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Politics Savannah Guthrie, George Stephanopoulos draw praise, hate after Trump-Biden town halls

14:27  16 october  2020
14:27  16 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Read the full transcript of Joe Biden's ABC News town hall

  Read the full transcript of Joe Biden's ABC News town hall Read the full transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's ABC News town hall, Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden and moderator George Stephanopoulos participate in an ABC News town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Oct. 15, 2020. Please note: This is a rush transcript that may not be in its final form, and may be updated.

Savannah Guthrie was hailed by her peers on Thursday night, following her relentless interrogation of President Donald Trump at an NBC News town hall . NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Hailed By Journalists for Relentless Interrogation of Trump at Town Hall : ‘Masterclass’.

“ Savannah Guthrie is showing herself to be a partisan hack tonight,” Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe wrote on Twitter. “Has any media person ever challenged Biden like Savannah Guthrie is Biden ’s town hall on ABC, which was moderated by George Stephanopoulos , featured far less animosity.

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden's competing town halls Thursday evening left many media pundits split.

"Well that happened," MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said. "That was a strange replacement for what was otherwise supposed to be the second presidential debate of this general election season."

Both candidates participated in televised town halls (Trump on NBC and Biden on ABC) after the Commission on Presidential Debates cancelled the second of three presidential debates, a town-hall format featuring questions from voters originally scheduled for Thursday in Miami.

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Joe Biden ’s town hall was much less eventful, offering a striking contrast to Trump . NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie received widespread praise for her questioning of Trump , after Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Joe Biden what it would say about the country if he lost to Trump next month.

While Savannah Guthrie pressed President Trump for answers on NBC on Thursday night, George Stephanopoulos and Joseph R. Biden Jr. had a There was no debate on Thursday because Mr. Trump withdrew, refusing to commit to a virtual matchup. Mr. Biden agreed to an ABC town hall , and

Savannah Guthrie wearing a purple hat on stage: Moderator Savannah Guthrie speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with President Donald Trump at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. © Evan Vucci, AP Moderator Savannah Guthrie speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with President Donald Trump at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami.

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Celebrities and television personalities were forced to jump between channels to hear from the candidates. As CNN's Van Jones put it, "You kind of break your wrist going back and forth between these (town halls) trying to watch them at the same time."

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Trump and Biden both held their town halls Thursday evening. Conservatives have erupted in anger after NBC's Savannah Guthrie grilled Donald Trump with a 'question every 12 seconds' while ABC's George Stephanopoulos was accused of forgetting to ask Joe Biden about his son Hunter's

Leftist Savannah Guthrie was slammed online on Thursday night for her hostile and biased behavior toward President Trump during an NBC News town hall . Savannah Guthrie follows by accusing Trump of dodging. This is already an absolute joke. And does the audience get to ask questions?

He was not alone. Katie Couric announced on Twitter that she was "channel surfing." But she said her "blood pressure is now down significantly" while tuning in to one candidate in particular.

"@JoeBiden is coming across as sincere and humble," she added, while voicing frustration at Trump's refusal to acknowledge the conspiracy group, QAnon.

NBC News' Savannah Guthrie hosted Trump's town hall, which proved to be contentious from the start as moderator and candidate sparred over questions on COVID-19 and white supremacy. Some said that Trump actually was in a debate.

"(Trump) pretty much debated Savannah Guthrie," Fox News host Sean Hannity said.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani called Guthrie "hostile, argumentative, and contradictory."

Bill O'Reilly tweeted, "This NBC thing with Mr. Trump is a complete setup. Ms. Guthrie is hostile. Meanwhile, it’s a smooch fest between Stephanopolus and Biden on ABC."

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"These two town halls capture perfectly the difference in media treatment, Trump vs. Biden . ABC is doing everything they can to keep Joe Biden comfortable. Meanwhile, Savannah Guthrie is attacking the President like she openly hates him. Couldn’t be encapsulated better," Murtaugh tweeted.

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Megyn Kelly – who served as a moderator for the Republican presidential debate Aug. 6, 2015 – agreed that the NBC event was catered to Democrats.

"So far, this is not a town hall for voters, it is designed to appease the angry NBC employees/Dems who are (expletive) off Trump’s on NBC at all," Kelly tweeted, before lambasting Guthrie's question selection and interruptions.

Others praised Guthrie for pressing Trump for answers while fact-checking him.

Although Amy Schumer "did not want to give @nbc ratings tonight," the comedian applauded Guthrie's "kick (expletive)" moderation.

"I love @savannahguthrie and believe in her," Schumer wrote on Instagram. "She did such a great job and I appreciate it. She took him to task. And her questions were honest and authentic, even though his answers were not."

"Good for #SavannahGuthrie for holding his bone spurs to the fire," tweeted Bette Midler, an outspoken Trump critic.

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The dueling town halls between Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden may not have had the face-to-face 1) Biden more at ease in a town hall setting, Trump not so much. After talking over moderator Savannah Guthrie , ignoring questions about QAnon, Trump says "So cute

Savannah Guthrie kept a tight rein on a controversial town - hall with President Donald Trump that put NBC in the cross-hairs of critics. Many consumers have rebuked NBC for its decision to put Trump opposite a similar discussion his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden , had with ABC News and George

Washington Post writer Aaron Blake tweeted: "Savannah Guthrie is putting on a masterclass. Having fact checks ready. Not letting lengthy filibusters. Sharp questions, cutting in regularly to set the record straight and keep things focused."

Washington Post's Washington Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Guthrie had "sharp, tough questioning," adding she was "smartly following up to pin Trump down when he responds with vague or rambling answers."

Variety's Brian Steinberg described Guthrie's town hall as "what may be the performance of a career."

"NBC's Savannah Guthrie kept a tight rein on the proceedings of a controversial town-hall event with President Donald Trump that has put NBC in the cross-hairs of critics," Steinberg continued, adding earlier in the night that she "isn’t letting POTUS wander very much, keeping him on a pretty tight leash in terms of his responses."

Guthrie also drew praise from her colleagues at NBC.

"Kudos to @SavannahGuthrie and the entire @NBCNews  team that produced tonight’s #trumptownhall in #miami Well done," Al Roker tweeted, while Hoda Kotb added: ".@SavannahGuthrie proud to be your partner. Get some rest.. see you in the morning."

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CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip called out a passive-aggressive comment during an exchange between Trump and Guthrie: "I think the suburban women will love Trump telling Savannah Guthrie sarcastically that she is 'so cute.' "

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a couple of people that are sitting on a stage: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos at the beginning of a town hall meeting at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. © Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos at the beginning of a town hall meeting at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Let's not forget about Biden's town hall, moderated by ABC's George Stephanopoulos at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.

Kelly applauded the former vice president's demeanor. "Biden sounds good/coherent on ABC right now - talking about the country’s future/unity - has the 'aw shucks' attitude he sometimes shows. It’s definitely easier when the moderator lets you speak," she tweeted.

The Biden-Stephanopoulos back-and-forth was calm in comparison to their counterparts. The ABC host, however, caught some flak for allegedly taking it easy on Biden.

Giuliani said "Stephanopoulis let Biden speak endlessly and never interrupted him," In another tweet, he added: "I thought George Stephanopoulis had grown from a partisan Democrat to being a journalist."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Savannah Guthrie, George Stephanopoulos draw praise, hate after Trump-Biden town halls

Dueling town halls show Trump struggling to catch up in marathon race .
Trump did nothing to move undecideds or citizens who support Biden toward him. Why does this matter? Well, when we look at any analysis of the "dueling" town halls last night we must understand them in the context of where we are and what is going on.

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