- Neither democracy nor voters are well served when the moderator becomes the focus
- Can any single moderator possibly satisfy both candidates plus millions of viewers at home?
Melissa K. Miller is an associate professor of political science at Bowling Green State University specializing in American politics. Sam Nelson is a senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and directs Cornell's debate program
(CNN)Matt Lauer is the latest news anchor to come under harsh scrutiny for his performance as a moderator. While NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was not an actual debate, it clearly exposed the many weaknesses of the moderator-driven format.