Michael Smerconish hosted Media Matters founder David Brock on his CNN program Saturday, and challenged the Hillary Clinton ally over his demand that Chris Wallace be removed as moderator for the final 2016 presidential debate.
One of Brock’s biggest problems with Wallace is that the Fox host has said it’s not his place to be a fact-checker during the debate, and it was on that point that Smerconish started things off by bringing up the recent criticisms of Matt Lauer. While Smerconish said that Lauer should’ve called out Donald Trump‘s Iraq War fib, he questioned Brock on whether that would’ve been appropriate for a debate, instead of a forum.
“A debate is a joust,” Smerconish said. “It will be up to Hillary Clinton to correct that record.”
Brock conceded that it’s Clinton’s responsibility to defeat her opponent, but he retorted that Trump consistently uses lies and false arguments that Wallace shouldn’t simply permit unchallenged. Brock also stuck with his insistence that having Wallace moderate would be a conflict of interest now that his old boss Roger Ailes is on Trump’s team.
Smerconish then grilled Brock further on whether he has any solid proof that Ailes will give Trump the upper hand, and whether questioning Wallace as a moderator is an attempt to take the burden off Clinton.
You can watch how Brock responded in the video above, via CNN.
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