Were Women Overlooked in Selection of Presidential Debate Moderators? (In the News)

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare to go head to head in the coming presidential debates, another discussion has emerged about the selection of the debate moderators.

Ultraviolet, which describes itself as “a community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights,” is promoting an online petition that urges the Presidential Debate Commission to add more women to the list of moderators.

The commission chose Lester Holt of NBC News to moderate the first debate, which will be held Monday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Two moderators, Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News, will moderate the second debate, Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis. The third debate, on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

Ultraviolet said on its website:

The Presidential Debate Commission just announced that men will moderate all three debates between the first female major party candidate and the most sexist candidate in recent history. The one woman included was only trusted to co-host.

That’s right–in 2016, the commission somehow thinks that a woman cannot moderate a presidential debate on her own.

The website goes on to suggest that Gwen Ifill of PBS, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Christiane Amanpour of CNN and Tamron Hall of NBC News and MSNBC would be good candidates for moderators.
The vice presidential debate, on Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., will be moderated by a woman — Elaine Quijano of CBS News and CBSN.

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