NBC’s Matt Lauer disqualified himself last night from interviewing politicians ever again. The display of his lack of journalistic integrity, along with that of NBC as a whole, has earned him and the network resounding criticism online. Lauer allowed Donald Trump to make the most outrageous lies in front of the nation, without even the slightest attempt to fact-check him.
Trump’s biggest lie of the night was that he was against the Iraq war, despite the fact we literally have the tapes of him on the Howard Stern show admitting he was in favor of it. Half of the entire internet knows Trump was for the Iraq war, so to suggest Lauer didn’t know it is unrealistic. Yet, he allowed him to just rattle off his BS without the slightest push-back.
Lauer also neglected the opportunity to force Trump to explain his disrespectful attitude towards fallen veterans and their surviving families. He was in a room surrounded by veterans, so it would have the perfect time to hear Trump’s explanation.
As a result, NBC has been lambasted, along with Lauer personally, for a failure of journalism on an epic scale. Not only did NBC put forth their absolutely worst excuse for an interviewer, but they completely surrendered their journalistic integrity by turning themselves into the Trump Propaganda Network.
It’s so bad, that even President Obama has decided to weigh in with some much-deserved criticism of NBC and Lauer personally. While Obama didn’t name names directly, the simple fact that there was only one presidential forum last night completely negates any uncertainty as to who Mr. Obama was talking about.
A portion of President Obama’s remarks about Trump are as follows:
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.
As far as Mr. Trump, I think I’ve already offered my opinion. I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be President of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed.
By comparison, Lauer grilled Hillary over her emails, yet again, in spite of the fact that there’s nothing there, there never has been anything there, and there won’t ever be anything there when it comes to them. NBC turned this forum into a Hillary hatchet-job while allowing Trump to run a 30-minute self-narrated infomercial for himself.
President Obama was visibly annoyed at this, when he gave some comments regarding the situation today, and he’s completely right. We depend on our media to allow us to develop an informed opinion on who we should be voting for to run our nation. If they abdicate their duties in this regard, they become just another Fox News.
Watch President Obama’s remarks below:
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