The Commission on Presidential Debates sent a message to news organizations Thursday banning moderators from wearing earpieces, Page Six has learned.
Holt’s NBC colleague Matt Lauer wore an earpiece when he interviewed presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on his Sept. 7 “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” which left man criticizing the veteran “Today” anchor’s interviewing skills and judgment.
Multiple sources said that Lauer’s performance during his interview with Clinton was because NBC News chief Andy Lack pressured him to push her on her email scandal.
But, an NBC report has said that the executive producer was talking to Matt through his earpiece during the interview – not Lack. “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 insisted, saying that Lack was in the control room giving feedback during the forum, but did not communicate directly with Lauer.
Still, Lauer took all the heat, and New Yorkers continue to express their disdain for the host. Several pedestrians gave him a thumbs down when we took to the streets of Manhattan and asked about the newsman. “I don’t like him,” said one. “I think he stinks.”
Lauer took a week off after the scandal and has yet to comment on the reaction to him pressing Clinton over her emails repeatedly, skipping over important topics and appearing to give Trump a free pass.