NBC hosts another Biden-friendly town hall, in contrast to hostile Trump town halls
NBC is receiving criticism today after the network hosted another major media town hall that looked like it was scripted by Biden campaign staffers, rather than truly fielding questions from undecided voters.
“The outdoor, televised event, which aired on both NBC and MSNBC, took place in the swing state of Florida and moderator Lester Holt told viewers that all of the Miami attendees were ‘undecided voters,’” says Fox News.
But, as Fox noted, some campaign watchers noticed that the tenor of the questions and participants seemed less-than undecided.
“NBC’s town hall with Joe Biden & ‘undecided voters’ in Miami didn’t seem to have undecided voters. Nor was it much of a Miami town hall, which would have way more yelling & pointed questions. It was a TV show that doubled as a Biden infomercial. Can’t blame him for doing it,” said Marc Caputo, the Politico Florida correspondent for the 2020 presidential election.
One Twitter user noted that they treated Biden more like a grandpa than a presidential candidate.
“Let’s take it easy on #LesterHolt for the #NBCTownHall last night. That’s how we would have treated any of our grandparents at thanksgiving or at a school program where seniors are invited to talk to children… what’s that? That was a presidential thing? Seriously?” said writer Edward Varga.
“The townhall questions for Biden are pretty underwhelming thus far,” noted the McClatchy national political correspondent David Catanese.
The event comes just weeks after CNN hosted a similar event for Biden which was blasted for featuring “softball” questions for the Democrat nominee for president, while a previous event for Trump hosted by ABC News featured such hostile questions that even the media noticed.
“In the first moments, the contrast between what Trump was asked and what Biden is being asked is striking,” Politico columnist Jeff Greenfield tweeted, who later noted that Biden was being treated with kid gloves.
By contrast, the Washington Fee Beacon says that some of the so-called “undecided voters” who grilled President Trump on ABC’s townhall were really liberal Democrat activists.
“Multiple voters characterized by ABC News as undecided—and selected to pepper President Donald Trump with questions during a network town hall—are longtime Trump critics. While the network claimed its Tuesday town hall ‘provided uncommitted voters the opportunity to ask the president questions about issues affecting Americans,’ a Washington Free Beacon review of social media posts found that two of the questioners have long denounced Trump,” said the report.
One “undecided voter” that night had previously called Trump a “f—ing moron,” “pathetic,” “pig,” “swine,” “punk ass,” and “LOOSER,” according to the Beacon review of social media.
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