Trump forum a big test for CNN, moderator Kaitlan Collins

May 9, 2023


Donald Trump’s town hall forum on CNN on May 10th was the first major television event of the 2024 presidential campaign — and a gigantic test for the chosen moderator, Kaitlan Collins.


Both sides of the political divide expressed suspicion when the CNN forum at New Hampshire’s St. Anselm College was announced last week. Some Democrats question whether the former president should be given the airtime, while Republicans wonder if a network Trump has long disparaged can be fair.

Once it begins, Collins must give audience members the chance to ask questions while determining when to step in with her own. She’ll weigh how to correct misinformation in a potentially hostile environment: Invited town hall participants are those who expect to vote in a Republican primary.

“It’s a balance beam and it can be walked,” said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief now at George Washington University. “We’re going to see if Kaitlan is worthy of the Olympics.”

Read the full article in AP.