Many assumed that NBC’s Matt Lauer would go completely soft on Hillary Clinton at NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief” presidential forum on Wednesday night.
Not so much.
Leftist media — if you can believe it — were thoroughly butthurt over what they viewed was harsh treatment of Hillary Clinton, pressing her ruthlessly over her EmailGate scandal, while — at least in their minds — being soft on Donald Trump.
NBC executives reportedly labeled The Today Show host’s performance a “disaster,” while the New York Times gave credence to the ridiculous narrative that Lauer was somehow “sexist” towards Clinton for asking tough follow-up questions. The leftist Los Angeles Times assessed Lauer’s grade as “horrendous.”
Which all means, of course, that Matt Lauer probably did a damn fine job. And it’s Hillary’s own fault, she stepped in it big time when he asked her about the top qualifications for president and she gave “temperament and judgment” as the answer, areas where she’s highly lacking as Lauer beautifully pointed out.
MATT LAUER: So judgment is a key.
HILLARY CLINTON: Temperament and judgment, yes.
LAUER: The word “judgment” has been used a lot around you, Secretary Clinton, over the last year-and-a-half, and in particular concerning your use of your personal e-mail and server to communicate while you were secretary of state. You’ve said it’s a mistake.
LAUER: You said you made not the best choice. You were communicating on highly sensitive topics. Why wasn’t it more than a mistake? Why wasn’t it disqualifying, if you want to be commander-in- chief?
CLINTON: Well, Matt, first of all, as I have said repeatedly, it was a mistake to have a personal account. I would certainly not do it again. I make no excuses for it. It was something that should not have been done.
But the real question is the handling of classified material, which is I think what the implication of your question was. And for all the viewers watching you tonight, I have a lot of experience dealing with classified material, starting when I was on the Senate Armed Services Committee going into the four years as secretary of state. Classified material has a header which says “top secret,” “secret,” “confidential.” Nothing — and I will repeat this, and this is verified in the report by the Department of Justice — none of the e-mails sent or received by me had such a header.
LAUER: Were some of the e-mails sent or received by you referring to our drone program, our covert drone program?
CLINTON: Yes, because — of course, there were no discussions of any of the covert actions in process being determined about whether or not to go forward. But every part of our government had to deal with questions, and the secretary of state’s office was first and foremost. So there are ways of talking about the drone program…
LAUER: And you said you thought your communications on that were fairly routine?
CLINTON: Well, let me say, the FBI just released their report about their investigation, they discussed drone matters in the unclassified section of their report.
LAUER: But Director Comey also said this after reviewing all the information. He said there is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.
CLINTON: Well, Matt, I just respectfully point to the hundreds of experienced foreign policy experts, diplomats, defense officials who were communicating information on the unclassified system because it was necessary to answer questions and to be able publicly to go as far as we could, which was not acknowledging the program.
But I would be in Pakistan, as I was on several occasions. There might very well have been a strike. I would be asked in a public setting, in an interview, about it. It was known to have happened. We had to have an answer that did not move into classified area. And I think we handled that appropriately.
LAUER: You mentioned you’re in Pakistan. Some of the e-mails you sent and received happened while you were overseas. And Director Comey also said that while they have no proof, we assessed that it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail accounts.
CLINTON: Matt, there is no evidence. Of course, anything is possible. But what is factual is the State Department system was hacked. Most of the government systems are way behind the curve. We’ve had hacking repeatedly, even in the White House. There is no evidence my system was hacked.
Leftist media were probably expecting Matt Lauer to lob softballs at Clinton all night, as many in conservative media thought he would. His questioning of Hillary Clinton was an excellent job by someone you wouldn’t necessarily consider objective considering his leftward bias.
Leftist media is desperately trying to make Matt Lauer the media narrative to deflect attention away from Hillary’s horrible performance in which she did nothing to help her low trustworthy numbers. She came across as, well, Hillary Clinton, and that’s never a good thing.
Watch how Matt Lauer makes the cold, calculating Clinton squirm: