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NBC News is feeling the heat from the left after announcing it will be hosting a town hall with President Donald Trump this week.
The network and “Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie, who will be moderating the Florida-based event, have been torched on social media where hashtags calling for boycotts were launched by liberals irate at the planned program with Trump, and the fact that will be be airing in direct competition with Joe Biden’s ABC News town hall.
NBC News became the target for the left’s anger and backlash after announcing the competing town hall, set to take place outdoors in Miami on Thursday. The town halls were scheduled after the second presidential debate between Trump and Biden was canceled last week following the president’s objections to plans to hold it virtually due to his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
Guthrie’s name and the hashtag #BoycottNBC began trending on Twitter as reactions poured in over the network giving Trump the platform and scheduling it against Biden’s live town hall from Philadelphia.
#BoycottNBC is the top trending topic and they earned it. NBC could’ve scheduled its town hall with Trump LITERALLY any other date/time as the town hall previously scheduled with Biden for Thursday on ABC. But they choose the same time. Then again NBC gave us The Apprentice https://t.co/GICwLniWNW
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 14, 2020
The decision by NBC News to run a Trump town hall directly opposite ABC’s Biden town hall is indefensible.
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) October 14, 2020
My fellow Americans:
Let’s make sure we give ALL #NBC related stations their absolute LOWEST RATINGS in history by tuning out the “Trump Town Hall” across ALL platforms: TV, social media, streaming, etc.
— Andrea G ™ (@Allegedly_G) October 14, 2020
It’s asinine that @nbc would allow @realDonaldTrump to dodge a direct debate with @JoeBiden and give him a platform at the same day and time, not allowing undecided voters to see the contrast between them in real-time. It’s reckless and irresponsible.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) October 14, 2020
Apparently the frustration was being felt within NBC’ s own halls, according to journalist Yashar Ali.
We’re entering a peculiar phase of journalism where the employees think they’re entitled to controlling the network/newspaper/outlet, rather than viewing themselves as… employees. https://t.co/5U3FyjKPJK
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) October 14, 2020
And as the left regularly does, they took their dissent and turned it into a war cry, calling on fellow Trump-haters to do more than just not watch the event.
Author Kurt Eichenwald pushed a Guthrie boycott, telling his more than 500,000 followers to “make it hurt” and warning her career would be “wrecked” if she goes ahead as moderator. Others inexplicably declared that top executives at mainstream media companies are “trying to aid and abet Trump to a second term.”
It’s higher up then just Savannah Guthrie. It’s the executives of all the MSM who are most likely Trump voters. They’re the ones who are desperately trying to aid and abet Trump to a second term. All of MSM needs to be held accountable. https://t.co/f4Z2nTRdrv
— Pat Hahn (@slkpca) October 14, 2020
Trump’s town hall, to be held outdoors at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami according to NBC’s announcement, is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern time and will run for one hour. Biden’s ABC News town hall will begin at the same time from another battleground state and will run for 90 minutes.
The dueling events are taking place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and just over a week after Trump was treated for COVID-19 and released from Walter Reed Medical Center. The president has already held rallies this week as he returned to the campaign trail with White House physician Sean Conley announcing Monday that he had tested negative for the coronavirus.
Clifford Lane, clinical director at the National Institutes of Health, and Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, reportedly told NBC News in a statement that they had reviewed the president’s recent medical data and concluded “with a high degree of confidence” that the president was “not shedding infectious virus.”
But it seems the blistering reactions to the NBC event were not really focused on the virus.
Wow the decision to air a competing town hall on a different network at the same time is right out of pro wrestling. That’s not a good thing.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 14, 2020
And every day, I will remind the world to hate @SavannahGuthrie for doing this.
— Kurt “Mask Up, Vote Early” Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 14, 2020
NBC’s decision to continue boosting Trump–regardless of the norms they trample in order to do so–is the strongest case yet that for-profit corporations can’t be trusted to put a healthy democracy ahead of shareholder profit.
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) October 14, 2020
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