Despite widespread criticism of Matt Lauer and his over-emphasis on Hillary Clinton’s emails during NBC’s Commander-in-Chief forum last night, it wasn’t enough email talk for Fox News.
The New York Times noted Lauer’s fixation on Clinton’s emails:
Mr. Lauer interviewed the candidates in turn for a half-hour each. He began by asking Mrs. Clinton to defend her use of a private email server as Secretary of State. And asking again. And again.
That emphasis left relatively little time for the forum’s foreign-policy and military subjects. Mr. Lauer and the audience asked about complex topics — the Middle East, terrorism, veterans’ affairs — and Mr. Lauer pressed for simple answers. “As briefly as you can,” he injected when an audience member asked how Mrs. Clinton would decide whether to deploy troops against the Islamic State.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump made some news: He lied about being against the Iraq war. He also said our generals have been “reduced to rubble” and that Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Barack Obama.
But the only thing Fox’s Your World seemed to care about in the forum was whether veteran John Lester, who had asked Clinton a question about her emails, was “satisfied” with her answer.
And guess what? He wasn’t.
Host Neil Cavuto also had the chance to ask, “Is this the type of thing that should disqualify [Clinton] for the highest office?”
Lester didn’t come right out and say so. He called Clinton’s behavior “pretty indicting.” He also said, “It’s the cover up that always gets you in trouble.” Even though no cover up has been found, Cavuto did not challenge the claim.
Instead, Cavuto asked again if Clinton should be disqualified from serving as president.
This time, Lester said, “I guess you have to ask yourself the question of judgment.”
Watch it below, from the September 8 Your World.
(And despite our criticism, we’re glad to see Neil back again and looking well.)