If one of the candidates says something incorrect onstage Tuesday, it is the other candidate’s job to raise concern and essentially fact check live, Fahrenkopf said.
While fact-checking one another would seem essential for candidates’ strategies, it isn’t easy to accomplish.
“Lying works on live television,” Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, told Stelter. “Live fact-checking is almost impossible and generally not terribly effective.”
But it’s not the moderator’s job to step in.
“The moderator is the facilitator,” Fahrenkophf, Jr. said. “When we choose moderators we make very clear to them that there’s a vast difference between being a moderator in a debate and being a reporter who is interviewing someone.”
As for moderating the debate through a Fox News lens, “Daily Beast” editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast said Wallace is the “real journalist at Fox,” citing his past experience in journalism and adding that he “comes from a different world.”
“I think he’s going to feel uncomfortable pushing back,” Jong-Fast said.