ABC’S PAIR OF DE­BATES

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

ABC News an­nounced Tues­day it will host an of­fi­cial Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial de­bate in De­cem­ber, fol­lowed by one for Repub­li­can hope­fuls in Fe­bru­ary. Will the net­work be fair to both par­ties?

“They bet­ter be. We’ve al­ready seen un­fair treat­ment back­fire for other net­works in pre­vi­ous de­bates,” notes one close ob­server.

ABC’s cov­er­age for both events will be led by chief an­chor and for­mer Clin­ton White House staffer Ge­orge Stephanopou­los; he has bowed out of the mod­er­at­ing role fol­low­ing Repub­li­can crit­i­cism over his pre­vi­ous per­sonal do­na­tions to the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion. In­stead, “World News Tonight” an­chor David Muir and global af­fairs cor­re­spon­dent Martha Rad­datz will serve in the role. They’ll get plenty of in­put: 18 cor­re­spon­dents — from Diane Sawyer to Pierre Thomas — will also chime in when the time comes.

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