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Trump and Clinton's presidential appearance: Darcy cartoon
How does fawning over Putin make Trump look presidential or a strong Commander-in-Chief ? Trump looks more like a useful idiot to Putin. CLEVELAND, Ohio --  Donald Trump has said he doesn't think Hillary Clinton has "a presidential look."   The question is does Trump act like a president, let alone look the part? Tuesday, in an ABC News interview, Trump said of Clinton:"Well, I just don't think she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look."   Monday, while in Cleveland speaking before a group of men, Trump said with sarcasm, "and she looks presidential, fellows." Granted, Hillary Clinton doesn't look like past presidents.  They were all men, some with full beards.  Trump's comment was predictably sexist.   Spoken like a guy who criticized Carly Fiorina's looks.  Spoken like a guy who runs beauty pageants and a modeling agency that has been accused of taking advantage of young women and immigration loop holes.   Spoken like a guy whose media advisor is Roger Ailes, who was just forced out as head of Fox News as a result of multiple sexual harassment allegations. Spoken like a guy who tweeted cynically that military rapes should have come as no surprise after women were allowed to enlist. During NBC's Commander-in-Chief forum, Clinton looked as presidential as any man who has run.  But she also looked rusty, defensive and like she still hadn't grasped that the official language of the U.S. is not the legalese and wonkese she has proven fluent in. NBC's horrible format and moderator Matt Lauer's performance, further hindered Clinton.    Clinton and Trump were given 30 minutes each to answer a flurry of questions on weighty topics.    Lauer's performance has been universally panned for unfairness, sloppiness and sexism, according to The New York Times. Lauer interrupted Clinton repeatedly.  At one point, when a veteran in the audience asked Clinton for her plan to defeat ISIS, Lauer interjected, telling Clinton to reply "as briefly as you can." While Lauer requested that both candidates refrain from attacking each other, he didn't stop Trump from taking repeated swipes at Clinton and Obama.   Most egregiously, Lauer let Trump's false claim that he was "totally against the war in Iraq" go unchallenged. Lauer taking a softer tone with Trump should have been expected.   Lauer has interviewed Trump many times before on the "Today" show when the subject was just stuff like Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice" not ISIS.    NBC would have been better off even having Al Roker moderate. Trump-Putin bromance Trump may think he has a "presidential look" but he certainly didn't act like a U.S. president during the NBC forum. Is it presidential to fawn over Vladimir Putin as Trump continued to do during the Lauer interview?   While I agree that Obama has been played by Putin more than once, and has come off looking weak, that will never alter my opinion that Putin is really, really bad and dangerous guy. In the U.S., Putin has an 8% approval rating.  Trump is among those 8% having said that Putin is a better leader than Obama.    Putin's political opponents in Russia have  turned up dead, poisoned or imprisoned.   What does Trump think would happen to him if he was living in Russia and opposing Putin? How does kissing up to Putin make Trump look presidential or like a strong Commander-in-Chief ?  Trump looks more like a useful idiot to Putin, who is playing him just as bad as he played Obama. Intel briefing claim How presidential did Trump look talking about a classified intelligence briefing?   A qualified Commander-in-Chief wouldn't even discuss a classified intelligence briefing in public, let alone make the absurd assertions Trump did to Lauer. Trump claimed that he learned in his briefing that the Obama administration wasn't following the advice of the intel analysts.  Trump said he deduced this from reading the body language of the analysts briefing him.   Intel analysts are professionals trained to be non-partisan and just present the information in such situations.    U.S. Generals reduced to rubble. Did Trump look presidential and act like a Commander-in-Chief when he asserted he knows more than U.S Generals, who he said have been reduced to rubble? Apparently, Trump's qualified to speak about U.S Generals because once owned the New Jersey Generals of the defunct USFL, which Trump has been blamed for destroying.  In the same vain, Trump was qualified to speak about U.S. education at Cleveland's Arts and Social Science Academy because he founded the vaunted Trump University.
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Lauer’s rough night increases pressure on debate moderators
Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out for telling lies.Online critics hit Lauer for spend...
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NBC's forum draws 14.7 million viewers, but Matt Lauer gets pummeled
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Lauer's rough night increases pressure on debate moderators
NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out…
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NBC: Matt Lauer was a 'disaster'

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Clinton seeks to raise cash off Matt Lauer interview of Trump
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Why Matt Lauer is taking heat over his Trump interview
The Fix’s Callum Borchers explains why Matt Lauer, the NBC host who questioned Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sept. 7 on national security at a “commander-in-chief forum,” is being criticized for his performance.
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NBC's 'Commander in Chief Forum' draws 10.8 million viewers, but Matt Lauer gets pummeled for his moderating
The first joint appearance of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum” averaged 10.8 million viewers on Wednesday. But the performance by moderator Matt Lauer, co-anchor of “Today,” became a hot topic during and after the event held at the Intrepid...
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TV Ratings: NBC’s ‘Commander-in-Chief Forum’ Tops Wednesday
NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” was Wednesday’s big winner, earning 10.8 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo — numbers which are likely to be adjusted upwards after MSNBC’s simulcast and additional time zone ratings are factored in. The hour saw Matt Lauer interview presidential candidatesHillary Clinton and Donald Trump in separate segments,... Read more »
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’Scary’ Trump & friendly media: Clinton’s first press event
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton held her first press conference in 278 days, blasting her Republican rival Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, while taking friendly questions from the assembled reporters. Read Full Article at RT.com
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How's your #PresidentialFace? Twitter jumps on Priebus for Clinton smile tweet
The RNC chairman described Clinton as "no smile and uncomfortable" after a forum with NBC.
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Matt Lauer gets pummeled online over his questions at Commander-in-Chief forum
When Lester Holt presides over the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, he may look to Wednesday night's presidential forum hosted by NBC News colleague Matt Lauer as a warning. Lauer was pummeled on social media for his performance at the Commander-in-Chief forum, especially among supporters...
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Matt Lauer gets panned over handling of candidate forum
Campaign 2016 updates: Voters struggle to commit, presenting a challenge for Trump and Clinton Sept. 8, 2016, 5:34 a.m. Donald Trump will stop in Cleveland, Ohio today. Hillary Clinton heads to Kansas City, Mo., for the National Baptist Convention. Voters are finding it harder than usual to commit...
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Matt Lauer Gets Pummeled Over His Questions, or Lack Thereof, at Commander-in-Chief Forum
When Lester Holt presides over the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, he may look to Wednesday night’s presidential forum hosted by NBC News colleague Matt Lauer as a warning. Lauer was pummeled on social media for his performance at the Commander-in-Chief forum, especially among supporters of Hillary Clinton, who were irked by his fixation... Read more »
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Donald Trump defends 2013 tweet about allowing women to serve in the military
"What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?" Trump tweeted in 2013.
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Liberals lambast Matt Lauer for presidential forum
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Broadcast legend and Temple prof for 65 years, Lew Klein's life is a lesson

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Conway denies she sent ‘Love You’ tweet to white nationalist
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway showed some love to a Twitter user who appears to identify as a white nationalist.
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NBC acquires stake in Euronews, shuffles news executives
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC News is buying a minority stake in the overseas television news outlet Euronews, appointing NBC News President Deborah Turness to run it, and having "Today" show chief executive Noah Oppenheim replace her as NBC News president. NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack on Tuesday announced the ...
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Bob Costas steps down as NBC host of Olympics; Mike Tirico to replace him
Costas, who turns 65 next month, said he would remain with NBC Sports and make appearances.         
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Why Tamron Hall walked away from Today: ‘She wasn’t going to settle for sitting on the sidelines’
It’s a new day for journalist Tamron Hall.
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Al Roker wishes Tamron Hall well after her 'Today' departure
Annie MartinFeb. 3 (UPI) -- Al Roker shared a message for Tamron Hall on "Today" following word the broadcast journalist is leaving NBC and MSNBC.
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Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan dazzle at 'Fifty Shades Darker' premiere
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NBC accused of ‘whitewashing’ by National Association of Black Journalists after Tamron Hall exit
The National Association of Black Journalists is accusing NBC of “whitewashing” after the network announced Wednesday that longtime anchor Tamron Hall is leaving the network.
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Tamron Hall's departure sparks accusation of NBC 'whitewashing'
The National Association of Black Journalists has ripped NBC News
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Billy Bush Negotiating Exit From NBC After Lewd Tape
The “Today” host is negotiating his departure after the release of a video in which he cheered on Donald J. Trump as he made vulgar comments about women.
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Samantha Bee Stings NBC Anew Over Its Handling of Donald Trump
Contrary to popular belief, Samantha Bee thinks very well of Jimmy Fallon. But she’s not terribly impressed with his employer, NBCUniversal. Bee raised eyebrows earlier this week on her TBS program “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” when she called into question Fallon’s handling of a guest appearance by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The NBC... Read more »
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NBC Teams Up with AltspaceVR to Stream Presidential Debates in Virtual Reality
Here’s another first for this election cycle: The Presidential Debates will be streamed in virtual reality, and you’ll be able to join up with other viewers and have virtual viewing parties, complete with customizable avatars. These VR viewing parties are being held by NBC in AltspaceVR, an events-focused virtual world that has recreated the broadcaster’s... Read more »
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Samantha Bee Condemns NBC and Jimmy Fallon’s Trump Interview
On her show, “Full Frontal,” Ms. Bee said NBC wrongly gives Donald J. Trump a platform because the network’s executives don’t feel threatened by his rhetoric.
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Trump: Let's debate with no moderator
Donald Trump said he'd like to do away with debate moderators and simply engage in a one-on-one discussion with Hillary Clinton.
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Analysis: Donald Trump calls for no debate moderators a week after praising them
Monday Donald Trump is having a debate with Last Week Donald Trump about whether he's satisfied with his debate moderators. In an interview with CNBC on Monday morning, Trump said the presidential debates should feature no moderators, because he knows before the debates are even held that they...
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The debate before the debate: Donald Trump Last Week vs. Donald Trump Now
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Donald Trump protests format tor presidential debates
Republican candidate prefers no moderators, saying they would be unfair to him       
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Trump wants to debate Clinton without a moderator
Donald Trump wants to debate Hillary Clinton — but he doesn’t want a moderator on stage with them. “I think we should have a debate with no moderator, just Hillary and I sitting there talking,” Trump said Monday morning in a phone interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” The Republican presidential candidate said that criticism of...
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Hondo finds Folt’
Hondo lost another chance to crack the 4,000 barrier on Sunday night when the Cardinals were Garropolo’d by the Patriots to reduce the earnings to 3,878 horners. Monday night: Mr. Aitch will take a stab with Foltynewicz — 20 units on Los Bravos. Or Niners. A bunch of topless female bicycle riders conducted a tour...
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PopPolitics: Debate Moderators Will Grapple With Role of Referee (Listen)
After Matt Lauer’s performance got panned hosting the Commander in Chief Forum last week, it’s putting a lot more pressure on the moderators of the upcoming presidential debates. Is it their duty to fact-check the candidates, to step in when a candidate makes a falsehood? The idea that the moderators will be a “referee” also... Read more »
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Potent Critiques of NBC Forum Raise Stakes for Moderators
Criticisms over a prime-time forum hosted by Matt Lauer foreshadow the scrutiny, and anxiety, facing the anchors presiding over a trio of Trump-Clinton debates.
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Trump says Clinton was 'terrible,' Matt Lauer did 'a very good job' at forum
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized rival Hillary Clinton's answers about her email use at NBC News's Commander-in-Chief Forum, and praised host Matt Lauer. "I thought Matt Lauer did a very good job. I mean, his questions to me were very tough," he said during the Values Voter Summit on Sept. 9.
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NBC News chief praises Matt Lauer's forum performance
Campaign 2016 updates: Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump's praise of Putin 'unseemly' Sept. 9, 2016, 5:51 p.m. Donald Trump is in Washington, D.C. today for several events. Hillary Clinton talks about Donald Trump'spraise of Vladmir Putin, calling it 'unseemly' When it comes to North Korea, Clinton...
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NBC execs panic after Lauer’s ‘pathetic’ presidential interviews
When critics widely panned his interviews, sources said NBC honchos were desperately spinning positive stories with little luck.
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NBC News Chief Defends Matt Lauer Performance at Candidate Forum
Everyone from “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff has offered unkind words for the way NBC News’ Matt Lauer moderated a candidate forum this week that involved both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But the veteran “Today” anchor has at least one person in his corner: His boss. In... Read more »
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NBC News chief Andy Lack praises Matt Lauer's presidential forum performance
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack is standing up for Matt Lauer after the “Today” co-anchor was torched for his moderating skills at Wednesday’s “Commander In Chief Forum.” Lack issued an internal memo to staffers late Friday congratulating them on the news division’s one-hour special, in which presidential...
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When is the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?
The first presidential debate is scheduled run from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. You can catch it on most major television networks and cable news channels. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign planes crossed paths in Cleveland on Labor Day -- but the candidates won't meet for their first presidential debate until later this month. The debate is scheduled run from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. You can catch it on most major television networks and cable news channels. The debate was originally scheduled to take place at Ohio's Wright State University, but the institution pulled out of hosting the event in July, citing money problems. Check out the debate details below: When? The debate will run from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, according to uspresidentialelectionnews.com. The school also hosted debates in 2008 and 2012. Who? Clinton is set to debate Trump, with "NBC Nightly News" Anchor Lester Holt moderating, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. What? The debates will be split into six, 15-minute parts, each focused on a specific topic. So expect the debate to last about 90 minutes. The candidates will each get two minutes to answer, and the chance to respond to each other. Channels? You can watch the debates on C-SPAN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, according to uspresidentialelectionnews.com.
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