PBS False Claim of First All-Female Presidential Debate Moderators Forces Corrections by Lib Media–Fox Was First
The liberal media was singing the praises of their own as history makers before Thursday night’s Democratic Party presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosted by PBS. Articles previewing the debate highlighted the false claim by PBS that the moderator pairing of PBS Newshour co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff marked the first time an all-female duo had moderated a presidential debate.
Judy Woodruff (L) and Gwen Ifill (R), image PBS via Twitter.
“Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will bring the same high journalistic standards and integrity to this debate that they bring to the PBS NewsHour every day,” said Sara Just, Executive Producer of the NewsHour and Senior Vice President of WETA. “I’m looking forward to seeing the first all-female moderating team at a presidential debate.”
After Thursday night’s debate the same liberal media started editing headlines and appending corrections to their articles acknowledging that it was Fox, via its Fox Business Network subsidiary, that actually had the first all-female debate moderators–and that it was just a month ago!
This article has been updated to note Sandra Smith and Trish Reagan hosted a Republican undercard debate last month.
“Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly identified Thursday night’s hosts as the first pair of women to host a presidential debate together. Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan and Sandra Smith were the first to do so in a Republican undercard debate on Jan. 14.”
Newsweek edited their headline after the fact, but the original lead was tweeted Thursday night.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 12, 2016
“[email protected] and @JudyWoodruff just made history as the first all-female debate host duo http://bit.ly/20Yls74”
“Correction: Ifill and Woodruff are the first all-female team to host a main Democratic presidential debate. Fox Business Network’s Sandra Smith and Trish Regan together moderated an undercard Republican debate on January 14.”
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“Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that Ifill and Woodruff were not the first all-woman team to host a presidential debate, but the first all-woman moderating team to host a Democratic presidential debate.”
Vox has not posted a correction yet noting Fox was first.
PBS made the false claim of having the first all-female duo to host a presidential campaign in a press release issued January 11, the same day Fox announced the line-up and hosts for the Republican presidential debates moderated by Trish Regan and Sandra Smith on the Fox Business Network on January 14.
“Anchor/Managing Editor of Business News Neil Cavuto and Anchor/Global Markets Editor Maria Bartiromo will moderate the prime-time debate; anchors Trish Regan and Sandra Smith will moderate the first debate.”
Trish Regan (L) and Sandra Smith (R), image Fox via Twitter.
Articles highlighting the actual first by Regan and Smith are scarce, however the woman-oriented magazine Elle wrote about it in January.