NBC was sharply criticized for giving President Trump a free hour opposite ABC's previously scheduled town hall with Joe Biden. Thanks in part to tough questioning by Savannah Guthrie, now at least some of NBC's critics concede that it may have been a good move.

The New York Post published a highly questionable story alleging corrupt dealings in Ukraine by the Biden family. Twitter and Facebook called it misinformation and restricted users ability to share the story.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project is facing criticism for not being forthright in addressing factual errors. This follows difficult questions about how vigorously the Times vetted the central figure in its ‘Caliphate’ podcast. Does the Times have a larger problem of placing provocative narratives over factual rigor, and does the paper need to bring back its public editor?

Rants & Raves: 10/16/20: The panel reviews the week in media.

On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Callie Crossley of GBH News, former CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian, Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University, and Lylah Alphonse, formerly of U.S. News and World Report.