And nobody’s happy about it.
Courtesy of NYT:
NBC was battered with criticism on Wednesday after it announced plans for a Thursday town hall event with President Trump to air opposite an already-scheduled ABC forum with his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Top Democrats, media pundits and many journalists inside NBC and MSNBC were taken aback by the network’s choice of the 8 p.m. Eastern time slot, which will make it impossible for Americans to watch both candidates live.
“The point of a news organization is to serve the public,” Vivian Schiller, a former executive at NBC, Twitter and National Public Radio, wrote on Twitter. “This is the opposite.”
Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden were originally scheduled to face off on Thursday in Miami at a formal debate — until last week, when Mr. Trump abruptly withdrew after the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to stage the event virtually over concerns that Mr. Trump could still be contagious with the coronavirus.
Mr. Biden quickly arranged his own telecast with ABC, prompting Mr. Trump’s campaign to seek its own event that evening. After a lengthy negotiation — NBC wanted proof that the president would not pose a health risk, which it received only on Tuesday — the network announced its plans Wednesday morning.
Several people familiar with internal discussions described the network’s thinking, requesting anonymity to share private conversations.
Mr. Trump’s town hall event will be patterned after a similar Biden forum that NBC hosted on Oct. 5, the people said. It will be held at the same outdoor Miami location, with the same format that features questions from Florida voters — and the same 8 p.m. time slot.
This is bullshit, Trump bailed on the debate and should not be allowed a do-over.
And Biden had his time and place picked out well ahead of Trump so this is just a blatant attempt by Trump to steal Biden’s thunder.
And the problem is that Trump’s town hall will likely draw more viewers who are curious about his health and looking to see some of that batshit crazy we have all come to expect.
That will undermine Biden’s efforts to get his message out, which of course is Trump’s whole point here.