When NBC announced that they'd be hosting a town hall featuring President Trump on the same night ABC is hosting a town hall with Joe Biden, the backlash was swift, with people accusing the network of giving Trump "exactly what he wants" by helping him to overshadow Biden.
In a statement released this Thursday, NBCU news chief Cesar Conde said that if the network were to move the Trump town hall to a later time slot so as to not conflict with Biden's town hall, "we would be violating our commitment to offer both campaigns access to the same audience and the same forum."
That explanation didn't go over so well with some who were critical of the initial decision.
This is absurd. A while back, NBC offered both candidates a town hall. Only Biden took them up on it. Then Trump b… https://t.co/yhUPYwWHS6— Max Kennerly (@Max Kennerly)1602780132.0
Remember the name Cesar Conde — he’s a piece of shit. https://t.co/ttbsvp7rMp— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1602778362.0
@ToSayBoldly @JBFlint @WSJ @NBCNews @chucktodd how is this fair to voters, one person can't watch both at the same time!— Where My Background Singers? (@Where My Background Singers?)1602778490.0
@JBFlint @WSJ Fairness would be to air at a different time or different day so people can see both instead of makin… https://t.co/RVKDNABN5A— Kristi (@Kristi)1602778433.0
If only NBC News head Cesar Conde had some influence over when NBC airs this event. https://t.co/m5MHr70lAw— Jamison Foser (@Jamison Foser)1602779691.0
Fairness would be to schedule the Trump town hall for a different night. But Cesar Conde picked a horse in the rati… https://t.co/yVvM5rRKpk— Bob Cesca (@Bob Cesca)1602778826.0
Update: my Mom just finished Mass and is now calling @NBCNews. Not going to go well for Trump appeaser Cesar Conde and crew. 😮— Tom Watson (@Tom Watson)1602779787.0
How can they access THE SAME audience and THE SAME forum, on TWO DIFFERENT channels, at THE SAME TIME? I am sorry… https://t.co/OokR6mo5L3— Evan Shapiro (@Evan Shapiro)1602780428.0