Left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow may well be biased for The New York Times, but she's front and center during NBC's technical-issue-plagued debate between 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls – and critics say it made a softball
With Maddow and Chuck Todd, the NBC News starred as Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who asked for the most questions, none of the ten candidates were tested rigorously. Debate moderators are historically straight-news journalists, as opposed to partisan pundits but NBC News decided Maddow, on whose show the New York Times reporters are banned to appear, which fits in to the presidential hopefuls in an event further tarnished by embarrassing audio glitches. [1
"One would think that NBC News, which would make it very clear "TheBlaze White House correspondent Jon Miller told Fox News."
"Instead, Maddow served up questions about her favorite conspiracy Theories including that Miami wants to underwater because of global warming and that the Mueller report actually contains secret that that could still lead to Trump's prosecution, " Miller said.
Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Jose Diaz-Balart, with the often-criticized Chuck Todd being the only moderator to get more words in, according to ABC News. In fact, Maddow spoke more than candidates John Delaney, Bill de Blasio and Jay Inslee.
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Accuracy in Media national editor Carrie Sheffield told Fox News that the first half, featuring Holt, Diaz-Balart and Guthrie, was "generally more balanced and sharper than the Todd and Maddow serving."
including vague, slanted innuendo about the Mueller report – what presaged by the sloppy mic failure. President Trump to victory, "Sheffield said.
Sheffield noticed that, "even as a progressive, Maddow painted any stand-out moments where she was essentially challenged." had turned.
"So you fire, charisma, the je ne sais qoui that makes for exceptional TV. In 2020, sheffield said.
Criticism from media watchdogs to the president himself took to Twitter with thoughts on Maddow's performance.
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News that Maddow was mostly "taking on the role of hall monitor, mentioning or calling on candidates in about a dozen instances."
Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A Jacobson was surprised that "The Rachel Maddow Show" namesake something "relatively restrained" during the debate, as she typically dedicates her time to far-left speculation.
"None of her usual tinfoil has Russia-collusion conspiracy mongering," Jacobson told Fox News.
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MSNBC did not immediately respond when asked if any Reporter Amber Athey told Fox News that  even trumpeted NBC's technical issues which came back once Holt, Guthrie and Diaz-Balart passed the telecast over Todd and Maddow.
Asylum issues continued, many of the students smiled awkwardly while others like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, started laughing.
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Maddow's presence and audio gaffes were not the only things criticized during NBC's debate. The Hollywood Reporter media reporter Jeremy Barr noted issues with both the Peacock Network's streaming app and MSNBC's live stream and others mocked by NBC for Warren.
"The future of TV sucks," Barr wrote .
Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.