On Wednesday, Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann spoke out on “Today” about the viral video stand-off. Thursday, Nathan Phillips got his turn.
Anchor Savannah Guthrie was heavily scrutinized on social media after interviewing the 16-year-old junior, and she didn’t fare much better on Thursday, sparking outrage from some viewers who were – again – disappointed with her coverage.
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Phillips on Thursday said he stopped watching Guthrie’s interview with Sandmann, citing “insincerity” on the adolescent’s part.
Her interview with Phillips did not go over much better among some Twitter users, who suggested she wasn’t asking tough questions.
“I’m saddened after watching the interview with Nathan Phillips and Savannah. It was so soft and made him look the victim which is not the case,” one “Today” viewer wrote.
Several watchers argued that Guthrie was more direct during her Wednesday segment with Sandmann.
“Savannah why don’t you treat Nathan Phillips as pointedly as you did the kid yesterday,” one user mused.
Another chimed in: “Savannah Guthrie should have went after (Phillips) like she did with Nick Sandmann.”
Another fan took issue with the fact that the morning show was following the controversy at all: “As much as I love the Today show, I could not be more embarrassed for Savannah & the network trying to make the Nathan Phillips confrontation a story.”
Others suggested her interview with Phillips did not balance out Wednesday’s chat with Sandmann.
“Just because you gave Nathan a chance to speak does not change the mess you made yesterday Savannah,” one viewer argued.
On Wednesday, Guthrie and NBC’s morning program were knocked for giving Sandmann a platform and the fact that Guthrie, a white woman, interviewed him.
The Native American elder seen face-to-face with Covington Catholic High School students sparked national debate over the weekend.
Longer footage of the encounter emerged Sunday, showing a group of Black Hebrew Israelites harassing the students before Phillips intervened, raising questions about who initiated the Friday dust-up at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. Threats followed to the students and the school itself, prompting classes to be cancelled on Tuesday amid safety concerns.
Contributing: Ashley Shaffer