Savannah Guthrie, President Donald Trump's City Hall host, received high praise from fellow journalists after her performance on Thursday evening.
Critics were widespread prior to the event at the town hall but appear to have been influenced by their efforts.
CNN media analyst Bill Carter punished NBC City Hall earlier this week as "a disservice to the voters" while Joy Behar, co-host of The View, claimed the network was "all in for Trump".
However, many seemed convinced of Guthrie's achievement.
What could have changed the mind of the mainstream media?
Laura Ingraham says Savannah Guthrie was an angry liberal hacker, and the president did a strong, confident and very personable performance. Pic.twitter.com/NPBB3j5Znq
– Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 16, 2020
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Savannah Guthrie receives high marks from her liberal media peers
It wasn't long before Guthrie converted the left-wing doubters and naysayers as she repeatedly interrupted the president and forgot what the moderator role meant.
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The town hall, where the president is supposed to interact with people, quickly became a circus.
Biden's liberal media supporters loved the show.
"One of the best moments in Savannah Guthrie's career," writes CNN's Brian Stelter.
CNN executive producer Lisa Mirando agreed, saying it was a "job well done."
Well done by Savannah Guthrie https://t.co/ZX7l4vnek4
– Lisa Mirando (@LisaMirandoCNN) October 16, 2020
Kathryn Watson, a reporter for the CBS News White House, could hardly suppress her delight at Guthrie's appearance.
Who welcomed Trump better than Savannah Guthrie?
– Kathryn Watson (@ kathrynw5) October 16, 2020
Senior Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake described her performance as "masterclass" and compared it to previous interviews with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
Savannah Guthrie is hosting a master class. Have factual checks ready. Do not allow lengthy filibusters. Sharp questions that come in on a regular basis to improve the record and keep things focused.
Very similar to Wallace / Swan interviews.
– Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 16, 2020
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Guthrie's goal in town hall – fighting Trump at every turn
Gone are the days when debate or town hall moderators were expected to try impartially to extract information for voters.
Guthrie's only goal last night was to fight President Trump at every turn.
One of her efforts in the “master class” was to demand that the president reject white supremacists, which he has done again and again.
President @realDonaldTrump: “Are you listening? I condemn white supremacy. "
Savannah Guthrie: "Sometimes you feel like you are reluctant to do this …"
These people are not serious. pic.twitter.com/lQVmHnieRh
– Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 16, 2020
"It feels like you're hesitant about doing this at times," suggested Guthrie after denouncing it three times in the past 30 seconds.
The reality is that Trump got a debate last night – it just wasn't against Biden.
"Although the commission canceled the personal debate that could have taken place tonight, one took place anyway," Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
"President Trump defeated NBC's Savannah Guthrie in her role as anti-debate and Joe Biden deputy," Murtaugh continued. "President Trump handled Guthrie's attacks masterfully, interacting warmly and effectively with the voters in the room."
CNN commentator Scott Jennings even came to a similar conclusion.
"Trump went from the debate on Biden to Guthrie!" he tweeted. "I'm not sure if this is good or bad yet … but he's definitely debating tonight."
Trump went from the debate on Biden to Guthrie! I'm not sure yet if this is good or bad … but he's definitely debating tonight.
– Scott Jennings + (@ScottJenningsKY) October 16, 2020
"Guthrie argued a lot," writes Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center. "This is exactly what the press and NBC staff have asked for."
No wonder they are happy with her today.