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Who Moderates US Presidential Debates?

NOTE: This blog post was inspired by my Quora answer.

According to Wikipedia, moderators are chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a supposedly non-partisan nonprofit organization consisting of both Republicans and Democrats and headed since 1987 by Janet H. Brown.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is hosting all 3 presidential debates.

Now here we are in Fall of 2020 and I question exactly how “bi-partisan” or “non-partisan” the debate committee actually is, seeing how all three moderators are hostile toward Trump, friends with Biden, or both.

Though Fox News as a whole is generally very favorable toward Trump, Chris Wallace, a Democrat who works for Fox News and is no fan of Trump, was chosen as the first moderator.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace via Wikimedia Commons

Chris Wallace via Wikimedia Commons

There was no shortage of uproar about the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. According to this well-balanced article by Jennifer Harper quoting PJ Media founder Roger Simon,

“Some felt Trump was rude and loutish. Others thought he was ganged up on two against one, with Fox’s Chris Wallace not even pretending to be a neutral moderator, (sic)”

Steve Scully

Steve Scully via Wikimedia Commons

Steve Scully via Wikimedia Commons

The second moderator will be Steve Scully, a former intern of Joe Biden. While some see cause for concern, especially since he tweeted “No, Not Trump, Not Ever” during the President’s 2016 campaign, as reported by Marie Claire others point at his ability to mediate and understanding of both parties, which he indicated stemmed from growing up in a household of 13 children.

Kristen Welker

Kristen Welker via Wikimedia Commons

Kristen Welker via Wikimedia Commons

The Third moderator will be Kristen Welker, a mixed-race journalist of black and Native American descent. According to Wikipedia, Welker is a Harvard grad who worked for several ABC affiliates before becoming NBC Whitehouse Correspondent in 2011, and in January 2020, co-anchor of a show called “Weekend Today”. She is also married to John Hughes, a marketing executive for Big Pharma.

The high left-bias of the chosen moderators has not gone unnoticed by the Trump campaign. In a statement by communications director Tim Murtaugh, the campaign complained that “the choice of moderators meant Biden would have a ‘teammate’ on stage ‘most of the time, (sic)’, as reported by ABC News.

Murtaugh elaborated:

“These are not the moderators we would have recommended if the campaign had been allowed to have any input. Some can be identified as clear opponents of President Trump, meaning Joe Biden will actually have a teammate on stage most of the time to help him excuse the radical, leftist agenda he is carrying. One thing is sure: Chris Wallace’s selection ensures that Biden will finally see him face-to-face after dodging his interview requests. That is, if Biden actually shows up, (sic)”

It seems President Trump has an uphill battle against him, where in each debate he will essentially be debating two people simultaneously, (well 3 or more, if you count whoever — allegedly — electronically communicated information and response text to Joe Biden) Joe Biden and whoever the moderator is.

The one good thing I can see coming from the prescribed setup is this: If Trump wins the debates anyway, against all odds, with even the moderators acting to thwart him, this could be the greatest triumph of humanity over evil since the Devil and Daniel Webster verbally tussled in New Hampshire two centuries ago.

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