Last night was the much-anticipated first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Social justice warriors quickly whined that Donald Trump was being mean and sexist by interrupting Hillary Clinton, but funnily enough, they give Clinton and debate moderator Lester Holt a complete pass for his biased behavior.
It turns out, Holt challenged Trump with follow-up questions six times last night, and challenged Hillary… zero times. Holt pressed Trump to explain his reluctance to release his tax returns. Trump first said that his lawyers advised him not to release them, as his returns are being audited by the IRS. But as Holt continued to challenge him, Trump eventually said that he would agree to release his tax returns when Hillary releases the e-mails she’s tried to hide for so long.
Holt also pushed Trump on his support for “stop-and-frisk” policing, which Trump says is needed in high-crime areas. Holt, however, says that the practice is unconstitutional and racist. Trump was further questioned by Holt on the “birther” controversy, with Holt asking Trump why it took him so long to announce that Obama was, indeed, born in the United States.
But when it came to Hillary, Holt broke out the kid gloves. He only once came anywhere near asking her a tough question, but even then, it was a setup for her to be able to get her talking points out there. He asked her what could be done to suppress the “implicit bias” and institutionalized racism in police departments across the country. Hillary responded by agreeing that police departments have an implicit bias, but then said that it wasn’t just police — all Americans have implicit bias, according to her.
The issue, of course, is not that Lester Holt asked Donald Trump tough questions. That’s the job of the media. They should be asking tough questions. The problem is when only one candidate is challenged on their answered. Hillary should have been asked tough questions, too. Holt could have, and should have, pressed her on any number of issues — the e-mail scandal, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation corruption — yet he just let her skate by.
And the media wonders why people don’t trust them anymore.