Matt Lauer, the anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, moderated the NBC News presidential nominee forum on Wednesday and later faced criticism for his performance.
The first joint appearance of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum” drew strong ratings, averaging 14.7 million viewers on Wednesday.
But the reviews for the performance by moderator Matt Lauer, co-anchor of “Today,” during and after the event held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, have been less than stellar.
Lauer received harsh feedback — most of it from media critics and supporters of Clinton, the Democratic nominee — after he failed to press Trump on his insistence that he was opposed to the Iraq war. Clinton had earlier mentioned a 2002 radio interview with Howard Stern in which Trump said he favored the U.S. invasion. But the Republican nominee maintained Wednesday night that he was opposed to it, with no follow-up from Lauer.