ABC’S PAIR OF DEBATES
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.