At least one unnamed NBC executive has admitted that Matt Lauer’s interview performance in its Commander-in-Chief Forum Wednesday was a “disaster.” Both Lauer and his close buddy Andy Lack, NBC News and MSNBC chairman, are getting walloped for a possible lack of preparation and a definite lack of on-air fact checking. Officially, NBC isn’t speaking to criticism of the event.
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 blasted on social media for his performance at the Commander-in-Chief forum, especially among supporters of Hillary Clinton. Then he took took heat from political journalists for not challenging Trump when he claimed that he opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning.
Before the debates get underway, NBC News’ Today co-anchor Matt Lauer will moderate the first joint candidate event of the 2016 general election. The NBC News/MSNBC Commander-in-Chief Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from New York.