Trump Holds Town Hall with Undecided Voters; Media Coverage Differs

Headline Roundup September 16th, 2020

President Donald Trump held a town hall with undecided voters on ABC News Tuesday. Moderated by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, Trump took questions directly from the socially-distanced crowd in battleground state Pennsylvania. A wide range of topics were covered during the event, including the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, public attitude toward coronavirus public health measures, the economy and stock market, immigration and healthcare.

Coverage from left-rated outlets tended to focus on Trump's claims that he "up-played" the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his "herd mentality" remarks. Reports from many left- and center-rated outlets framed the event as a "challenge" and compared it to the "friendly" environment Trump purportedly received on Fox News, where he frequently appears. Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of Trump's responses, and his remarks about his accomplishments while in office.

Trump Holds Town Hall with Undecided Voters; Media Coverage Differs

From the Center
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PHILADELPHIA – President Donald Trump denied downplaying the threat from coronavirus, telling a town hall on Tuesday that he "up played it" despite his assertion in a recorded interview this year that he "wanted to always play it down."

Trump made the remarks during a 90-minute town hall hosted by ABC News in the must win battleground of Pennsylvania, an event that served as something of a preview for the presidential debates that are set to begin later this month.

"Well, I didn't downplay it. I actually, in many...

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ANALYSIS

As the 2020 Tour de France comes to its final stages, I thought I would use some cycling metaphors to assess the town hall meeting ABC News held with President Donald Trump, seven weeks ahead of Election Day.

The Tour is one of the most grueling and difficult sporting events in the world, and is often described as a "team sport with an individual winner." the same is true of presidential campaigns. They are incredibly grueling, politically, and there is one winner declared after Election Day. But in order to...

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From the Right
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President Donald Trump defended his presidential behavior while speaking to undecided voters in Pennsylvania during ABC’s town hall event Tuesday evening, moderated by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“So, I’m fighting a battle. It’s a big battlefield and I have a lot of forces against me,” Trump said, according to ABC News. “Sometimes you don’t have time to be totally, as you would say presidential — you have to get things done.”

Trump went on to tout his record, noting he’s appointed more than 200 federal judges and two...

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