October 16, 2020

THE ACT OF SPEAKING IS A BACKFIRE:

Trump's town hall stunt backfires: NBC's Savannah Guthrie gives him the grilling voters wouldn't (SOPHIA TESFAYE, OCTOBER 16, 2020, Salon)

A sweaty and often out of breath Trump floundered on his stool under the bright studio lights and accompanying Miami weather Thursday night. While he looked almost suspiciously triumphant over his recent COVID diagnosis, a relentless grilling from moderator Savannah Guthrie certainly didn't do him any favors -- at least outside of his already secured base whose Pavlovian disgust for the media was undoubtedly reinvigorated. 

Guthrie's past experience working with disgraced "Today" show host Matt Lauer may have prepared her well for managing a most unruly Trump. More than merely moderating questions from would-be voters in the audience, Guthrie was quick to offer relevant follow-ups and fact checks. She was often able to pin down the president's familiar pattern of interrupting the preamble to a question, talking about whatever he wants, pretending the interviewer is interrupting him when she tries to finish, then moving on to the next question. She was prepared and pointed, delivering the grilling I suspect many anti-Trump voters found reassuring. 

The hilarious meme on the Right is that, by comparison, Uncle Joe seemed like Mister Rogers.  They apparently think that's a dig.
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