Critics piled on the NBC News town hall for what appeared to be a “debate” between President Trump and moderator Savannah Guthrie while the ABC News town hall lobbed “softballs” to Joe Biden.
Viewers who tuned into the Peacock Network expected to hear questions from voters, but similarly to the NBC town hall with Biden, questions for nearly the first 20 minutes of the program came from the moderator.
Guthrie spent much of that time grilling Trump on masks and white supremacy.
That didn’t sit well with many.
“How long will NBC go before giving an actual voter the chance to ask a question?” pollster Frank Luntz asked, who later called the “town hall” descriptor of the program “false advertising.”
“A third of the way into the NBC town hall and NO questions from the PEOPLE!!!” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany exclaimed.
“Savannah Guthrie posture toward Trump compared to Lester Holt’s toward Biden is night and day,” The Hill media reporter Joe Concha wrote, recalling the previous NBC town hall with the former VP.
“Trump went from debating Biden to Guthrie! Not sure whether this is good or bad yet … but he’s definitely debating tonight,” CNN commentator Scott Jennings said.
“The questions from the NBC audience are actually pretty good and fair–so far–and it’s only been Savannah Guthrie that has been awful,” Daily Wire re… (Read more)
ABC is inviting audience members to ask questions.
On NBC, it’s just the host – that’s not what a townhall is about.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) October 16, 2020