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Lester Holt’s performance last night at the first presidential debate is being called in to question by many and depending on whom one asks (starting with me), Holt’s performance was clearly biased leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind as Holt on several occasions channeled Candy Crowley during his exchanges with Donald Trump going so far as to fact-check Trump.

Channeling Candy Crowley, Holt challenged Donald Trump on a number of issues while giving Hillary Clinton a pass, challenging her once.  In fact, at least twice, Clinton boldly directed Holt willfully carried Clinton’s water.

Even Alex Griswold of Mediaite who is no fan of Donald Trump describes “Holt’s choice of questions was demonstrably one-sided against Trump…”

As for Holt’s line of questions and fact-checking, the candidate(s), Griswold stated:

Even we give Holt a point for asking Clinton a single difficult question, that fact remains that he asked Trump four times as many negative questions….In addition, at certain times in the debate, Holt interrupted to fact-check the candidates. Every single one of these fact-checks were directed toward Trump…

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As pointed out by Heat Street, it was two against one as Trump found himself up against Clinton and Holt, a Clinton donor, who the Clinton Campaign must’ve provided a list of questions to pummel Trump on such as stop-and-frisk, birtherism which actually began with Sidney Blumenthal, Trump’s so-called women problem, his corporate bankruptcy filings and failure to release his tax returns all of which were meant to distract and deflect Trump, some successfully, others not.

Not mentioned by Holt but should have been, were matters concerning Americans to which many questions remain such as the Clinton Foundation and Benghazi for starters.

Barely touching the surface (no pun intended), as Holt repeatedly grilled Trump over the release of his tax returns, was the momentary mention by Trump of Clinton’s deletion of 33,000 emails to which Holt showed no interest in following up with Clinton.

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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)…

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As expected, Twitter was unforgiving.

 

Finally, there are those in the mainstream media commending Holt for a job well done while also pointing out that Holt is a registered Republican.

To quote Hillary Clinton, “what difference does it make?”

We have had more than a year of endless vile attacks on Trump and his supporters from “registered Republican elitists” aka members of Progressive Republican establishment who have willingly bedded down with Hillary Clinton to destroy Donald Trump.  Holt’s shilling for Hillary is no different.

Geoffrey Dickens of Newsbusters article entitled,   Presidential Debate Moderator Lester Holt’s Most Liberal Moments says it all.

One more thing:

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