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Moderator Lester Holt worked to keep control of debate

After initially taking a hands-off approach to the two strong-willed presidential candidates before him, NBC's Lester Holt more aggressively challenged Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the general election's first … Click to Continue »

The Debate: Round 1

44 minutes agoUS Politics / Conservative : Wizbang

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Lester Holt held the first presidential/moderator debate tonight. Holt apparently felt that the “lady” needed some assistance, so it wasn’t surprising to see him coming to the aid of the damsel in distress. Show More Summary

Donald Trump’s Missed Opportunity on Race

During Monday night’s debate, moderator Lester Holt offered Donald Trump a golden opportunity to dispel perceptions that his campaign is steeped in racism. But Trump, who lags greatly among voters of color, did not seem to have any interest in doing so. Midway through the debate, Holt, who is African American, asked the candidates what…

Last night’s debate, or the mansplaining Olympics

1 hour agoNews : ComPost

I have taken the liberty of abridging the debate in case you were one of the six or so Americans who did not watch.  LESTER HOLT: Welcome to the debate! I have somewhere else to be for the next half hour, so do not look for me to say anything or fact-check anyone. I will not. […]

Lester Holt gets out of the way as moderator, and the spin room approves

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt moderated his first presidential debate like a boxing referee who lets the fighters go at it in the middle of the ring. Holt’s largely non-obtrusive style during the first meeting of Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton had its detractors...

What Donald Trump Means When He Talks About Stop-and-Frisk

Midway through the first presidential debate of the 2016 election, moderator Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to tackle the racial divide. How would they bridge the gap between Americans with vastly different experiences of the country? Hillary Clinton went first and gave an answer that played to her strengths. Show More Summary

Lewandowski Defends Trump by Saying First Debates Aren’t ‘End All, Be All’

3 hours agoNews : Mediaite

See, he doesn't blame Lester Holt's moderation style for Trump's poor showing by any means.

How Hillary Clinton Went From Hesitant to Scorching

Mrs. Clinton, with some help from the moderator, Lester Holt, found her footing during the second half and attacked Mr. Trump on his treatment of women.

What does it mean that Donald Trump lost the debate?

What does it mean that Donald Trump lost Monday night’s presidential debate? Sure, Trump had no real answer to Lester Holt’s point that economic conditions are, in fact, improving. Or Holt’s point that he carried on with his racist “birtherism” long after President Obama released his birth certificate. Or Holt’s point that he has no […]

Where Was Lester Holt?

3 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

The first 2016 presidential debate was a golden opportunity for the NBC Nightly News anchor to introduce himself to a global audience. Instead he was steamrolled by both candidates.

Donald Trump Says Lester Holt Did ‘Great Job,’ but Some Surrogates Disagree

Though Donald Trump said he had no quarrel with debate moderator Lester Holt, his surrogates spent Monday night arguing their candidate got a raw deal from the NBC newsman.

Lester Holt Proved Debate Moderators Can Fact-Check

4 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. ? Lester Holt didn’t go the Matt Lauer route. While the “Today” show host faced heavy criticism earlier this month for failing to challenge Donald Trump’s persistent lie at a presidential forum that he was a staunch opponent...Show More Summary

The most important quotes of the first presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off Monday in the first of three presidential debates before Election Day on November 8. NBC's Lester Holt moderated the frequently contentious debate at Hofstra University in Long Island, which...Show More Summary

Parting shots: He hits her on stamina; she pounces in retort

Late in Monday's debate, when the candidates each had notched their points on trade, taxes, crime and more, the talk turned to Clinton's stamina, brought to the fore by her recent bout of pneumonia. Moderator Lester Holt of NBC asked Trump what he had meant by questioning whether Clinton had a "presidential look." [...]Show More Summary

Trump: My strongest asset ‘is my temperament’

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sparred over foreign policy during the debate, Trump was asked about his judgment when it came to the Iraq war — something he falsely said he never supported. Moderator Lester Holt wanted to know: how was his judgment about the war different from that of Clinton, who voted in […]

At the Debate, Lester Holt Asked Smart, Tough Questions—Just in Time

Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University, billed unironically and perhaps appropriately as the debate of the century, was also talked up as a chance for journalism to (belatedly) shine. After a year of endless criticism,...Show More Summary

Lester Holt gets social media sympathy, sarcasm as debate moderator - CNET

4 hours agoTechnology : CNET: News

Journalist Lester Holt let the presidential candidates have their say in Monday's debate, and social media had its say about Holt's moderation as well.

THE MODERATOR: Lester Holt, Given a Choice Assignment, Opted for Restraint

Mr. Holt often held back during the debate, allowing the two candidates to bicker, but he did reject Donald J. Trump’s claim that he opposed the Iraq war.

The reviews are in for Lester Holt's performance during the presidential debate, and they're mostly positive

After weeks of arguments about the proper role of a presidential debate moderator, Lester Holt's performance during the first presidential debate appeared to go over successfully. Many observers from various political stripes claimed...Show More Summary

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