Video: Should a debate moderator hug the candidates after the debate?

posted at 7:21 pm on February 5, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via the Free Beacon, a leftover from last night’s Democratic forum on MSNBC, which ended with Rachel Maddow hugging it out with Bernie and Hillary. The obvious critique:

Steve Doocy makes a similar point in the second video below by wondering how the media would react if Megyn Kelly gave one of the candidates a hug after a Republican debate. Right, but Kelly and Chris Wallace are on the reporter side of Fox, just as Chuck Todd (who opted for a handshake) is at NBC. Maddow is a commentator and her politics aren’t secret. The better analogy at Fox is to Hannity. Would the media give Hannity a pass if he co-moderated a Republican debate and then bro-hugged Trump afterward? I’m thinking … yeah, probably, since Hannity makes no pretense of evenhandedness in his politics either. There’s nothing wrong, I think, with sticking people who are overtly ideological on a panel during a primary, when most of the audience leans strongly that way on ideology too. Mary Katharine will be on ABC’s panel tomorrow night precisely because she’s a conservative, on the theory that a conservative will understand better what a conservative-leaning audience wants the candidates to address. Maddow filled a similar role for MSNBC and no one was under any illusions about it. What’s the harm?

Geraldo Rivera makes a decent point in the second clip, though, when he says that the hug essentially signals to viewers that the questions Maddow asked that were critical of the candidates shouldn’t be taken too seriously. That’s sort of true, although I’d phrase it differently. I think the message of the hug is that Clinton and Sanders are both worthy nominees; presumably, if one of them had said something disqualifying to Maddow, a hug wouldn’t have been forthcoming. That helps Hillary more than it does Bernie since, presumably, some parts of MSNBC’s left-wing audience view Hillary as insufficiently progressive. Now here’s Rachel Maddow, progressive warrior, giving her a friendly embrace. Not a huge deal, but something that should irritate a liberal more than it does a conservative, I think.



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One big happy family…

Seven Percent Solution on February 5, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Who cares?

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:23 PM

I don’t give a flying fuk.

bgibbs1000 on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Bobby Jindal just endorsed Rubio. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

No

Kelly should not adopt Rubio either, even to Stephanopoulus.

Heh, on Jindal, what a fool.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Bobby Jindal just endorsed Rubio. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

The RINOs are circling the watering hole.

bgibbs1000 on February 5, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Bobby Jindal just endorsed Rubio. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

I eagerly await the glorious day when Rubio is desperately challenging Trump to a one-on-one debate….

Buckshot Bill on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Steve Doocy makes a similar point in the second video below by wondering how the media would react if Megyn Kelly gave one of the candidates a hug after a Republican debate. Right, but Kelly and Chris Wallace are on the reporter side of Fox, just as Chuck Todd (who opted for a handshake) is at NBC.

Er, Kelly is on the pundit side of Fox News.

Steve Eggleston on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Imagine Kelly hugging Rubio :)

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

No. The transfeminization of Americaland society is nauseating.

Jedditelol on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Christie to announce he’s ending his campaign to become a moderator of future Dem debates in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Cruz or Trump anybody else can fuk off.

bgibbs1000 on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Bobby Jindal just endorsed Rubio. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Catholics tend to stick together.

Steve Eggleston on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Christie to announce he’s ending his campaign to become a moderator of future Dem debates in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Comment of the Day™

Steve Eggleston on February 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Creepy and weird.

22044 on February 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Bobby Jindal just endorsed Rubio. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Catholics tend to stick together.

Steve Eggleston on February 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Wait, isn’t Rubio Mormon? Jeb’s the Catholic candidate.

Buckshot Bill on February 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Maddow is not to blame here. Bernie is. He opened his arms first. Once somebody does that to you, you are screwed. You have to give them a hug or look like an ogre. Then, to seem fair, she had to give one to hillary, but you can tell she gave as weak a hug as possible.

This hugging fad has got to stop. We are not all teenage girls. Just stop it.

HugoDrax on February 5, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Maddow/Clinton – I may throw up.

50sGuy on February 5, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Wait, isn’t Rubio Mormon? Jeb’s the Catholic candidate.

Buckshot Bill on February 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Rubio, Jindal and Santorum are all Catholics. Bush is a more-recent convert to Catholicism.

Steve Eggleston on February 5, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Wait, isn’t Rubio Mormon? Jeb’s the Catholic candidate.

Buckshot Bill on February 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Heh. I wonder whom Mittens will be endorsing … /

ShainS on February 5, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Yes, in order to pull out the knives in their backs.

vnvet on February 5, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Bobby Jindal just endorsed Rubio. Surprise!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Losers of a feather stick together.

Rix on February 5, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Kelly all but lap danced for Rubio, and you refuse that guy Maddow a hug?

Rix on February 5, 2016 at 7:37 PM

No big deal.

KCB on February 5, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Lip reading experts are saying that when Maddow hugged Hillary, Hillary said “Hey, …Hands above the waist”.

libfreesMom on February 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

I believe Rubio was Mormon, Catholic and Evangelical. I don’t know what he believes as of now.

Cecil Corn on February 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Better than the figurative hugs they gave them during the debate.

James on February 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Well, all the establishment are rallying around Rubio.

If we don’t get together and support either Cruz and Trump we are going to end up with the same ol’ crap we’ve had for the last 8 years.

Barred on February 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

A politician with a 27% approval in his own state just endorsed rubio…..lol!!!

Indiana Jim on February 5, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Buckshot Bill on February 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

That was a rumor used against (?) him when he ran for the Senate. Apparently his parents attended a Mormon church for a while. I always hate these kind of gotchas because I don’t know about anyone else but when my folks said to get in the car, I got in the car and I never remember voting on where we were going to go.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Hugo. I thought maddow was a teenage BOY.

Indiana Jim on February 5, 2016 at 7:44 PM

What would the media say if Chris Matthews was humping Barack Obama’s leg after the debate? Oh, wait…

DocNathan on February 5, 2016 at 7:44 PM

I’m certain it wasn’t a first for either Rachel or Hill.

whatcat on February 5, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Barred on February 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

I intend to vote for Cruz. I have already been fool by Rubio once, but I have been smart enough to never say never. I plan to pout.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Huma is jealous.

Cecil Corn on February 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Lip reading experts are saying that when Maddow hugged Hillary, Hillary said “Hey, …Hands above the waist”.

libfreesMom on February 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Wouldn’t want to upset Huma.

KCB on February 5, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Was it at least a ‘bear’ hug, or a ‘bearly’ hug?

No wardrobe malfunctions, I hope…

Mcguyver on February 5, 2016 at 7:48 PM

Should a judge hug any of the attorneys? Should a referee hug an of the players?

VorDaj on February 5, 2016 at 7:48 PM

I intend to vote for Cruz. I have already been fool by Rubio once, but I have been smart enough to never say never. I plan to pout.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Rubio was your warning about Cruz.

VorDaj on February 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM

When you have been “bought” as a moderator, and are not independent, you can kiss them on the lips if you want to.

leader4hru on February 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM

VorDaj on February 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM

We disagree.

Cindy Munford on February 5, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Only if they hold it a little too long, grab and handful of booty, and wink at the camera.

Christien on February 5, 2016 at 7:56 PM

Bring it in. {{{America}}}

Christien on February 5, 2016 at 7:57 PM

No.

Americans hug way too much in general. It’s embarrassing.

DarkCurrent on February 5, 2016 at 8:02 PM

This hugging fad has got to stop. We are not all teenage girls. Just stop it.

Geez, lighten up, will ya?

Surely you remember Walter Cronkite hugging Nixon? I mean, c’mon!

ugottabekiddingme on February 5, 2016 at 8:09 PM

The question is not “should a debate moderator hug the candidates” but “should this debate ‘moderator’ hug THESE candidates.”

And the answer is: sure, why not.

TimesUp on February 5, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Is that called a brief Bromance for Bern and Mcow?

Goodie on February 5, 2016 at 8:14 PM

JUDGE RULES AGAINST OPPONENTS OF CONFEDERATE STATUE REMOVAL

The Judge, Piper D. Griffin – is a Black Female…….and a Racist…..

williamg on February 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Rachel Maddow hugging it out with Bernie and Hillary.

…I thought I saw some pelvis pumping too!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 5, 2016 at 10:38 PM

I’m surprised all cankles and madcow did was hug.

bbinfl on February 5, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Trump and MeGyn should hug after the next debate. Then Kiss… with Tongues…. Maybe a little light petting….

Brit and Roger then get jealous and go berserk, have to be pulled off by Secret Service….

Ratings Magic!

LegendHasIt on February 5, 2016 at 10:47 PM

Democrat operatives with bylines ask questions intended to give their candidates an opportunity to put their best foot forward.

Republican candidates are asked questions intended to put them in a bad light.

BD57 on February 5, 2016 at 11:35 PM

Wow. A very interesting way to look at this, ap. The point i think is, as you touched upon, that Maddow is suppose to, at least, be an advocate for the liberal voter. The hug suggests that she is actually representing the two candidates. Or perhaps she is more of an anti Republican. In which case the debate is little more than a farce, in that she had no intention of probing the candidates and their positions at all, of that would jeopardize their chances to defeat Republicans. The complete lack of interest in examining the candidates exemplifies MSNBC’s role as agents for the DNC, not their viewers.

Dr Snooze on February 6, 2016 at 2:38 AM

So a Dem debate moderator physically hugs prospective presidential nominees, but it’s the conservative pundits who have “dog whistles” like “black cloud of debt” and what have you.

The Schaef on February 6, 2016 at 3:16 AM

So what if they hug after a debate? Megyn fellated Rubio during the last fox debate.

Skipity on February 6, 2016 at 4:05 AM

If they asked equally tough questions during? Who cares?

libfreeordie on February 6, 2016 at 5:49 AM

Question: How can you tell two avowed communists.
Answer: They hug after debates?

Don L on February 6, 2016 at 6:39 AM

No. Just no.

MAzingrace on February 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Did Hillary a hug back a little bit tooooooooo much?
Huma is probably jealous…

albill on February 6, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Madcow thought about giving Hil’s buttocks an affectionate squeeze but realized her hands weren’t big enough.

Younggod on February 6, 2016 at 7:59 AM

Slightly OT.

If Carly can’t participate in tonight’s debate officially-could Hotair offer her the opportunity to participate in an online format? Nothing that would violate any rules.

talkingpoints on February 6, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Of course I disagree with the vast majority of Maddow’s stances, but I had no problem with the hugs, as she’s not a journalist, but an unabashed liberal apologist. I think the Hannity analogy is a good one, except Hannity instead would probably be trying to make out with a number of the Republican candidates, especially Ted Cruz.

asc85 on February 6, 2016 at 9:34 AM

I wanna hug Ivanka.

vnvet on February 6, 2016 at 10:01 AM

I only looked quickly at the cover picture and thought it was a Bro Hug. Some guy was hugging old Bernie. Oops.

jjjdad on February 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Maddow, more than most, drops any pretense of impartiality. If that’s not a problem for her, it ought to be for her employers. One more reason not to take them seriously.

These hugs are to apologize for the “rough questions” and to ensure access later on when their guy is elected.

Democrat debates have less drama and suspense than a WWF match, as fake questions are teed up for their bleary-eyed aging sluggers to hit out of the liberal park.

Only a child believes Sanders “free for all” narrative. Only a cynical leftist line’s up with a hideous liar with a solid record of failure and scandal.

Watch (or don’t) as the ratings of these sideshows contract into one final late night snoozefest with Charlie Rose.

virgo on February 6, 2016 at 12:07 PM

I am fine with this. It should be a wake up call to anyone who still thinks we have an unbiased media. The media’s true allegiance is showing.

bartbeast on February 6, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Madcow invited Hillary and Huma over for some hot action… :)

Mister Ghost on February 6, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Right, but Kelly and Chris Wallace are on the reporter side of Fox, just as Chuck Todd (who opted for a handshake) is at NBC

Megyn Kelly is no longer on the reporter side of Fox and has bot been for a long time. Have you watched her show – it is completely based upon her views.

ReformedDeceptiCon on February 6, 2016 at 4:43 PM