Biden Loses Spotlight to Obama

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On the eve of the 2020 election, CNN and MSNBC cut away from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to cover former president Barack Obama’s last pitch to voters in Miami.

MSNBC broadcast Biden’s speech to supporters in Pittsburgh for less than two minutes before choosing to split the screen between him and Obama. The network then continued to broadcast Biden’s speech for three more minutes before switching entirely to Obama’s, which they covered for its duration.

CNN covered Biden’s speech for a little less than 10 minutes before cutting to a commercial break and returning afterward with Obama’s remarks in Miami, eventually covering Obama for twice as much time as Biden. Shortly before Obama finished his remarks, CNN switched once more to President Donald Trump’s rally in Traverse City, Mich.