The second presidential debate will be hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, it was announced Friday by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The choice of Cooper brings additional baggage to the second debate, already clouded by questions about Facebook’s involvement.
“I’m shocked someone who’s more pundit than journalist was included in the debate mix,” said Dan Gainor, vice president for Business and Culture for the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog. “When this election is over, GOP needs to rethink who it agrees to for debates. We already had the primary disaster with CNBC this year. It’s time to change formats and cut out lefty journalists altogether.”
Last June, when Cooper interviewed Pam Bondi, Florida attorney general, just after the Pulse gay nightclub massacre in Orlando,he repeatedly queried her — and seemed to berate her — for her previous stances on gay marriage.
Bondi later complained she was blindsided. She had shown up to discuss a terrible terrorist attack on mostly gay customers at a nightclub, and her record on gay marriage was called into question. It was made the issue of the moment by Cooper.
Aside from conservatives’ discomfort with Cooper’s style, the network he works for has been engaged in a high-profile feud with Donald Trump.
The timing of the announcement of Cooper as a moderator comes only weeks after Trump unleashed his wrath against CNN’s alleged bias in a “tweetstorm.” – READ MORE