The National Legal and Policy Center has requested that NBC remove Kristen Welker as the debate moderator for tonight’s debate for extreme bias including Welker’s family being major Democrat financial supporters.
The group released the following press release:
ETHICS GROUP CALLS ON DEBATE COMMISSION TO PULL NBC’S KRISTEN WELKER FROM MODERATING TRUMP-BIDEN DEBATE
CITES WELKER’S BIAS AND FABRICATING QUOTES FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP
[WASHINGTON, D.C.][ OCT. 20, 2020]The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, called upon the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to withdraw Kristen Welker, NBC’s White House Correspondent, from moderating Thursday’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a letter to the CPD, NLPC blasted the CPD for choosing Welker despite her pro-Democrat bias and for fabricating a quote from President Trump.
NLPC cited news reports showing that Welker’s family have been strong Democrat financial supporters and photos of her with her father posing with the Obamas at a 2012 White House Christmas party.
NLPC’s also cited its August 11 letter to NBC brass calling for the suspension of Welker as a White House correspondent for making up a quote from President Trump in reacting to the shooting on the White House grounds in early August.When asked by Welker if he was “rattled at all” by the incident, Trump calmly responded, ‘I don’t know, do I seem rattled?” Shortly thereafter, Welker reported on NBC that in response to her question, “he said, ‘Of course.’”
“The American voter doesn’t need a biased moderator who acts as additional adversary to one of the candidates,” said Peter Flaherty, Chair of NLPC.“Sadly, none of the Commission’s criteria for selecting a moderator requires even a semblance of neutrality,” added Paul Kamenar, Counsel for NLPC who drafted the complaint.
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Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education and legal action. www.nlpc.org.
The group’s counsel also gave an interview to Newsmax explaining the group’s request.
Read the NPLC Complaint below:NLPCComplaintKristenWelker