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NBC Slams CNN for Repeating Clinton’s False Claim That Debate Moderator Didn’t Ask About Jobs

By Craig Bannister | May 3, 2017 | 10:43am EDT

On Tuesday, a senior political editor at NBC called out a CNN reporter for repeating Hillary Clinton’s false claim that NBC debate moderator Lester Holt did not ask about jobs.

“Come on – that was Lester Holt’s first question in the very first debate,” NBC’s Mark Murray tweeted to CNN’s Senior Reporter for Media and Politics Dylan Byers – who had tweeted that “Hillary Clinton says none of the debate moderators asked, ‘How are you going to create jobs?’”

Murray sent Byers a link to a Washington Post transcript of the debate, in which Holt asked Clinton - then Trump, then Clinton and Trump again - about jobs. Holt’s very first debate question was:

“Beginning with you, Secretary Clinton, why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kinds of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of American works?”

But, in her Tuesday interview with CNN, Clinton claimed she was ready and waiting for the question about jobs – but, it never came:

“I was waiting for the moment when one of the people asking the questions would have said, so exactly how are you going to create more jobs? Right. I thought, you know, I thought at some moment that would happen. And I was ready for that moment.”

Since Murray’s response, CNN.com has updated its story on the interview, which now acknowledges Clinton’s claim is false and links to The Washington Post transcript Murray sent:

“Clinton also attacked the mainstream media. She argued that in her three presidential debates, none of the moderators asked Trump what, specifically, his plans were to "make America great again" and to create jobs.

“That's not accurate. In fact, in the first question in the first presidential debate by NBC's Lester Holt to both candidates was about how to create jobs and get the economy whirring again. (You can read the transcript yourself here.)”

Byers has also tweeted “HRC Fact-Check,” pointing to Murray’s tweet.

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