NBC Donated $5.6 Million To Democratic Party, Provided First Debate’s Moderator
Uh, so the Dem Party finally disclosed donors to the Philly convention, RIGHT before the debate, to obscure the news https://t.co/QdGT3Wj6JU
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 27, 2016
Moderator Lester Holt works for NBC; he is the host of the NBC’s flagship, primetime daily television program “NBC Nightly News.”
The donations were given to the “Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee” which was “supporting a nominating convention,” according to the 1,098 pages of receipts and disbursements.
The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee received the donations and then disbursed them to the Democratic Party.
A supplementary report also shows that Comcast Corporation donated goods and services, like “data/network, voice, security, TV, space, equipment, and labor” from “March 2016 through October 2016.”
Known as “Friday news dump,” releasing information before a weekend or a holiday is a common tactic. Organizations and politicians often do this if the data being revealed could be interpreted as incriminating, or at least unflattering.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story said NBC sponsored the debate. NBC’s Holt moderated the debate.
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