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Politics Kristen Welker praised for ‘masterclass’ debate moderation, Chris Wallace is ‘jealous’

09:05  23 october  2020
09:05  23 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Topics for the final presidential debate are revealed

  Topics for the final presidential debate are revealed The debate, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee next Thursday night, will mark the final time the two candidates come face-to-face before the election on November 3. Moderator Kristen Welker has settled on six separate subjects for the 90 minute event, with the Commission for Presidential Debates officially revealing the topics in a statement on Saturday. The debate will kick off with a 15-minute segment on 'Fighting COVID-19', before the candidates move to discuss 'American Families'. 'Race in America' and 'Climate Change' will also be on the agenda, as will 'National Security' and 'Leadership'.

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker won praise from both the political left and right – including kudos from Donald Trump himself – for finally giving Americans a presidential debate without Chris Wallace is shamelessly biased. It’s a beautiful demonstration of fake news in action.

Debate Moderators Announced: Chris Wallace , Steve Scully And Kristen Welker Tapped For Donald Trump-Joe Biden Matchups. Wallace , anchor of Fox News Sunday, will moderate the first presidential debate on Sept. 29 from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.

All eyes were on moderator NBC News' Kristen Welker during the final presidential debate.

After Fox News' Chris Wallace failed to maintain order during the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, Welker was applauded for Thursday's controlled exchange.

Even Wallace admitted he was "jealous." During Fox News' post-debate coverage, Wallace said: "I would have liked to have been able to moderate that debate and to get a real exchange of views instead of hundreds of interruptions.”

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Fox News' Chris Wallace , NBC News' Kirsten Welker , and C-SPAN's Steve Scully will each moderate one of three Presidential Debates . None of the moderators selected this year were included on a list submitted in August by Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, who requested

The presidential debates will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News, Steve Scully of C-SPAN Networks and Kristen Welker of NBC News, and The first debate between Biden and Trump will be moderated by Wallace and is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 29, at Case Western

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Veteran news anchor Dan Rather gave a "tip of the Stetson to Kristen Welker." He called her "a consummate pro on a big and difficult stage."

USA TODAY's Susan Page, who moderated the vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence earlier this month, applauded Welker on Twitter: "Kudos to @kwelkernbc for a job well done tonight, and a service to our nation."

Kristen Welker standing in front of a piano: Moderator Kristen Welker arrives for the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. © BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, AFP via Getty Images Moderator Kristen Welker arrives for the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020.

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  Inside the Right-Wing Media Echo Chamber’s Smear of NBC’s Kristen Welker 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.

Welker will moderate the third presidential debate between Trump and BidenCredit: AFP - Getty. Following the announcement, Trump campaign manager Bill The debate will see the pair battle it out on topics such as Covid, American families, national security, leadership, climate change and race.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace , NBC News’ Kirsten Welker , and C-SPAN’s Steve Scully will each moderate one of three Presidential Debates leading up NBC News’ Lester Holt, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Wallace moderated the 2016 presidential debates , while

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NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell called her colleague a "total pro. She is thoughtful, tough and in charge. A master class where voters were clearly well served."⁩ 

New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti said Welker was "flawless," adding that "this should be the tape future debate moderators study and seek to emulate."

Steve Schmidt, former adviser to Sen. John McCain, said Welker "put on a debate moderation clinic."

The Washington Post's Marissa J. Lang applauded Welker's trailblazing diversity. Welker is the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate in nearly 30 years. 

"I have been waiting for months to watch a woman of color moderate one of these presidential debates and, boy, @kwelkernbc did not disappoint," Lang tweeted. "Unflappable, smart and in control every step of the way. Expertly done."

Kristen Welker: 5 things to know about the moderator of Thursday's presidential debate

  Kristen Welker: 5 things to know about the moderator of Thursday's presidential debate Kristen Welker has been criticized by President Trump as "terrible & unfair." Get to know the White House correspondent ahead of the last debate.The NBC News White House correspondent and "Weekend Today" co-anchor will moderate the debate at Belmont University in Nashville (9 EDT/6 PDT). The second presidential debate was axed after Trump declined to participate virtually, following his COVID-19 diagnosis. Instead, he and Biden held dueling town halls , and the former vice president beat Trump in the Nielsen ratings.

Donald Trump slams NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker for deleting her Twitter account before the second debate .

Mark Ruffalo praised Joe Biden for his performance in the debate where he 'spoke the Truth with grace and poise and stood his ground against every one of Trump's lies. Kirstie Alley was one of the celebrities to praise Trump's performance saying: 'GREAT DEBATE !! Good moderator ..

The mute button was a hot topic

Many media pundits attributed the effectiveness of the debate to the implementation of muting: Each candidate's microphone was cut for two minutes as their rival answered initial questions.

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, said "not interrupting makes a big difference." He added, "This debate is so much better than the first one."

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, who hosted Biden's town hall last week, agreed: "The mute did appear to work—at least for a time. But there were harsh clashes."

But some didn't think the candidates were muted enough. 

"The mute button," joked comedian Amber Ruffin, showing a woman in spider webs.

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Trump's calmer demeanor was a topic of conversation following his frequent interruptions during the first presidential debate. 

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Presidential debate moderator Kristen Welker is unaffiliated with any political partyCredit: Getty Images - Getty. He also accused the commission of adding a broader selection of "pro-Biden antics" with the debate topic choice. Is Kristen Welker a republican or a democrat?

President Donald Trump steamrolled Chris Wallace with constant interruptions in the first one, a Next up: Kristen Welker . The NBC News White House correspondent is scheduled to moderate While Welker was one of four questioners at a Democratic presidential debate last fall, this is by far

"Trump a lot more controlled, subdued tonight. More disciplined," tweeted Megyn Kelly, who served as a moderator for the Republican Party presidential debate on Aug. 6, 2015. In another tweet, she added: "Trump’s control here shows his interruptions/aggression in first debate was a strategy. He can control himself just fine." She thought "Trump won this debate, handily." 

Katie Couric agreed that Trump was "less hyped up tonight."

But others questioned Trump's factuality. "Trump is leaving a lot of lies on the table tonight. The post-debate fact checks might be longer than the debate," MSNBC's Joy Reid said.

Mary L. Trump – the president's niece that who penned the tell-all book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" – tweeted, "The egregiousness of Donald's lies--and his being allowed to tell them unhindered--is breathtaking."

Biden took criticism, too

Bill O'Reilly said Biden said the "same old, same old" during the debate. He tweeted, "Biden is not saying anything new either. He did blame Donald Trump for all of the Covid deaths."

For Kelly, "Biden wasn’t a force at all." Fox News contributor Guy Benson added that Biden's "energy comments late were significant."

5 key takeaways from the final presidential debate

  5 key takeaways from the final presidential debate President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off for the final time Thursday. For 90 relatively-civil minutes, the pair sparred over a range of topics including the pandemic, health care, election security, immigration, their personal financial entanglements and climate change, among other things, guided by moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News.

On the other side of the spectrum, NBC News contributor Dave Wasserman said, "This is a sharper, crisper Biden than in the first debate - and muted mics are probably a big reason."

During post-debate coverage, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl said "Joe Biden had, I believe, the best debate that he has had in 2020."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kristen Welker praised for ‘masterclass’ debate moderation, Chris Wallace is ‘jealous’

Debate transcript: Trump, Biden final presidential debate moderated by Kristen Welker .
Here is the full transcript of the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by Kristen Welker in Nashville on Oct. 22, 2020. Headers have been added for ease of reading. © Mario Tama, Getty Images People are pictured watching the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California. [0:00] Welker: A very good evening to both of you. This debate will cover six major topics.

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