"Happily giving a white supremacist a platform despite the impact on society"
Americans are angrily denouncing NBC News and MSNBC after network executives announced Wednesday they will hold a town hall for President Donald Trump on Thursday, directly competing with ABC's town hall for Joe Biden. The two presidential nominees were to appear together in a town hall but Trump pulled out when the Commission on Presidential Debates announced due to his COVID-19 the event would be virtual.
In fact, NBC News seems desperately aware of the danger.
"Moderated by 'TODAY' anchor Savannah Guthrie, the event will take place outdoors and be socially distanced," was the first sentence in the network's announcement.
But the network seemed especially unaware of the anger it would generate by handing the former host of its own TV series, "The Apprentice," airtime to compete with a scheduled election event. Many expressed frustration that NBC appeared to be forcing voters to choose between the competing events to learn more about the candidates, which is the presumed goal of town halls.
And the anger for many seems to be focused on a lack of respect for the democratic process.
Here's what some are saying:
THIS IS HOW the media plays trumps game & I’m sick & tired of it. I will be watching @ABC. trump refused to take p… https://t.co/yJV2FUMwIu— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@Rabbi Jill Zimmerman)1602685748.0
NBC News @NBCNews Shame on you! It was Trump who cancelled on scheduled debate. You KNOW this. If you broadcast ag… https://t.co/dmhORJKEU2— Tomi T Ahonen (@Tomi T Ahonen)1602676952.0
#BoycottNBC is the top trending topic and they earned it. NBC could've scheduled its town hall with Trump LITERALLY… https://t.co/PddVV58Vbf— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1602679936.0
@NBCNews You and the president clearly have a lot in common: You are driven entirely by money. There is no other ex… https://t.co/RIqSFiqYyr— Donna Arbogast (@Donna Arbogast)1602675273.0
This is exactly how Trump won the election, media outlets hungry for audience happily giving a white supremacist a… https://t.co/KAP47hBc2j— Frederick Joseph (@Frederick Joseph)1602679437.0
Hear hear. NBC & MSNBC. You are REWARDING Trump for canceling debate. If you use same time slot as Biden Town Hal… https://t.co/03LF6y1rjO— Tomi T Ahonen (@Tomi T Ahonen)1602677197.0
So NBC is rewarding trump's lack of sense by giving him a town hall at the SAME TIME as Joe Biden's town hall on AB… https://t.co/8f5cSQsTSD— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1602678524.0
WTF?? Can I ever wake up and there's no shit to deal with???🤷🏾♀️ So...@nbc is still playing games with our democra… https://t.co/xHwHFOXaGy— Daphne L Portis🌊✈🇺🇸 (@Daphne L Portis🌊✈🇺🇸)1602681878.0
@funder Why are they letting the trump propaganda hour air at the same time as Joe? It's unconscionable. #BoycottNBC— Biden🇺🇲Harris! MaskUp 😷 (@Biden🇺🇲Harris! MaskUp 😷)1602680024.0
So NBC I’ve been a faithful watcher (for some time) of your news network, but @nbc this is a new low. I will be boy… https://t.co/8UaVjzKc30— Mel 🌊🌊 (@Mel 🌊🌊)1602686391.0
NBC is wrong for this. There’s no reason to schedule Trump’s town hall during the same time slot as Biden’s, unles… https://t.co/uJYmJdZNny— ✨✨June✨✨ (@✨✨June✨✨)1602678677.0
I will be watching Joe Biden's town hall on @ABC. It looks like I will be getting my election news from CNN from no… https://t.co/SFEMcMMy2D— Liz says wear your mask! (@Liz says wear your mask!)1602674516.0
I'm sorry Rachel Maddow & Nicolle Wallace, but we must break up now. It's not you, It's not me. It's your network. #BoycottNBC— Women SCARE Trump🏳️🌈🏴☠️ (@Women SCARE Trump🏳️🌈🏴☠️)1602678624.0
2016: Trump hosts #SNL on NBC Matt Lauer gives Trump softball questions at #CommanderInChief forum, while attack… https://t.co/FKBq0Kz8cK— The Daily Edge (@The Daily Edge)1602680141.0
We all need to #BoycottNBC & #BoycottMSNBC for giving Trump a soapbox to lie from. It’s bad enough that they broadc… https://t.co/ujAp39y4uW— Trump for GA Senate (@Trump for GA Senate)1602677919.0
R.I.P. NBC The National Broadcasting Company died suddenly in 2020 after committing commercial suicide rewarding D… https://t.co/LZN1b8iFpz— Tomi T Ahonen (@Tomi T Ahonen)1602679932.0
@yashar It's encouraging that talent & staff at NBC, MSNBC, & CNBC realize what an assault on democracy it is for N… https://t.co/8du9CoUrfD— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew)1602686809.0