Presidential Debates Executive Director on Moderators Fact Checking: ‘I Don’t Think It’s A Good Idea’

Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” while discussing the moderator’s role of  fact checking during the presidential debates, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Janet Brown said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica.  And I think it’s better for that person to facilitate and to depend on the candidates to basically correct each other as they see fit.” Partial transcript as follows: BRIAN STELTER, CNN HOST AND SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT:  Welcome back.  We are live from Hofstra University, the site of Monday night’s presidential debate.  We are here inside of the hall where the cameras are in place and the pretend stand-ins are actually practicing behind us.   What you may not know is that although you can watch the debate on CNN and pretty much other network and website, the debates are not produced or sponsored by any television network.  They are actually run by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit group lead by both Republicans and Democrats So, just what has the commission had to contend with this extraordinary year?   Who better to ask than Janet Brown, the executive director of the commission, who joins