Actually, It’s Good That Major Networks Are Covering Both Trump’s and Biden’s Town Halls
Tonight, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will host separate town hall events where each of them will answer questions from voters.
These two events are a replacement for what was supposed to be another presidential debate, but after Trump’s COVID-19 infection, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided they’d go with a virtual debate format. Trump wouldn’t agree to that change and Biden suggested they push the debate back a week before the entire debate was just scrapped.
Trump’s town hall will be on NBC and Biden’s will be on ABC, with both starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. Some very important media people are now very mad that Trump seems to have deliberately pushed for the same slot as Biden to make them compete for viewers.
Based on reporting by the Washington Post and The New York Times, the complaining seems to primarily be in media circles. Arguably, it’s actually only coming from various people in the media. From the Post:
Veteran journalist Jeff Greenfield called it “indefensible” on Twitter, where a call to boycott NBC was a trending topic.
“They rewarded Trump by giving him this time,” Greenfield said in an interview.
Katie Couric, former host of NBC’s “Today” show, said on Twitter that NBC’s decision was “bad for democracy.” NBC actress Shakina Nayfack, whose comedy series “Connecting” will be preempted Thursday by the Trump town hall, criticized her emp
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