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The perils and the pitfalls of moderating presidential forums, as demonstrated by Matt Lauer




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with 'Today' show co-anchor Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid, New York, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with 'Today' show co-anchor Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum held at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid, New York, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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NBC's Matt Lauer faced flack Thursday after his prime-time sitdowns with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Wednesday evening.

From social media came a cavalcade of criticism and accusations of unfair questioning and failure to fact-check. Others knocked the Today host for letting Trump overpower him during the interview. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeMpEgO8lYY

With the first presidential debate a little over two weeks away, many are left wondering if last night is a preview of what's to come. 

For a deeper look, Take Two spoke to Hadas Gold, media reporter for Politico.

Press the blue play button above to hear the interview.