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Analysis: Savannah Guthrie's questions at NBC's town hall exposed Trump's warped information diet

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Whenever President Trump ventures off Fox and gives an interview on another major network, something is instantly apparent: His information diet.

It was obvious during his Thursday night town hall on NBC, when Savannah Guthrie repeatedly pointed out that he was misinformed.

During and after the town hall, she was widely praised in journalism circles for prodding Trump with followups and pushing back at his distortions.

More on Guthrie's questions below, but I want to zoom in on Trump's answers first. . .

But the host doubled down on Wednesday night, and Trump brought it up several times on Thursday, including at the town hall.

That's how it always goes with Trump: "What I heard" and "what I saw. " He brought up the 85% figure again a little bit later, and Guthrie was ready: "I looked at that report, it's not about mask wearing, it was neutral on the question of masks. "

Oliver Darcy writes: "A good barometer for judging a Trump interview is whether the anchor asks the president the questions and follow ups on the minds of voters sitting at home and watching.

>> NYT's Annie Karni: "Savannah Guthrie spent most of the NBC News town hall tearing into President Trump with a series of quick-paced, conversational questions that managed to put the president on the spot and successfully reveal his evasions in a way that few of his interlocutors have managed. . . "

>> Bloomberg's Ryan Teague Beckwith: "I just switched over from the Trump to Biden town halls and it's like switching from 'Ancient Aliens' to PBS NewsHour. "

-- Jeremy Barr's headline for WaPo afterward: "Savannah Guthrie grilled Trump like few others have, taking the heat off NBC for its town hall. . . "

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