- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2020

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie received a mixed reaction for her performance during President Trump’s town hall meeting in Miami Thursday night, irking conservatives for repeatedly interrupting the president but receiving praise from the left for asking tough questions.

The town hall ran at the same time as ABC’s town hall for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which was decidedly less combative. According to an analysis by USA Today, Ms. Guthrie added a fact check or clarification to Mr. Trump’s remarks about 45 times during his one-hour town hall event. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos added a fact check or clarification only about ten times during Mr. Biden’s town hall, which ran a half an hour longer.

Ms. Guthrie asked Mr. Trump a total of 39 questions during the town hall and took nearly 20 minutes to get to the first voter’s question, USA Today reported. In contrast, Mr. Stephanopoulos asked Mr. Biden 23 questions and got to the first voter’s question within about a minute, the report said.

Some critics accused Ms. Guthrie and producers of being tough on Mr. Trump in an effort to appease the wave of Hollywood and media backlash NBC received for scheduling the town hall at the same time as Mr. Biden‘s.

The competing town halls were scheduled after the two campaigns couldn’t agree on a time or format for their second presidential debate, prompting the Commission on Presidential Debates to cancel it. Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden will face off for the second and last time before the Nov. 3 election on Oct. 22 in Nashville, where NBC’s Kristen Welker will moderate.

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