Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Oct 9, 2020
  • Presidential debate moderator Steve Scully raised eyebrows in a tweet with critics questioning his objectivity ahead of the second matchup between President Trump and former Vice president Joe Biden.
  • Scully sent a cryptic message that appeared to be directed at former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who has since joined the # Resistance and has been outspoken in favor of Biden's candidacy.
  • This will not help the idea that Scully is in any way an objective and impartial journalist and moderator, NewsBusters management Curtis Houck wrote.

Presidential debate moderator Steve Scully raised eyebrows on Thursday night. A tweet has critics questioning his objectivity ahead of the second matchup between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Scully sent a cryptic message that caused quite a stir on social media. That message appeared to be directed at former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who was once a supporter of President Trump. Scaramucci has since joined the #Resistance and has been outspoken in favor of Biden's candidacy. Scully, whose October 15 Town Hall event had been crumbling after President Trump withdrew from the now-virtual debate. “The odd thing for the next tweet debate moderator,” political reporter Alex Thompson reacted.

This will not help the idea that Scully is in any way an objective and impartial journalist and moderator,

NewsBusters management Curtis Houck wrote. “Looks like our moderator for the next debate thinks he's staying with Scaramucci, but accidentally tweeted to him. I'm sure he will be a fair and unbiased moderator,” Daily Caller Greg Price said. Scaramucci seemed to give him advice on how to deal with the President.

“Ignore. He's having a hard enough time. Some other bad stuff about to go down.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates and C-SPAN have not replied to Fox News' requests for comment. Another tweet of Scully's from the 2016 election shows him sharing a New York Times op-ed titled, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.” Trump pulled out of the Scully-moderated debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates unilaterally announced that it would be turning the Miami town hall into a virtual event as the president continues his recovery from the coronavirus. Biden later withdrew from the debate and has since already scheduled an ABC News town hall planned for the night the debate was supposed to occur. MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace calls Pence's debate performance “flaccid” in the press.

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