Perspectives: Biden and Trump’s ‘Dueling’ Town Halls

Headline Roundup October 15th, 2020

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden are set to attend separate town halls Thursday night, hosted simultaneously at 8 p.m. ET by NBC News and ABC News, respectively. The town halls come after Trump refused to attend the originally planned virtual debate, prompting Biden to independently schedule a town hall with ABC. Trump later scheduled a competing town hall with NBC, sparking a backlash from many NBC journalists. Biden's town hall will be moderated by ABC's George Stephanopoulos, and Trump's town hall will be moderated by NBC's Savannah Guthrie.

Most voices discussing the town halls came from left-rated outlets, with voices in right-rated outlets mostly occupied by the Amy Coney Barrett hearings and social media platforms’ approach to the New York Post’s Hunter Biden report. Voices on all sides referred to the town halls as “dueling,” with voices in left-rated outlets criticizing NBC’s decision to host Trump’s town hall.

Perspectives: Biden and Trump’s ‘Dueling’ Town Halls

From the Left
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OPINION

What's worse: no presidential debate at all or separate and unequal events staged at exactly the same time with a media outlet putting both thumbs on the scale to favor one candidate over the other?

We will probably find out Thursday night. NBC's recent decision to stage a town hall with President Donald Trump at the exact time of the already scheduled town hall on ABC with Joe Biden is the latest example of a media organization ignoring the best interests of the voting public in favor of its own.
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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will compete for the attention of millions of Americans on Thursday night in dueling televised town halls, with Trump’s representing one of his few remaining opportunities to make his case to voters ahead of Election Day.

The competing town halls will be held in lieu of the second presidential debate, which was scrapped last week after Trump objected to plans — put in place over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and the president’s personal battle with COVID-19 — to hold the event...

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

The second presidential debate may be canceled, but there will still be plenty of political fireworks on Thursday night.

Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in dueling town halls that are airing on rival news networks at the exact same time.

Biden will participate in a 90-minute Philadelphia town hall moderated by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, which has been scheduled since last week.

But NBC dropped a bombshell on Wednesday, announcing that Trump will also field questions from voters...

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