Matt Lauer Slammed By Mainstream Press After Vet Tells Hillary "I Would Have Been Imprisoned" If I Did What You Did

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During last night's "Commander in Chief" forum in which both presidential candidates laid out their views about the future of the US military, as well as the country's defense and security, with both committing numerous gaffes, none appears to have gotten as much criticism as event moderator Matt Lauer. As the NYT reports this morning, "charged with overseeing a live prime-time forum with Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton, as a dry run of sorts for the coming presidential debates, Lauer found himself besieged on Wednesday evening by critics of all political stripes, who accused the anchor of unfairness, sloppiness and even sexism in his handling of the event."

The reason for the anger, originating mostly on the left, is that having been granted 30 minutes with each candidate, Lauer devoted about a third of his time with Mrs. Clinton to questions about her use of a private email server, then seemed to rush through subsequent queries about weighty topics like domestic terror attacks.

The highlight of the event, and what set the stage from the beginning, was a question from Navy veteran Lt. John Lester who set the adversarial mood with a question about Hilllary reckless handling of classified material.

As a Naval flight officer I held the top secret sensitive compartmentalized information clearance. And that provided me access with materials and information highly sensitive to our war fighting capabilities. Had I communicated this information not following the prescribed protocols I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who are and were trusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security.

Hillary used her fallback excuse that the documents were not marked as classified, one which she had reverted to previously when she explained she didn't know what the "c" designation means. As reported yesterday, Julian Assange announced that Wikileaks has thousands of cables Hillary Clinton signed with a “c” that designated it as classified confidential, and suggested he would disclose proof that Hillary has lied.

Lauer was also lambasted when an Army veteran in the audience asked Mrs. Clinton to describe her plan to defeat the Islamic State, Mr. Lauer interjected before the candidate could begin her reply. “As briefly as you can,” he said, one of several moments where the anchor spoke over Mrs. Clinton to remind her that their time was running short.

The NBC host was then slammed for for not asking follow-up questions and letting Trump flip from previous statements he's made. Reporters especially took issue with Lauer not pushing back on Trump's claim that he has opposed the Iraq War from the start.

As the NYT adds, journalists and longtime political observers pounced. “How in the hell does Lauer not factcheck Trump lying about Iraq? This is embarrassingly bad,” wrote Tommy Vietor, a former aide to President Obama. Glenn Kessler, the chief fact checker at The Washington Post, posted a link to NBC’s check of Mr. Trump’s claim and wrote: “@MLauer should have been prepared to do this.”

“Lauer interrupted Clinton’s answers repeatedly to move on. Not once for Trump,” Norman Ornstein, the political commentator, wrote in a Twitter message, adding: “Tough to be a woman running for president.”

Trump has maintained throughout his campaign that he never supported the Iraq War, although early interviews prove otherwise. Clinton, who went first during the NBC News event, charged that she and Trump both made a mistake in supporting the war in its beginnings. On social media, surrogates for Mrs. Clinton began mounting a sustained attack on the anchor. “Imagine if @NBCNews had done its job,” wrote Nick Merrill, her press secretary, on Twitter. Neera Tanden, a close Clinton ally, was even harsher: “I guess the good news is that Matt Lauer isn’t moderating an actual debate,” she wrote.


The criticism captured what has become a common complaint about media coverage during this election: that news organizations and interviewers treat Mrs. Clinton as a serious candidate worthy of tough questions, while Mr. Trump is sometimes handled more benignly.


Mr. Lauer did manage to extract several head-turning statements from Mr. Trump. He confronted Mr. Trump with a crass Twitter message from 2013 in which the future candidate suggested that sexual assaults in the military were a logical result of men and women serving together. “It is a correct tweet,” Mr. Trump said.


When Mr. Lauer asked if Mr. Trump actually believed he knew more about the Islamic State than American generals, the candidate replied: “The generals have been reduced to rubble.” When Mr. Lauer brought up Mr. Trump’s admiration for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, noting that Mr. Putin had invaded Ukraine and was suspected of hacking Democratic emails, Mr. Trump refused to say a negative word about him. “Do you want me to start naming some of the things that President Obama does?” Mr. Trump asked.

With the formal debates set to begin on Sept. 26, Lauer’s performance seemed to preview the troubles that television moderators could face in balancing fairness with accountability. Trump, with his Houdini-like ability to squirm out of direct answers, is a particularly tough subject for interviewers, who will be forced to determine on the fly when to interrupt with a prime-time fact-check. Chris Wallace, the Fox News anchor who will handle the third presidential debate, drew criticism this week when he said, “I don’t view my role as truth-squading.” Questions for Hillary, meanwhile, will be seen as politically charged if they touch on topics many outside the mainstream find as important, such as her health or her conduct relating to the FBI probe and/or her receipt of numerous funds from foreign sources such as Saudi Arabia.

However, the biggest reason why Lauer's conduct was furiously slammed by the mainstream may be the outcome of the first quasi-debate, best captured by NBC itself.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Off to the dungeon with you. These questions will not be tolerated, nor will they be aired on MSM. I will not thave my dirty laundry exposed to the people. - Queen Hillary Clinton

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Vet Tells Hillary: "I Would Have Been Imprisoned" If I Did What You Did too!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Everyone is equal in America the beautiful. Though some may be (a lot) more equal than others.

erkme73's picture

I watched Lauer repeat the oft-told MSM lie that a Russia invaded the Ukraine. No challenge on that from trump. Repeated as fact, accepted by the masses. Putin made to be the evil US nemesis. 

TrajanOptimus's picture

Why was Clinton wearing an ear piece? Was someone telling her what to say?

WordSmith2013's picture

Here's a great comment by Trump!


And it's quite doubtful that Clinton can outdo it.


Trump says Putin ‘a leader far more than our president’


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Yet another lie! FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, have both cleared Hillary of all charges! You people need to follow the news and do your homework. You don't know what you're talking about and from an educated liberal perspective, you seem really ignorant.



Manthong's picture

Well F me……..

I had a TS SI too, access to nukes…

And hell, as a lowly non-com I knew the F better.

I hate that lying bitch.

NoDebt's picture

This coronation is going badly off the rails.  Why won't you people just let her be president, as she was promised and is obviously her divine right?  This poor, dying woman and you won't even let her have her final wish of taking the wheel of the bus as it careens off the cliff.  What is wrong with you people?



Manthong's picture

Um… like she is a place-holder for the next Soros drone…

It’s the best they can do to hold on to the famous name oriented sheep out there.

This cuntry is so F’d.

jcaz's picture

...The next time they debate,  Trump should begin by demanding that Hillary lose the fucking earpiece-  do it right there in front of the world to see,  unmask this bitch.

beemasters's picture

Watch this:

Still Report #1147 – Spy Earpiece Gets Even Smaller

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) beemasters Sep 8, 2016 2:47 PM

I guess all there is left to do is laugh at this comedy cavalcade of cheesepope infighting...


Lauer was born in New York City, the son of Marilyn Kolmer (née Gentry), a boutique owner, and Jay Robert Lauer, a bicycle-company executive.[3] His parents divorced during his youth, and his father died in 1997. Lauer had become co-host of The Today Show, replacing longtime host Bryant Gumbel in early 1997, not long before his father's death.[4]

Lauer's father was of Romanian Jewish heritage, as seen on the Today Show's Finding Our Roots


I dunno... I suppose after a rabbi bites your dick off, you're then supposedly prepared to take on the world. Or, somebody else explain it to me... Here on ZH, somebody tried the 'homeschooling' thing, but that one never really gained any traction...

jeff montanye's picture

and the likud/mossad zionists are foursquare behind hillary clinton, as they should be.  i don't know lauer's personal beliefs but he did the jews a solid in my opinion by not slanting this event to the zionist clinton.  he never did much for me (more a katie couric fan) but he's risen in my estimation by this somewhat ballsy move.

trump may not have been totally against the iraq war from the very start (remember we were extensively lied to, thanks nyt, etc. etc.) but he was a lot more against it and the others than hillius claesar who fucking started three with her sidekick toria nuland and their key to the kingdom b.o. bomba.

and putin didn't invade ukraine (crimea); those troops had been there legally for years with the near total support of the crimea's populace (voted 90%+ to rejoin russia). much of ukraine had been part of russia for hundreds of years when it got a somewhat fictitious "independence" within the u.s.s.r. in '54 by krushchev who probably never envisioned the breakup of the soviet empire.

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) jeff montanye Sep 8, 2016 4:46 PM

Lauer did a great job of trying to COVER.HIS.OWN.ASS.


Her probably sees the writing on the wall but still doesn't want to give up his phat paycheck...


I 'GUESS' I understand (but, TELL IT TO THE JUDGE ~ & the JUDGE ain't me)...

bleu's picture
bleu (not verified) Here2Go Sep 8, 2016 9:15 PM

It's not just Hillary that gets AWAY with murder.

Cornfedbloodstool's picture

Katie Couric fan, LMAO you dumb pleeb.

JLee2027's picture

Matt Drudge on Twitter (He has all of 5 tweets, but real)

Top NBCNEWS exec emails: Hillary 'earpiece' is just unfortunate light effect, reflection.

Krungle's picture

Human flesh is known for being reflective....these people are painfully desperate.

k9-style's picture

Next time would love to see someone jam the frequency she is using. Better yet interfere with so much feedback she goes into full seizure mode right there on stage and soaks her diaper.

jcaz's picture

THAT would be awesome.....

effendi's picture

Better yet just hack with the feed she is getting. Remember the movie Speechless with Geena Davis and Michael Keaton where they are speechwriters for opposing candidates and Keaton hacks the auto-cue for Geenas candidate? Cankles would probably emulate Ron Burgundy and tell America to go fuck itself.

RiverRoad's picture

Biggest mistake the dems ever made...putting up a joke of a candidate like HC.  She makes Palin look like Margaret Thatcher.  Come November the democrats will suicide themselves.

Mr. Universe's picture

This is really a test of how much Bullshit the American public is willing to take for a few dollars in benefits. The answer appears to be way more than than I had hoped. Those that defend every cough as nothing will probably say it's an "allergic reaction" when she hacks up a lung during her next speech. They deny,deny,deny, the Clinton hallmark. Add in a lie or two fro the cherry on top and you have an Armageddon Sundae all ready to go.

jeff montanye's picture

first the american public is not getting any net benefits from obama/clinton.  the wars, obamacare and the bailouts are so expensive and so unproductive we are clearly worse off than at the end of g.w. bush's fiasco, not to mention superpredator slick willie clinton.

trump seems likely to introduce single payer (making the u.s. the last advanced country to adopt this obviously cheaper and more efficient healthcare delivery system, if you're in the lower 95% moneywise) which actually will offer more than a few dollars in benefits.  he sure as hell isn't turning off the foodstamps.  so we could get more benefits and less bullshit (might not, he could be a fraud but the probablility seems to be decreasing).

also i doubt she's going to hack up a lung.  it seems likely that she has parkinson's disease and the coughing is a result of taking l-dopa for it.  the l-dopa causes saliva to gather on her vocal cords.'s&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

adanata's picture


RR... "Dems" didn't "put up" Hildebeast; the Barons did and apparently with the expectation Jeb would be more palatable to the public and "win". Without Jeb they went down the line to the next guy and suddenly... who should appear but The Donald. Horrors. Now they seem to be in the untenable position of somehow forcing HRC down American's throats so Kaine can replace her. That's my best guess. Interesting times. Wouldn't put anything past 'em. The bastards.

Manthong's picture


"She makes Palin look like Margaret Thatcher."

Let me try…

She makes Eleanor Roosevelt look like Eva Braun…

or… she makes Edith Bolling Galt Wilson look like the Bismarck…

or… she makes Jane Fonda look like Martha Stewart…

or…she makes Angela Merkel look like Jackie Kennedy…

or..  she makes Margaret Sanger look like Mother Theresa

… I could go on…………….


RiverRoad's picture

Please do.......hilarious!

guitarzaan's picture

"...she is a place-holder for the next Soros drone…"

Tim Kaine?

RaceToTheBottom's picture

We definitely need another dynasty...


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Manthong Sep 8, 2016 9:40 AM

I remember when Hillary cried after losing Iowa and then she won New Hampshire.

I'm not sure she is even sick anymore. I started to wonder when on this forum people

began to say "I am starting to feel sorry for her" like the crying. While we spent a weekend

talking about sick nobody was talking about treason which is punishable by execution.

And the Clinton Foundation and Sidney NSA passing Top Secret is.

What would you do to avoid prosecution for treason?

Valis-Watson's picture

Actually, that is not as far fetched as it might sound. There is definite conscious/semi-conscious strategy employed by a certain percentage of people, who do not wish to deal with unpleasant realities, that uses "illness" to deflect away from more important and pressing issues. I mean, how convenient is it to start coughing and choking (while some guy runs at you with an EpiPen and drags you away) before you have to address a question that you don't want to deal with? Could just be another part of the "play out the clock" strategy.

jcaz's picture

She definitely has a "flee" mechanism operating, it seems to be how she's winding up her press conferences lately.....

Jim in MN's picture

I AM NOT A (croak)


--Croaking Hillary

glenlloyd's picture

This whole election is nothing but a big stinking cesspool.

I've got an agreement for the left. They won't like it but WTF. They can have all the social programs and what not but none of it can be financed by the public purse. You want welfare for your population of newly arrived people and for the old stalwarts been sittin round cashing govt checks for years? Take it out of the Clinton foundation billions.

This has always been about the money.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) glenlloyd Sep 8, 2016 11:08 AM

They could be funded by chairty.

The Clinton Foundation perhaps...;)

Dugald's picture



What? She's a Frog..!!

Seems fitting if changing leaders, from Wog to sings!

Spigot's picture

hahahahahahahahaha ....

a big fat middle finger salute to you, wannabe POTUS cunt

This is as LIVE as it gets, my friends (grins)

f*cking CAPITAL A, dude, you are my hero!

Omerta's picture

Uber lefties eating their own...yummy!

Spigot's picture

A house divided, eh? Mr T doesn't even belong in the tent. He forced them all into the tent and then tossed a match on it. hahahahahaha! Looks like the show down at the "debate" will be a very public Clinton-Pig slaughtering exercise. She has lost her backing and her wain supporters are falling away like ice sheets off of a glacier.

Mr T will prevail. Cliton will fail.

Doom Porn Star's picture

Chelsea is being groomed to ascend after Hilllary and inherit the whole Clinton machine.

She is already in the closed loop of classified information dealing and will inherit the reins of the Clinton Global Slush Fund.

It may be more important to destroy the fake Clinton parody charity and strip Chelsea of any right to hold any office in the US than anything else IMHO.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Doom Porn Star Sep 8, 2016 3:55 PM

Trump knows much more than he is saying. He said "Chelsea may also go to jail"

a few months ago.


Chelsea's husband Marc Mezvinsky's father was a congressman who did African scams and went to prison.

His father:

Beginning in the early 1990s, Mezvinsky used a wide variety of 419 scams. According to a federal prosecutor, Mezvinsky conned using "just about every different kind of African-based scam we’ve ever seen."[11] The scams promise that the victim will receive large profits, but first a small down payment is required. To raise the funds needed to front the money for the fraudulent investment schemes he was being offered, Mezvinsky tapped his network of former political contacts, dropping the name of the Clinton family to convince unwitting marks to give him money.[12]

In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.[13] Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes. Shortly after his indictment, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but the judge at his trial disallowed a mental illness defense.[5] He entered prison in February 2003, and served his time at Federal Prison Camp, Eglin.[14] Mezvinsky, Federal Bureau of Prisons # 55040-066, was released in April 2008, after 5 years.[15] He remained on federal probation until 2011, and as of 2010 still owed $9.4 million in restitution to his victims.[16]

The Clintons are white niggers.

Bush Baby's picture

The Make-a-Wish foundation promised she'd be president

Vatican_cameo's picture


"You know and I know that I'm full of shit".

-Hillary Clinton-

SafelyGraze's picture

plus, libertarian-leaning gary johnson showed his ignorance re: syriana, which now means the libertarian electorate will be voting for HC who knows alot about assyria.


Moe Howard's picture

I was an 11B nco with barely a secret clearance and I knew better.