USA Today- James S. Robbins
You can’t fact check leadership, and tonight Donald Trump showed himself a leader.
In the run-up to the Hofstra
presidential debate, the Clinton campaign mounted a concerted effort to
make fact-checking the centerpiece of the event. Campaign manager Robby Mook argued that "it’s unfair to ask that Hillary Clinton both play traffic cop
with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present
her vision for what she wants to do for the American people." Mook said
that if Trump “lied,” it was moderator Lester Holt’s responsibility to point that out.
Fact-checking has never been an accepted role for debate moderators. Janet Brown, head of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said that a moderator should not “serve as the Encyclopedia Britannica.” And moderator Candy Crowley’s ill-advised intervention against Mitt Romney in 2012 showed why fact checking on the fly is a bad idea.
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