By Tom Johnson | September 24, 2016 | 4:01 PM EDT

In the presidential debate this coming Monday, Peter Beinart wants moderator Lester Holt to set a tone that the moderators of the subsequent debates would maintain. Each should “confront [Donald] Trump in ways they’ve never confronted a candidate before,” wrote Beinart earlier this week. “The more audaciously he lies, the more audaciously they must tell the truth. The risks of doing so are tremendous. The rewards are being able to say that when Donald Trump threatened American liberal democracy like no candidate in modern history, you met his challenge square on.” Beinart noted that “since Trump has largely stopped giving interviews to anyone except campaign sycophants and celebrity lightweights, the debates may serve as his last encounter with actual journalists.”

By Kyle Drennen | September 23, 2016 | 3:49 PM EDT

On Friday’s NBC Today, the hosts of the 9 a.m. ET hour ran to the defense of NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in the wake of Donald Trump questioning the political views of the presidential debate moderator. Weatherman Al Roker proclaimed: “Lester Holt is moderating it, and if there's anybody who can withstand the pressure and be down the middle and cool and calm and take this thing on, it is Lester Holt.”

By NB Staff | September 23, 2016 | 1:45 PM EDT

A day after the Media Research Center’s 2016 Gala, MRC president Brent Bozell dropped by Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast to provide his predictions of the first presidential debate as well as slam the left for already “working the refs” using a page from “the Clinton playbook” dating back to the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

By Jorge Bonilla | September 20, 2016 | 11:17 PM EDT

El presentador de Noticiero Univision Jorge Ramos persiste en justificar la iniciativa "Ramos debe irse" del MRC. Su columna de opinión de esta semana hace un llamado a los moderadores de los debates presidenciales a que abandonen la objetividad y se unan al debate.

By Brent Bozell | and By Tim Graham | September 20, 2016 | 10:47 PM EDT

The latest Gallup poll confirms that the level of trust in the media has reached another new low. For Republicans, the percentage who hold a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the press has dropped precipitously to 14 percent.

It’s no accident these numbers emerged while the liberal press slams the GOP nominee as too dangerous to be allowed to win. Public trust is on the line when moderators line up for the presidential debates. Will they be fair, or will they deide “history” is too important and pound on Trump before a national audience?

By Curtis Houck | September 20, 2016 | 9:11 PM EDT

With the first 2016 presidential debate approaching on Monday, a portion of Tuesday’s Hardball on MSNBC was dedicated to looking back at some iconic moments from past debates and host Chris Matthews used the time to express his sheer anger that still permeates four years later at Mitt Romney for his “terrible performance” in the first 2012 debate where he “walked in like he’s a better man” than President Obama.

By Jorge Bonilla | September 19, 2016 | 1:14 PM EDT

Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos continues to do his best to justify the underlying bases behind the MRC's "Ramos Must Go" campaign. This week's multinational syndicated opinion column features a call for debate moderators to join him in abandoning objectivity and inserting themselves into the debates.

By Brad Wilmouth | September 18, 2016 | 10:25 PM EDT

As Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine appeared on five Sunday talk shows, only CNN's Jake Tapper brought up Friday's reports that longtime Hillary Clinton friend and advisor Sidney Blumenthal tried to push anti-Obama birtherism into the media during the 2008 presidential campaign by pitching it to McClatchy's then-Washington bureau chief. The other Sunday talk shows failed to bring up the story even though Kaine in most of his appearances complained about birtherism, at several points calling it "bigoted."

By Tom Blumer | September 8, 2016 | 10:47 PM EDT

Matt Lauer's supposedly overly rough treatment of Hillary Clinton Wednesday night at the Commander-in-Chief Forum in White Plains, New York has become such a big thing that the low-information voter fast-food providers at Inside Edition felt the need to cover it.

Lauer did interrupt Mrs. Clinton seven times — relatively politely — and allowed Former Air Force & Navy flight officer Lt. John Lester to berate her for having "clearly corrupted our national security," and for taking actions for which he "would have been prosecuted and imprisoned." The Today Show host, perhaps realizing that he had some lefty credibility to regain, appeared to try to overcompensate with Trump. He was much tougher on him, interrupting 13 times, and far more confrontationally.

By Curtis Houck | September 8, 2016 | 3:16 PM EDT

With so-called neutral media critics throwing temper tantrums late Wednesday and early Thursday about NBC’s Today co-host Matt Lauer harshly questioning both presidential  candidates (including Hillary Clinton) at the Commander in Chief Forum, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and Howard Kurtz appeared to have had enough as they fired back at the desperate criticism on America’s Newsroom.

By Kristine Marsh | September 7, 2016 | 12:17 PM EDT

On Wednesday’s The View, the panel discussed the upcoming presidential debates and what the roles of the moderators should be. The discussion started with agreement that moderators should fact-check each candidate throughout the debate and how that was helpful for viewers who may not be “political junkies.” Behar then brought up 2012 debate moderator, Candy Crowley and insinuated that she was punished for fact-checking Romney.

By Kyle Drennen | August 26, 2016 | 4:12 PM EDT

In a screed published on news channel Fusion’s website on Friday, executive editor Dodai Stewart and editor-in-chief Alexis C. Madrigal demanded that white men need not apply to the job of being presidential debate moderators in the fall: “This isn’t what America looks like. Issues around race, gender, immigration, discrimination and justice are not just talking points – they’re a matter of life or death for many. We need moderators who better reflect this reality.”