Fox News Sunday anchor and moderator Chris Wallace will not be fact-checking presidential candidate Donald Trump and Joe Biden during tomorrow’s debates. That’s because it’s not up to the moderator to stop Trump from spewing a nonstop torrent of lies, mistruths, and “alternate facts.” It’s up to the other candidate to raise concern and fact check in real time.
“The moderator is the facilitator,” Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chair, The Commission on Presidential Debates, told CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter. “When we choose moderators we make very clear to them that there’s a vast difference between being a moderator in a debate and being a reporter who is interviewing someone. The minute the TV is off there will be plenty of fact checkers.”
Wallace said that he hopes to remain as “invisible as possible” during their face-off.
“I’m trying to get them to engage…to focus on the key issues…to give people at home a sense of why they want to vote for one versus the other,” he said. “If I’ve done my job right, at the end of the night, people will say, ‘That was a great debate, who was the moderator?’”
The topics for Tuesday’s debate include: Trump and Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, Covid-19, the economy, race and violence in our cities, and the integrity of the election.