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Huffington Post: Matt Lauer Failed The Moderator Test
I watched the Commander-in-Chief Forum last night hosted by NBC's Matt Lauer. Hillary Clinton answered questions for the first half hour and right off the bat Lauer started grilling Clinton on her e-mails interrupting her on several occasions. Nevertheless, she answered the questions clearly in the language military folks should understand.
On other questions she showed why she is the clear choice for Commander-in-Chief displaying knowledge and insight on how foreign policy works. Rachel Maddow afterward piled on her comment that she would not use ground troops to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. "We have 5,000 troops now" Rachel repeated again and again. Clinton has repeatedly differentiated between "boots on the ground" and the special forces being used for quick attacks, but Rachel sees them all as "boots on the ground" and suggested that Clinton wasn't being honest.
Trump got a free ride from Lauer. Despite being asked to not make it political he continually blasted both Obama and Clinton throughout his half hour. It was excruciating for me to watch as Trump was not questioned on his lies. He repeatedly said that he never supported the Iraq war citing a 2004 interview with Esquire. But as everyone in the media knows, there are tapes of Trump showing his support for the Iraq war before the war and after the war as Hillary claimed. This is a "no brainer" yet Lauer never challenged him on it as he had done with Clinton on her e-mails.
Huffington Post: Donald Trump: Generals ‘Reduced To Rubble’ Under Obama, Clinton
Trump's answers on military generals being "reduced to rubble" under Obama and Clinton was startling in itself and showed no knowledge on how the military works. But he got a free ride on that as well. Equally stupid was Trump's suggestion that we should have taken the oil in Iraq and if we had ISIS would not exist. Really really stupid.
However, the real eyebrow opener was Trump's claim that during his two CISA briefings he said that Obama had gone against the advice of the CIA. How did he know this? From the body language of the CIA representatives giving the briefing to Trump. Well he got a free ride on that as well from Lauer.
I wonder about this. NBC and MSNBC both being "for profit media" are seemingly willing to give Trump a pass while Clinton's e-mails are the number one subject on both channels day after day after day. Somebody high up in the organization has decided that they will make the Clinton e-mail story the number one story on every one of their programs. I am sick of hearing about Clinton's e-mails.