Jake Tapper’s Selection As Debate Moderator Draws Scrutiny For Anti-Trump Bias

The announcement of CNN hosts Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as moderators for the upcoming presidential debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump has sparked controversy, with concerns raised over Tapper’s perceived bias against Trump — as many are arguing that Trump will end up having to debate the moderators as well as Biden because of their clear bias in favor of the president.

While the role of debate moderator traditionally demands neutrality and impartiality, Tapper’s history of openly criticizing Trump on CNN has raised doubts about his ability to fulfill this obligation.

Scheduled for June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia, the debate will be closely watched as a crucial forum for the two political heavyweights. However, Tapper’s past remarks and actions have drawn scrutiny, with critics questioning whether he can maintain fairness in his moderating role.

Tapper’s critical stance toward Trump has been evident in various instances, including his reaction to footage of Trump’s visit to a Cuban restaurant last June, where he was greeted by enthusiastic supporters. Tapper, on-air, directed staff to stop airing the footage, accusing Trump of trying to turn the event into a campaign ad.

Moreover, Tapper’s commentary linking Trump to conservative media outlets and politicians during a diatribe in October 2020 has drawn attention. He suggested that Trump had run a negative and sleazy campaign, and criticized what he characterized as “charges so heinous” associated with supposedly conservative narratives like QAnon and Pizzagate.

Trump responded to Tapper’s directive with criticism, suggesting that the decision to cut the footage reflected bias against him. This incident, along with Tapper’s previous commentary, has fueled skepticism about his suitability as a debate moderator.

Despite occasional acknowledgments of Trump’s positions, such as his concession that Trump was correct about Hunter Biden’s financial dealings with China, Tapper’s overall coverage of the former president has been characterized by criticism and skepticism.

With the presidential debate serving as a pivotal moment in the political landscape, concerns about Tapper’s impartiality underscore the challenges of navigating media bias and ensuring fairness in the electoral process.