Thus, executive producers from each news organization will be denied editorial control and the earpieces will be used mostly to keep track of timing.
Now Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace won't have to deal with questions being fed to them by their respective bosses in the upcoming presidential debates, as was the case with Matt Lauer when he moderated the "Commander in Chief Forum" between Clinton and Trump on September 7th.
Lauer wore an earpiece in that debate and it left many people, particularly Hillary Clinton fans, complaining about Lauer's interviewing skills and judgment.
The "disastrous performance" was largely due to NBC News chief Andy Lack pushing Lauer to press Clinton on the email scandal. How dare they question the honesty and integrity of Hillary Clinton.
According to one NBC representative, it was the executive producer, not Lack, who was directing Lauer during the interview. "Andy was not in [Lauer's]ear. It's totally untrue. The fact of the matter is he would never be in the ear of any host during a program--it would be way too distracting," the rep said. He claimed that Lack was in the control room giving feedback during the interview, but didn't speak directly to Lauer.
Lauer took all the blame and New Yorkers, liberals mostly, expressed their desire to have the host shocked with a cattle prod, tarred and feathered and spit upon by all Hillary supporters.
"Death is too good for that scum," one woman who wished to remain anonymous said. "He is a sexist, misogynistic, vile, disgusting crap weasel of a host and he deserves to be banned from television, radio and Facebook. I hate him so much I could spit. I hate him. I hate him. I hate him . . . " and she kept saying that until the interviewer's mic was turned off.
Lauer took the week off after the interview and has lost all credibility with liberals who believed he was too hard on Clinton and much too easy on Trump. They're not used to the liberal mainstream media doing that and it was clearly a shock to their systems.
An investigation will be underway to see whether Lauer turns out to be a registered Republican.
Holt, on the other hand, will host the next NBC debate between the two most detestable party nominees in the history of the United States. The debate will be on Monday, September 26th at 9 p.m. Following that will be the second debate on October 9th, hosted by Raddatz and Cooper, and the final debate on October 19th, on Fox News, hosted by Chris Wallace.
If Donald Trump can put his ego aside for the 90 minutes, he stands a good chance to win.