As if the first presidential debate wasn’t biased enough with a debate moderator who heavily appeared to favor Joe Biden, the next debate looks to have an even more left-leaning bias as the moderator has been exposed for having very strong ties to the Democrat candidate.
The second presidential debate is scheduled to be moderated by Steve Scully on October 15. Scully is the political editor at C-SPAN and host of Washington Journal.
Reports have surfaced this week that while Scully was in college, he worked as an intern for then-Senator Joe Biden and later working as a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s communication office.
“While attending college, he served as an intern in the office of Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden, and later a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s media affairs office,” Utah Valley University noted in a biography written about Scully.
“I came to school in Washington, D.C., went to American University and had a couple of internships. I worked for Joe Biden, Senator from Delaware at the time, as an intern, so I had my first chance to really see politics up close in Washington, D.C.,” Scully said in 2011 confirming his tightknit affiliation with Biden in 2011.
On top of that rather concerning direct link between Scully and Biden, the soon-to-be moderator has expressed heavy amounts of bias on numerous occasions.
In an interview with Journalism Jobs in May 2011, when he was asked, “Has the quality of broadcast journalism decreased over the past five years?”, Scully took the opportunity to tear into Fox News.
“I think what has gone downhill is when cable networks get caught in all the titillating news of the day when they should be focusing more on the things that are important to people, like following the money and the state of the nation. Having said that, if you’re sick and tired of watching Laci Peterson on the Fox News Channel, then you can come on to C-SPAN and understand the process that we do in following it.”
During that same interview, Scully then praised a left-leaning host and outlet in NBC, saying, “I think Tim Russert — who is paid a lot of money to do what he does — earns his money because he works hard and he understands the process. He’s probably one of the best interviewers out there.”
He then turned back to Fox News and said, “We are seeing more opinionated journalism on Fox, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, the whole incident with Dan Rather.”
To make matters worse for President Trump, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is attempting to change rules for the second and third debates in a way that would benefit Joe Biden.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said the commission shouldn’t make any changes to the structure to assist Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee.
Trump questioned in a tweet why he should be on board with any changes that will help only Joe Biden. “Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?”
The leaders of President Donald Trump reelection campaign on Thursday blasted the CPD as being riddled with bias, calling the organization’s leadership “permanent swamp monsters” who are “any thing but” nonpartisan.
During a call with reporters on Thursday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien read through a list of the commission’s leadership and pointed to each official’s anti-Trump comments and the amounts each had donated to Democrats.
“Here’s what we know about the CPD,” Stepien said after reading out the CPD description of itself as a nonpartisan entity. “Those definitions, those characterizations could not be further from the truth.”
Stepien said that the commission’s co-chair, Frank Fahrenkopf, made a comment to Nantucket Magazine in August suggesting that Trump was not as smart as the other candidates in the 2016 election.
“What I learned in 2016, which was an odd year, was that the American people are not necessarily going to vote for who they think is the smartest person,” Fahrenkopf said.
The second of the three co-chairs, Dorothy Ridings, contributed $9,000 to Democrats over the years, Stepien said.
Kenneth Wollack, the third co-chair, “criticized the president saying that he ‘stated admiration for some of the world’s strongmen,’” Stepien said, adding that Wollack contributed over $5,000 to Democrats, including to the Obama campaign.
Stepien made similar remarks about CPD board of directors members Jane Harman, Antonia Hernandez, Newton Minow, Richard Parsons, and Olympia Snowe. All have made comments criticizing Trump.
“Rather than a cross-section of America, this group very much comes across as what you might see at the evening gala at the Metropolitan Club. For the most part these are permanent swamp monsters,” the Trump campaign senior adviser said. “They care more about helping themselves out.”