The network, which has been vociferously opposed to Donald Trump, announced on Wednesday that the president will take part in an NBC News town hall event in Miami on Thursday.
NBC News will host a town hall with Republican presidential nominee President Donald Trump tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET in Miami.
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— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) October 14, 2020
This news ruffled quite a few feathers online, particularly given the fact it will happen at exactly the same time as the Democratic challenger’s own separate town hall, which will air on ABC, inevitably setting up a ratings war.
Trump’s critics derided the network for “rewarding” him with a “platform” after he had earlier decided to skip a virtual debate with Biden.
NBC’s mostly liberal viewership were outraged that the network could put the president’s town hall in direct competition with Biden’s – and were quick to air their dissent.
“It looks like I will be getting my election news from CNN from now on,” tweeted a user going by the Twitter handle ‘Liz is for Hillary’.
The network’s fans-turned-critics launched the hashtag #BoycottNBC, calling on viewers to switch channel.
The National Broadcasting Company died suddenly in 2020 after committing commercial suicide rewarding Donald Trump for canceling on a scheduled Presidential debate. At its peak NBC was known for stars like Johnny Carson & Tom Brokaw. There were no mourners#BoycottNBC pic.twitter.com/vheaQ4PHZ8
— Tomi T Ahonen Boycott NBC (@tomiahonen) October 14, 2020
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 ABC.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) October 14, 2020
— Liz has a plan to vote (@Liz_is4Hillary) October 14, 2020
Outrageous that you’re giving him this platform after he cowardly backed out of the debate. #BoycottNBC
— janefriesen (@janefriesen) October 14, 2020
Others dug through NBC’s backlog, trying to highlight the network’s history of supposed malpractice in providing the president with media coverage. Unsurprisingly, Trump’s notorious 2015 hosting of ‘Saturday Night Live’ featured a lot.
— Mitch Fallon (@mitchdfallon) October 14, 2020
US conservatives, however, seemingly “couldn’t wait” to watch a solo Trump event without Biden plugged into it.
Oh I cannot wait to see what the President will expand on the accomplishments he already has done for America. Without interruption from a man who has zero and only platform is degrade the President..Thanks NBC!
— katherine large (@katherinelarge2) October 14, 2020
The second presidential debate was canceled after Trump refused to participate virtually and Biden refused to push back dates for an in-person event. The doomed virtual-format change was decided on by the Commission on Presidential Debates after the commander-in-chief tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.
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