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“Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.” Hillary Clinton

The Democrat candidate may want to rethink her snarky comment made the day after the first presidential debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates finally admitted that “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.”

Those in the debate hall at Hofstra University on Monday night commented that it was difficult to hear Trump’s answers to moderator Lester Holt’s questions, especially in the first half-hour of the 90-minute debate.

The volume was not an issue for the 84 million television viewers who tuned in to watch the candidates face off in the first of three presidential match-ups.

Producers from CNN noted almost immediately that it sounded as if the audio from Trump’s microphone was set at a lower level, speculating that he might have been standing farther away from the lectern than Clinton stood from hers.

The volume increased as Trump, as the audio was apparently adjusted, making the sound level uneven during the course of his answer to any single question.

Trump had complained to reporters early in the week, saying, “they gave me a defective mic. Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room,” adding rhetorically, “Was that on purpose?”

His comment prompted Clinton’s put-down, but it turns out he was right, as the Commission admitted on Friday in a single sentence press release on its website.

“Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.”

The Commission did not provide an explanation or possible cause for the defective audio, but the discrepancy does not reflect well on the commission that is charged with remaining neutral as it arranges and hosts the presidential debates.

Speculation about the cause could well fuel conspiracy theories, as Trump posed the question to supporters on Friday, “I wonder why it was bad… I wonder why it was bad.”

The next debate will be held at Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, October 9.

Presumably, someone will be assigned to sound-check Trump’s microphone.

 

 

 

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