At tonight’s debate, Donald Trump faced off not just against Hillary Clinton, but against moderator Lester Holt.
The game of two-on-one saw Holt ask no questions about:
The Clinton Foundation
While ignoring these issues, Holt grilled Trump on stop-and-frisk, the birther story, his comments about women, his many bankruptcies, why he hasn’t released his tax returns — and a host of other issues the media sees as unfriendly to the Republican candidate.
Holt also repeatedly attempted to “fact check” on some of Trump’s positions, such as his claim to have opposed the Iraq War from the beginning. Holt interrupted Trump several times to interject, but rarely succeeded (and may have come across as weak and impotent).
The Twittersphere has taken note:
— Tim S Clark (@TimSClark) September 27, 2016
Dumb @LesterHoltNBC was EXTREMELY bias during this debate
He did not question Crooked Hillary on Benghazi, Clinton Foundation & More!
— Jeff (@JeffTutorials) September 27, 2016
Bad job by Lester Holt & mainstream reporters on Trump walkout. Let him hang himself, tying the noose isn’t your job. Ethics, assholes.
— Tony Maglio (@TonyMaglio) September 27, 2016
Lester Holt train of thought right now:
Tax returns- ck
Birth Cert- ck
Emails? Health? Benghazi?
(Oops we ran out of time)
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) September 27, 2016
— Deplorable Jim (@SaveUSA1776) September 27, 2016
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) September 27, 2016
Nearly all of Holt's followups and fact-checking efforts were directed at Trump, not Clinton. Look for a big debate over his role
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 27, 2016
Lester Holt questions all attacks on Trump which put him on defense all night!! Not 1 question on any things she has done #debates
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) September 27, 2016
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 27, 2016
I don't know who this debate benefitted or not, but one sign will be if / how fast Trump attacks Lester Holt on Twitter.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 27, 2016
TRUMP CAMPAIGN ATTACKING @LesterHoltNBC!!!! Now you KNOW they know how bad this was.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 27, 2016