Debate Previews Focus on Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC

Headline Roundup October 22nd, 2020

Ahead of the second and final presidential debate Thursday night, previews from media outlets have focused much of their coverage on the history and potential bias of the moderator, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker. On Oct. 17, President Donald Trump tweeted that Welker was "terrible and unfair;" Welker joined NBC News in 2010 and has been a White House correspondent since 2011.

Some media outlets on the left focused their coverage on fact-checking claims that Welker had Democratic ties; other left-rated outlets condemned purported "right wing smear campaigns" of Welker. Some coverage from the right concentrated on whether Welker will address the New York Post's story on Hunter Biden's emails; several others also published stories focusing on a photo of Welker and the Obamas from a 2012 White House Christmas party, and alleging that Welker's family donated thousands of dollars to Democratic presidential candidates.

Debate Previews Focus on Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC

From the Center
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OPINION

NBC News’ Kristen Welker will moderate tonight’s debate. Her name has been in the news a lot the past few days, mostly because President Donald Trump keeps running her down, calling her “terrible” and “totally partisan.” But she’s a well-respected journalist, even earning praise from Trump adviser Jason Miller, who called her “very fair.”

She is especially well respected inside NBC News. When she was named a moderator, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim told his staff, “The selection of Kristen as a moderator is a testament to her talent, skill,...

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From the Right
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The pressure is building for NBC News’ Kristen Welker to address the ongoing scandal surrounding a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden and containing damning emails, texts and photos during Thursday night’s final presidential debate as the mainstream media has essentially dismissed the story. "This is a moment of truth for Kristen Welker and NBC News, in which they are caught between doing their job or protecting Joe Biden,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William Jacobson told Fox News.

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From the Left
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The smear campaign against Kristen Welker—who is moderating Thursday’s second and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden—began last Saturday with a hit piece by Trump-friendly New York Post reporter Jon Levine.

“Kristen Welker, upcoming presidential debate moderator, has deep Democrat ties,” screamed the headline, while Levine insinuated that the longtime NBC White House correspondent, a registered independent, must not only embrace the same politics as her parents—generous donors to Democratic causes and candidates—but that she also allows her parents’ beliefs to steer her journalism.

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