Moderators Face the Glare of Spotlight

Moderator USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page takes her seat for the vice presidential debate between Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence at the University of Utah Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (Justin Sullivan/Pool via AP)

Moderator bias seems to be mentioned before and after every political debate these days. The single vice-presidential debate of the 2020 presidential election is now in the rearview mirror, with the second debate between presidential candidates a virtual certainty. One common thread between the debates is the moderators and their either alleged or real (depending on whom you talk to) connections to one party.

Wednesday’s VP debate moderator, Susan Page, is in the process of releasing a book that is expected to hit shelves sometime in early 2021. The title of the book is “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.” Yes, she is releasing a biography on Nancy Pelosi.

The New York Times best-selling author and USA Today Washington Bureau Chief has also written a book on Barbara Bush. Critics point out that Pelosi is currently in direct opposition to virtually every single thing Donald Trump and his administration does.

As for the upcoming presidential debate, which may or may not actually happen, C-SPAN host Steve Scully is on tap to moderate. He has a close tie to a current Democrat currently running for office, the man running against Trump, Joe Biden. According to a biography published by George Washington University, Scully interned for then-Delaware senator Joe Biden back in 1978. And the paranoia is equal on both sides of the aisle, as Chris Wallace moderated the first presidential debate, and he works for Fox News.

Conspiracy? Coincidence? If nothing else, it’s something to talk about that is sometimes more interesting than the actual debate.

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