The latest Democratic presidential debate took place Thursday night, and it was a one-on-one debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. While one of the debate’s most intense confrontations arguably stemmed from Clinton’s accusation that Sanders’ campaign was engaged in an “artful smear” of Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street, both agreed to avoid dwelling on media scandals involving the two candidates. But it’s what happened after the intense debate that has a lot of people talking.
One might say the tension between presidential candidate Donald Trump and Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly was contrasted starkly when MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow hugged Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton after the debate was over.
One of the first to notice the embraces was Brit Hume.
Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a moderator do that before.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 5, 2016
One could say the Fox and Friends hosts had a heyday with Maddow hugging the candidates. Steve Doocy said, “It’s hard to ask a hard question when secretly you just want to hug ’em.” Geraldo Rivera jumped in: “But wasn’t it revealing though, that’s the point. When Rachel Maddow comes up and hugs Hillary Clinton, it’s like saying, ‘Never mind. I didn’t mean any of that.’” Having the last word, Brian Kilmeade asked, “Have you ever seen the refs hug Peyton Manning at the end of the game?”
The warm and fuzzy relationship Clinton apparently has with the media has been a cause for criticism since the campaign began in 2015, with some even saying the media is shielding Clinton from tough moderators and difficult lines of questioning.