I was just watching NBC's town hall interview with Donald Trump, and was very distracted by a lady sat behind him who kept nodding ferociously whenever he spoke and shook her head whenever he was asked a question. This all seemed very unnatural, very exaggerated, while the other guests seemed very neutral in comparison.
Apparently many people noticed this before me, and it has quickly become clear who she is, that she was very keen on showing herself on social media meeting the president afterwards, and that he did not seem to really know who she is.
This raises the question: who invites the people to be guests on this (kind of) show/debate, and who does the seats arrangements. It might seem trivial but there could be much larger (than TV) forces at work here. It's this particular guest that raised my interest but there very well could have been many more before her.
Like I said this is all over the internet, but the closest I got to an answer to the question is on the site of the Miami Herald: "A spokesperson for NBC did not respond to a request for comment on whether or not the network determined who could attend the event."
I don't expect to get a definitive answer here, but does anyone have any clue about how this would work? Who gets to decide who are there and where they sit?
Because although this was IMHO laughably overdone, even then, or if done in a more subtle way, it could really influence the (hundreds of millions of) people who watch this.