Presidential Debate Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday he doesn’t expect Fox News anchor Chris Wallace or any of the other moderators to fact-check President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden at the debates.
What he’s saying: “There’s a vast difference between being a moderator in a debate and being a reporter who is interviewing someone,” Fahrenkopf said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
- Fahrenkopf said it’s the role of a reporter conducting an interview to fact-check their subject. “But that’s not the case in a debate. … It’s the role of the other person in a debate to be the one to raise that … rather than the moderator.”
- “The minute the TV is off, there are going to be plenty of fact-checkers at every newspaper and every television station in the world. That’s not the main role of our moderators,” he continued.
- “The commission’s function is to put