Afternoon Mirror: Matt Lauer Was Pretty Awful

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

Quote of the Day:

“Gary Johnson enters the lunchroom.

Cafeteria Worker: ‘Chobani?’

Johnson: You won’t get me this time.

Cateria Worker: ….”

Sopan Deb, CBS News after Gary Johnson went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and asked, “What is Aleppo?”

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Matt Lauer left something to be desired in last night’s candidate forum 

“Hate media-on-media violence, but Trump’s support for the invasion of Iraq has been…rather well documented. No Lauer follow-up?”  Yahoo! News‘s Olivier Knox on NBC “TODAY” Show host Matt Lauer, who moderated the presidential debate forum Wednesday night.

Speaking of lame Lauer…

“Donald Trump isn’t answering Matt Lauer’s questions.” — CNN’s Dylan Byers.

“Matt Lauer racing through a list of questions, not much follow-up. Sometimes you have to stop, listen, change direction during interview.” — NYT‘s Adam Nagourney.

“Matt Lauer is completely witless, the low point of scripted interviewers who would never dream of asking follow-up questions.”  — Rob Beschizza, editor, writer, developer, Boing Boing.

Journo Hate Mail: Reader wants Glenn Thrush to lose the ‘stupid hat’

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Daily Beast‘s Executive Editor is having knee trouble

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If Hillary were a man… (eye roll) 

Neera Tanden is president of the Center for American Progress. 

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David Corn wills Hillary not to cough 

“Thought bubble: ‘Don’t cough, don’t cough, don’t cough, don’t cough, don’t cough.'” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Reince Priebus: Hillary is unfit and doesn’t smile 

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Advice for new journos at Stat News 

“@rickberke’s advice for 2 ex-NYT multimedia people he hired for @statnews: ‘Do everything they wouldn’t let you do at the New York Times.'” — Jeremy Barr, media reporter, Ad Age.

In defense of Hillary

Howard Fineman works for HuffPost. 

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The Hill‘s Cristina Marcos asks Reince… “Was Trump smiling enough?”

ICYMI: Trump’s ‘bunch of babies’ quote 

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The Observers

“God speed, NBC intern who has to transcribe part two of this forum.” — The Daily Beast‘s Jackie Kucinich.

“This is turning into a long 30 minutes for Trump.” — Rich Lowry, editor, National Review.

“Does Trump know that he’s running against Clinton and not Obama?” — WaPo syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker.

“Trump’s getting softer questions and Lauer mainly isn’t as aggressive. But Trumps still not doing great.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

“Trump actually boasting about a Mexico trip where he got wedgied by Pena Nieto.” — the Guardian‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Chelsea Handler cracks on Melania Trump

“Ivanka says her dad isn’t sexist because he hired her. Does that mean he isn’t xenophobic just bc he ordered her mom from a Czech catalog?” — comedian Chelsea Handler.

Conservative journo: Hillary did something better than Trump 

“Hillary didn’t do well during her half hour, obviously, but she was a much better filibusterer of questions than Trump is.” — The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes compares Trump’s military plan to a pizza 

“This is a good question, but it’s also the kind of q Trump will never answer: ‘What are your plans?'” — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. In other Hayes commentary: “A combo of my plan and the general’s plan. Like when you get olives on one half of the pizza and mushrooms on the other.”

Vox‘s Matthew Yglesias writes something funny (seriously) 

“Trump will fire Obama’s bad generals, replace them with undocumented immigrants, and order them to devise a plan to beat ISIS.” — Vox‘s Matthew Yglesias.

Ex-Breitbart editor: ‘Trump is ‘killing it’ 

“Wow. Trump killing it. Much, much improved candidate. Comfortable, articulate, focused, on message.” — Ex-Breitbart News editor John Nolte.

Liberal reporter: ‘Clinton held up well’

“These were tough questions but I think Clinton held up well. She delivered specific, concise answers. Effective performance in my opinion.” — New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait.

In short: They both failed 

“I’m not sure either candidate can feel like they made progress tonight. Clinton was on the defensive and Trump lacked a lot of substance.” — NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.

NYT‘s Maggie Haberman: Hillary has suffered from no press conferences 

Lis Smith is former deputy campaign manager for Martin O’Malley. She works for 50 State Communications. 

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Guardian political reporter invokes ‘The Flintstones’ 

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