How Savannah Guthrie Helped Salvage NBC’s Risky Bet on Town Hall

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As written in the youtube page by Claim News: Executives at NBCUniversal, NBC News and the NBC broadcast network are not-so-quietly thanking an employee who has only limited command over the Comcast-owned company’s corporate direction: Savannah Guthrie.  Guthrie’s handling of President Donald Trump during a town-hall broadcast organized in last-minute fashion by NBC News helped blunt waves of criticism of the media conglomerate, which scheduled the event directly opposite one with Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic challenger, on ABC News. “Perhaps the execs at NBC — or Guthrie herself — realized how disciplined they would need to be to justify giving airtime to Trump after he violated even more democratic norms by rejecting the rules of the Commission on Presidential Debates,” says Dannagal Young, an associate professor at the University of Delaware who studies political media.    Guthrie’s mode of questioning kept Trump pinned. “You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who just retweets whatever,” she said, quizzing him on why he posts conspiracy theories on Twitter. “You have said repeatedly the only way we lose this election is if it is rigged. Now that is simply not true,” she told him when asking him about the coming election. “The fact is either candidate can lose fair and square without valid fraud. So will you accept the results of the election?”  NBCUniversal had a lot on the line Thursday night. Broadcast networks like NBC, CBS and ABC try to create programs aimed at drawing the biggest audience possible. But NBC’s decision earlier this week to schedule that town hall opposite ABC’s sparked backlash from critics, who asked why the company known for capturing large viewing crowds with “Sunday Night Football” and “This Is Us” would work instead to split interested voters into two different assemblages.  Guthrie’s ability to hold Trump to account for most of the evening, keep him to relatively short responses and pepper him with questions and follow-ups pertaining to white supremacy, QAnon, his taxes and the coronavirus served “as a sort of vaccine, if you will, for the network,” says Frank Sesno, director of strategic initiatives at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, and a former chief of CNN’s Washington Bureau. The “Today” co-anchor was “persistent but not obnoxious, and that was an approach that had value for people who care about this, which should be most everybody,” Sesno added.  Few TV journalists have been able to keep President Trump, who loves to interrupt his questioners, deflect their queries and inject any number of unproven or poorly sourced theories into a conversation, on track. NBC’s Lester Holt, during a 2017 interview early in Trump’s White House tenure, managed to spur the president to tie his decision to fire FBI director James Comey to a probe into Russian election meddling, a sign that the dismissal was sparked by his desire to evade investigation. Axios’ Jonathan Swan in August of this year pressed Trump on

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