President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden appeared in competing mainstream news networks’ town halls in the same time slot on Thursday. Biden appeared on ABC with George Stephanopoulos and President Trump appeared on NBC with Savannah Guthrie.
For anyone who switched between the two town halls, it became readily apparent that the town hall with President Trump was better TV. On ABC, Biden and Stephanopoulos were chatting on the dais surrounding by mostly empty seating in a very small theater, giving the impression that there were very few people in a small space.
The NBC outdoor stage was one level with many people visible behind and around Trump and Guthrie. The lighting was interesting, and of course, the Trump/Guthrie match was an all-out brawl.
Some have described the Biden/Stephanopoulos event as a visit with Mr. Rogers as Stephanopoulos and the audience tossed softballs at the Democratic candidate.
In stark contrast, flipping to NBC, the atmosphere of the Trump/Guthrie event was a gladiatorial spectacle as Guthrie in her hot pink pantsuit ran at President Trump, hurling every debunked Democrat argument at him with teeth bared.
The leftist elite expressed their displeasure with NBC. 105 Hollywood celebrities petitioned NBC not to compete with the ABC Biden town hall. Believing strongly in their own importance, they objected that NBC was violating the “norms and rules” of democracy.
We believe this kind of indifference to the norms and rules of our democracy are what have brought our country to this perilous state.
NBC also took a lot of heat from the rest of the fake news media for giving President Trump a platform, but they chose to produce a show that people would watch. Hands down, NBC produced better TV last night.
Watching President Trump brawl with a fake news hack like Guthrie is infinitely more entertaining than watching Joe Biden rehash the political catch-phrases and talking points of his former failed campaigns any day.
Watch the Washington Examiner’s town hall compilation:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 16, 2020
Update: Saturday Night Live engaged in some comedy on Saturday and had the same take on the dueling town halls as the writer. Even the Trump-hating Jim Carrey perfectly lampooned the Democrat hero Joe Biden. SNL gave the nodding lady a nod, and saw the Trump/Guthrie event as the wrestling match it was.
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