‘Ask any Republican who has felt the lash of his pen whether he can be critical of the other side…’
(Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) The Democratic National Committee and Politico are reportedly sparring after the DNC rejected one of the publication’s chosen moderators for the next presidential primary debate.
Politico, one of the debate’s co-hosts, chose chief political correspondent Tim Alberta to moderate, but the DNC said Alberta’s past ties to conservative media are a deal-breaker.
Alberta previously wrote for the National Review, a conservative magazine, and has since dedicated much of his reporting to Republican politics. Alberta’s political opinions reportedly “rankled officials” in the DNC who don’t want conservative bias leaking into the debate, according to NBC News.
“Democratic Party officials say such a journalist is ill-suited to co-moderate a debate meant to better inform Democratic voters about their potential nominees,” sources familiar with what they described as an “argument” said.
Ironically, Alberta doesn’t even consider himself a Republican. If anything, he’d be considered a #NeverTrump conservative given his vocal disapproval of the president and his GOP supporters.
Politico hasn’t backed down yet, insisting to the DNC that Alberta is a nonpartisan reporter who is more critical of conservatives than Democrats—a claim many on the Right would endorse.
It is outrageous that anyone from within Politico, PBS, or DNC should object to the questioning of @TimAlberta
Ask any Republican who has felt the lash of his pen whether he can be critical of the other side. He would be a welcome addition to the stagehttps://t.co/BLiwY4Mo1R
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) November 18, 2019
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) November 18, 2019
Apparently Politico’s choice also “rankled” some of Alberta’s colleagues.
Among the other moderator options floated around were Carrie Budoff Brown, the outlet’s online editor, and Anna Palmer, the co-author of the Politico “Playbook” newsletter.
Some employees at both PBS (the debate’s other co-host) and Politico reportedly said Brown and Palmer would be better choices given Alberta’s past.