The Commander-in-Chief Forum which hosted presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has turned into a public relations disaster for the forum’s host, Matt Lauer, who has been accused of giving the Republican nominee softball questions and allowing Trump to lie while attacking Hillary Clinton about her e-mail “scandal” which has already been shown to be an empty witch hunt. Many individuals have spoken out about Lauer, including President Barack Obama who pulled no punches in his disgust for Lauer’s slanted performance.
Obama held a press conference and spoke candidly about the matter. He said:
I think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen what he says and follow up, and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright bad ideas. There is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season, where somehow, behavior, that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous, becomes normalized. People start thinking that we should be grading on a curve.
The president’s point is a strong one. The media has made the conscious choice not to hold political figures accountable for their rhetoric and this is particularly true about Donald Trump. The forum was about foreign policy, and Trump offered rambling answers which were lacking substance. Lauer did not press Trump for further clarification, and during Clinton’s time he spent much of the evening speaking about her e-mails rather than allowing her to speak on foreign policy.
Watch Obama’s comments below:
“I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the United States” — President Obama on Donald Trump https://t.co/wAazcBbAyq
— CNN (@CNN) September 8, 2016