NBC’s Lester Holt will be moderating the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Everybody wants to vet the candidates — but is anybody vetting the debate moderator?
That’s why we’re here.
Lester Holt is a big shot at NBC these days, filling in for Brian Williams and hosting the Rio Olympics. Now he’s even moderating the first presidential debate.
But how did he get here?
Let’s rewind to 1986: Lester Holt is a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City. It’s nice, but he wants more.
The very next year he’s in Chicago, anchoring the evening news and soon reporting from Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, El Salvador, Haiti and other worldwide news hotspots. His career is taking off like a rocket.
How did it happen?
The embattled CBS-owned television station in Chicago may hire a black news anchorman, but a station official said the move is not a reaction to an extended boycott of the station by the Operation PUSH civil rights organization.
Ted Faraone, a spokesman for CBS-owned WBBM-TV in Chicago, said Wednesday that the station is in negotiation with New York broadcast journalist Lester Holt for a position as an anchorman for its weekday newscasts.
Operation PUSH launched a boycott of WBBM in October, 1985, after the station demoted longtime anchor and reporter Harry Porterfield, a black man, who later resigned and joined a competing Chicago station. Operation PUSH has tried to extend its protest to other CBS-owned stations around the country.
In March, CBS named Johnathan Rodgers general manager of the station. Formerly executive producer of the “CBS Morning News” and a longtime CBS executive, Rodgers was the first black ever named general manager of a network-owned television station. While at KCBS (then KNXT), Rodgers hired Holt for that station’s news operation.
PUSH is run by left-wing race-baiter and friend of Al Sharpton’s Jesse Jackson. The organization is his baby.
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Sounds like Lester Holt had a little bit of help on his side when he got his new job in 1986. In fact, sounds like affirmative action with pressure from the outside.
Were Lester Holt and Jesse Jackson in contact in the mid-1980s when Holt got his Chicago gig? Maybe we need a WeSearchr bounty on that.
The New York Times corroborated the story above:
The CBS television station in Chicago, which has been under pressure from a minority-group organization to hire minority anchors, reporters and managers, plans to hire Lester Holt, a New York newscaster, as a daily anchorman.
Mr. Holt, who is black, is expected to leave WCBS after next week and to begin work at WBBM in Chicago this summer, according to CBS officials.
Operation PUSH, the group that organized the boycott, claimed credit for Mr. Holt’s hiring. In March, CBS hired Johnathan Rodgers, who is also black, as vice president and general manager of the ratings-troubled station, also a move PUSH said its protests had prompted.
Did Lester Holt have the help of Jesse Jackson and #BlackLivesMatter agitators when he got his latest debate moderator gig?
It wouldn’t surprise us.
This is what Donald Trump will be facing tonight:
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