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CNN, the host of Thursday’s debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, has confronted criticism for the absence of real-time fact-checking of the 2 candidates.

Trump unfold a number of falsehoods throughout his time onstage on points starting from the economic system and his function within the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot to veterans care. While Biden struggled to counter Trump’s false claims, many questioned why the 2 moderators, CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, did not interject.

Washington Post columnist Karen Attiah referred to as the dearth of truth checks “disturbing.”

“This is how democracy and norms get eroded,” Attiah wrote on X, previously Twitter. “Fact-checking and preparedness are part of the safeguards to keep people in power accountable.”

David Chalian, CNN’s political director, defined the considering behind the decision to keep away from interrupting the candidates earlier this week.

“Obviously, if there is some egregious fact that needs to be checked or the record needs to be made clear, Jake and Dana can do that,” Chalian instructed The Associated Press. “But that’s not their role. They are not here to participate in this debate. They are here to facilitate a debate between Trump and Biden.”

Chalian additionally instructed The New York Times a dwell debate “is not the ideal arena for live fact-checking.”

The community as an alternative offered dwell fact-checking on its web site and featured an on-air phase with Daniel Dale following the conclusion of the Biden-Trump debate.

Overall, CNN stated Trump revamped 30 false statements throughout the course of the occasion, whereas Biden made “at least nine false or misleading claims.”

While the controversy laid naked Trump’s propensity for mendacity, it additionally did not quell considerations about Biden’s age and health to serve given the president didn’t tackle Trump’s falsehoods, prompting many Democrats to marvel each privately and publicly whether or not he ought to drop out and permit a youthful candidate to take over.

Yet, Biden seems to be dismissing the criticism, no less than for now.

“I think we did well,” he instructed reporters throughout a post-debate cease at a Waffle House within the Atlanta space.

The debate was additionally seen as a make-or-break second for the community, which has seen its scores proceed to slide away even after the departure of Chris Licht, whose time on the helm of the community was marred by controversy, together with over the choice to host a city corridor with Trump.

CNN has continued to wrestle below the management of present CEO Mark Thompson, who has but to put out a transparent imaginative and prescient for the way forward for CNN, regardless that the controversy was anticipated to usher in record-breaking viewing figures for the community and provided hope it might place CNN as a number one vacation spot for breaking information as soon as once more.

Still, challenges stay for the enterprise as Puck’s Dylan Byers reported Thompson can be asserting layoffs subsequent month.