Skip to comments.Kristen Welker, the Next Debate Moderator, Got Busted Tipping Off Team Hillary in 2016
Posted on 10/20/2020 9:17:41 PM PDT by Mount Athos
I knew, shortly after scheduled debate moderator and C-SPAN anchor Steve Scully claimed to have been hacked, that it was all over for him.
Scully, who had been tapped by the Commission on Presidential Debates to host the second showdown between President Trump and Joe Biden before its cancelation, was criticized on Twitter by President Trump as being a NeverTrumper. Scully, a veteran of a cable network beloved by wonks and political geeks alike, could have just about asked anyone orbiting the Beltway to advise him what to.
Naturally, what he did was confirm he was a NeverTrumper by asking onetime White House communications director and all-around human joke Anthony Scaramucci how to handle it: @Scaramucci should I respond to trump, he tweeted in what was apparently intended to be a private message.
Scully quickly claimed he was hacked and took his tweets private. As anyone who remembers the downfall of Anthony Carlos Danger Weiner can attest, if youve made a digital oopsie and need to cover your tracks, saying youve been hacked is the worst possible explanation and this includes saying youd mixed Vicodin, Klonopin and eight shots of Bacardi and had no memory of tweeting that sucker. This is because, unlike claiming youd ingested a dangerous cocktail of intoxicants and then decided to take to social media, it doesnt take much forensic work to disprove that you were hacked.
According to CNN, Scully issued an apology last week, saying hed made errors in judgment. Hes currently on administrative leave, meaning he wont be fielding prank calls on Washington Journal, much less moderating any debates.
Next up to the plate when it comes to debate moderators is Kristen Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent. Welker is in charge of questioning during this weeks debate, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Now, remember, Steve Scully a soporific non-entity for the oatmeal of cable political channels, a man even C-SPAN watchers could only probably identify after they were told hes the one that kind of looks like Lindsey Graham if you squint turned out to be a biased mess. Welker is a reporter for the most left-leaning of the major broadcast networks in an era where White House correspondents are expected to behave in the combative mold of Jim Acosta. What are the odds she turns out to be less partisan?
Probably not great, but shed prefer you not know that. Welker, famous for tipping off Hillary Clintons spokeswoman on camera about a question she would ask during an interview, briefly deactivated her Twitter account in the wake of Scullys scandal.
Welker, who has over 160,000 followers, decided to deactivate her account on Oct. 9 in the wake of the Scully/Mooch debacle, according to Fox News. It was later restored.
Deleting the account wouldnt actually have made things much easier for Welker, who, the New York Post, points out has deep Democrat ties.
She was a registered Democrat in Rhode Island in 2004 and Washington, D.C., in 2012. Neither of these should surprise you. Nor should it be a surprise that, as the Post reported, [h]er mother, Julie Welker, a prominent real estate broker in Philadelphia, and father, Harvey Welker, a consulting engineer, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and close to $20,000 to Barack Obama alone. Theyve also donated to Joe Bidens campaign this year.
When it comes to Donald Trump, meanwhile, here are the kind of questions shes asked as White House correspondent: Mr. President, yes or no. have you ever worked for Russia. Yes or no?
Meanwhile, here she is talking with Jen Palmieri of Hillary Clintons campaign during the 2016 Democratic primary process:
Go ahead, youre live. Translation: Dont let on this interview is less than candid.
The incident took place right after a debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan, in March 2016. It may seem minor in hindsight, but it wasnt at the time.
At the time, Sen. Sanders was hanging around longer than the Clinton campaign, which was expecting a coronation, had anticipated. The debate in Flint was meant to highlight the water crisis in the city and underscore key differences in the candidates messages: Clintons positioning as a realist who could get things done in Washington against Sanders rhetoric on economic inequality. Sanders would eventually take the state and the win would become one of the first signs the insurgent candidacy was going to be more nettlesome than originally predicted.
The fact that Welker was going along to get along with Clintons people was unsurprising, even though it should have been disqualifying.
The same spirit was also in evidence during the 2016 debates, which might have been part of the reason why Welker didnt want her Twitter account up:
Anyone whos ever dealt with Welker knows shes an activist, not a reporter. The White House press team views her the same way they would AOC or Pelosi if they walked in the office, the New York Post quoted a senior White House official as saying.
According to the Washington Examiner, NBC has pointed to Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller saying Welker is very fair in her approach and a good choice for the third debate.
That sounds a lot like a pro forma statement, however and the president doesnt concur:
Given the tenor of the recent debates, anyone short of Cincinnatus as moderator would likely raise some eyebrows. After Chris Wallaces disastrous outing during the first exchange, we had laffaire Scully and then the dueling town halls, where NBCs Savannah Guthrie was apparently under the impression that moderator and prosecutor were synonyms while Joe Biden was given questions only slightly more difficult than what his favorite movie was. (Thatd be Chariots of Fire, by the way, just in case you needed more evidence the Democratic nominee couldnt be more basic.)
So now, we have a registered Democrat who straight-up asked the president whether he worked for Russia and was willing to tip off Hillary Clintons people during an interview four years ago about what questions shed be asking them.
Forget pining for Chris Wallace, Savannah Guthrie or Steve Scully. Depending on how much of a dumpster fire this turns out to be, we all might actually have been better off settling for Anthony Scaramucci. Heaven knows the man needs the work.
Shouldn’t be a concern at this point in history. The Democrats now provide the questions to the secondary sparing partner, aka moderator.
Trump knows all this.
We have no one to blame but ourselves for allowing the left to metastasize into the vital areas of our political lives.
That's an unfair statement. Would I LOVE to see Andrew Wilkow as the moderator? You betcha. Would that be fair? Probably more than what we will get tomorrow.
But I think even if we had a hack like Wolf Blitzer or Megyn Kelly, or the former head of C-SPAN Brian Lamb, I think most of us wouldn't love it but would consider it a vast improvement than this clearly leftist moderator. At least you'd get a decent set of questions and some balance.
We aren't even asking for a bastion of impartiality, we just want a fair shot.
Remember when journalists reported the news?
Now most of them are flaming activists.
“We have no one to blame but ourselves for allowing the left to metastasize into the vital areas of our political lives.”
Your entire comment needs to be reposted.
Kristen: (asks stupid/biased question)
POTUS: Thanks for asking that, Kristen.
POTUS then proceeds to make his own remarks that have
absolutely nothing to do with the stupid/biased question
that he was just asked by the hack Kristen Welker.
Kristen: You didn't answer my question.
POTUS: You're right. Next question.
How, exactly, were we supposed to have done that?
I ask because if we should have done it in the past
there is nothing that prevents us from doing it now or in the future.
What's the plan?
Kristen: You didn’t answer my question.
POTUS: You didn’t ask the right question.
That won’t be a problem this time because the DNC gave the questions to her. Biden already knows what they are.
That would be a good response as well.
Perhaps it is best that there be a completely Leftist hack asking “questions” to Trump and pitching softballs to Biden - because if it is anywhere as obvious as those so-called “town halls” of last week, but now everyone is watching the same thing at the same time, then a lot of people who have not been paying attention are going to notice and vote the exact opposite way vs. what Welker intends. IOW, if it is so over-the-top, it will backfire. Keep in mind that the people watching tomorrow will be watching for one (or more) of three reasons: 1) they are political junkies (meaning that they’ve already made up their minds); 2) they are watching for the same reason that many watch hockey or car races - they want an accident or a fight, and in this case are waiting for Biden to start talking in a mixture of ancient Greek and gibberish, or for Trump to announce that he backs the KKK (IOW, these people have also made up their minds, and hoping to witness the opposition implode); or 3) they are undecided. Now, mind you, I don’t understand how someone can truly be undecided at this point, but some are and (obviously) haven’t yet voted. Those people are ripe pickings for Trump if Welker is too over-the-top, and the odds of that are (IMHO) significantly over 50%.
I hope Republicans keep pummeling the Commission on Presidential Debates and their moderators. Everyone involved in organizing these events needs to feel the heat. Change will not happen unless it’s forced.
Trump should avoid debates with hostile moderators.
Let the moderators talk with Biden for an hour.
Trump can be interviewed by someone friendly to him instead.
Thank Howard Zinn for that
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