Conservative politicians and journalists slammed one of the moderators of a Georgia gubernatorial debate for taking the side of the Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams.
During the gubernatorial debate, local CBS journalist Chuck Williams, who was moderating the debate, asked Abrams why she was not leading the polls, even though her opinion aligns with the public wishes on most of the issues.
Debate Moderator Goes Partisan
According to Williams, the public wants the right to abortion, banning guns, and Medicare expansion, as suggested by most of the opinion polls.
However, Williams continued by asking why the pre-elections polls did not predict victory for Abrams when she supported the popular opinion.
After listening to the partisan approach by the moderator, conservatives slammed him while accusing him of becoming a fan of Abrams.
Chuck Williams: "Hey girl, Stacey, why does your poopy-butt opponent hate puppies, kittens, and America"?
Georgia debate moderator accused of 'fan service' for saying Stacey Abrams is on ‘side of public opinion' https://t.co/bK1ZmQX7D6
— FOB_Phi (@FobPhi1) October 19, 2022
Editor-in-chief of The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway, noted that seeing this type of partisan behavior by a speech moderator is a rare thing, but unfortunately, this propaganda is happening.
Likewise, a GOP state senator from Oklahoma, Nathan Dahm, asserted fake journalists like Williams are enemies of the public, as they throw premeditated questions during the debate.
Furthermore, one writer of National Review, Nate Hochman, shared the clip of Williams’ question on Twitter and labeled it a hell of an opening question in the gubernatorial debate.
Hochman also rephrased Williams’ question sarcastically, claiming the moderator was telling Abrams she is the real face of the good, beautiful things, and she is the only candidate who sides with democracy, but still, she is losing the election.
helluva opening question in the Georgia governor’s debate lol pic.twitter.com/k3IPcBdSqH
— Nate Hochman (@njhochman) October 19, 2022
Republicans Leading All Polls in Georgia Gubernatorial Race
In addition to that, the senior editor of The Federalist, David Harsanyi, claimed this was extremely unprofessional behavior by the moderator.
Harsanyi suggested the moderator could have done a better job than this by leaving all candidates alone, so they could have asked questions of each other. Similarly, one journalist, Jim Stinson, accused Williams of being a cheerleader for Abrams.
One radio host, Jason Rantz, stated Williams’ support of Abrams during the debate was a kind of campaign donation to the Democratic candidate, adding Williams’ question was embarrassing, to say the least.
NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham said these types of questions urge Republicans to think Democrats often rig election debates.
The rapid response director of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Christina Pushaw, also noted both Abrams and the debate moderators were campaigning against Republican candidates in the Georgia gubernatorial election.
Currently, Republican candidate Brian Kemp is leading all the polls in Georgia, which suggests he should win reelection in the state.
FiveThirtyEight, an election analysis website, established Kemp is supported by 50.6% of voters in the state, while Abrams is only backed by 44.9% of voters.
Meanwhile, liberal media outlets also lashed out at Kemp after the debate. CNN noted Kemp was trying to avoid questions related to abortion access in Georgia, as he was mostly shifting the discussion toward the economy, while blaming Biden for rising inflation.