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Matt Lauer Hosted Veterans’ Forum Because Donald Trump Is Afraid Of Rachel Maddow

I think everyone agrees that Matt Lauer performance on NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” was a “disaster”. Any of the other journalists considered for the gig would have done a better job than Matt Lauer, but the person who was both most qualified and most deserving of the opportunity was Rachel Maddow.

Maddow would have been a tough interview for both candidates, but she wouldn’t let Trump get away with his generalities. But according to several new reports, Rachel Maddow was not allowed to host the forum because Donald Trump would have objected to her involvement.

So the network catered to the Republican nominee’s constant need to be soft-balled in interviews by going with a morning show host.

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Today, CNN shed light on why NBC and MSNBC heavyweights were shunned for Lauer:

“Others within NBC were considered as potential moderators. A source said Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, and Rachel Maddow all came up during the process. Lack went with Lauer, and both campaigns supported the choice. The Trump campaign almost certainly would have objected to Maddow as moderator.

While Lauer deserves blame for the disaster, the fault heavily rests with NBC for not having the guts to pick the best interviewer for the job. Rachel Maddow should have been asking the questions. But Trump would have been pleading the Fifth on every question.

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