After the first presidential debate ended with GOP nominee Donald Trump accusing moderator Lester Holt with going easy on Hillary Clinton, the October 9 moderators will likely be experiencing a lot of scrutiny. For now, here are the facts concerning Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz.
As it turns out, 49-year old Cooper has excluded himself out of the political process entirely, refusing to vote at all. He believes that reporters shouldn’t vote and goes to great lengths to ensure he stays unbiased.
However, he does believe that the average citizen should vote as it is their patriotic duty. His role, on the other hand, is to ask questions and doesn’t want those questions to be colored based on his personal preference.
In an interview with New York Magazine, he said that reporters should be an observer and be able to adapt with any group you’re in. Going into the presidential debate, Anderson Cooper is perhaps both candidates’ best chance at a fair moderation.
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Martha Raddatz, on the other hand, has been accused of bias over the course of her career. According to the Daily Caller, one of those came when it was discovered that Raddatz had Barack Obama at her 1991 wedding.
This happened before Obama entered politics. However this hasn’t stopped Republicans from bringing it up during the 2012 vice-presidential debate. Her home network ABC News and the Commission on Presidential Debates later came to her defense and the issue died down.
All things considered, Raddatz does a fairly good job at being objective when it comes to her reporting. Whether she registered as a Democrat or Republican is still under speculation however. This is due primarily to the information not being made public.
While Conservatives might still have some issues with Raddatz, these two are probably the only moderators can’t take issue with. Both are generally unbiased in their reporting and are not very vocal regarding their political views.
Catch the second round of the 2016 presidential debate on October 9, Sunday 9pm to 10:30pm ET.