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Sanders Will Attend Fox News Town Hall Despite DNC Ban

Sanders Will Attend Fox News Town Hall Despite DNC Ban

If it tops the ratings, will the DNC rescind its ban on Fox News from hosting a Democrat primary debate?

The Democrat National Committee (DNC) recently banned Fox News from hosting Democrat primary debates, but that won’t stop candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders from appearing on the network.

Fox News announced the network will host a town hall with the self-proclaimed socialist on April 15 (tax day).

The ban by the DNC did not include individual candidates from appearing on the network.

Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, two of the most respected news people in the business, will co-anchor the town hall.

This is a smart move by Sanders. Venturing into enemy territory carries risks, but it provides him an opportunity to expand his audience and reach more people.

That’s not the only reason. It’s smart to include Fox News because the ratings for the station remains on top. On Monday, March 18, MSNBC hosted a town hall for candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand while CNN hosted one for candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Ratings showed that Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity beat out both town halls that night. From The Daily Caller:

Carlson more than doubled the MSNBC town hall with Gillibrand, both in total viewers with approximately 3.1 million viewers tuning in, and with 570,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. Gillibrand’s town hall, by comparison, garnered only 1.2 million viewers and 224,000 in the key age range.

Then, at 9 p.m. EST, CNN hosted a town hall with Warren in Mississippi, which was moderated by Jake Tapper. Warren’s town hall drew even fewer viewers than her presidential opponent, with only 1.09 million viewers watching. CNN and Warren did manage to barely beat out MSNBC and Gillibrand in the target audience, with 273,000 people aged 25-54 tuning in.

Like Carlson, Hannity’s show on Monday night more than doubled Warren in total audience, with 2.9 million viewers and 494,000 in the 25-54 target audience.

The first quarter ratings show Fox News at number one again, even though MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow barely topped Hannity in the 25-54 demo. From Deadline:

In the vital and extremely competitive primetime hours, Fox had 2.4 million sets of eyeballs watching and 421,000 in the news demo to MSNC’s 1.9 million and 333, 000 and CNN’s 1.05 million and 308,000 among the 25-54s. In a lineup of Laura Ingraham, first time March topper Tucker Carlson, and Hannity, that’s actually an indifferent 1% dip from the same quarter last year in total viewers and a 15% decline in the demo. WarnerMedia-owned CNN and Comcast-owned MSNBC were up 7% and 3% respectively in their primetime overall numbers and down 10% and a hard 18% in the news demo.

In that total viewer slot, Hannity was number one in the quarter with 3.12 million watching to Maddow’s 3.05 million. With the rest of the top five most watched and highest rated cable news show for the quarter belonging to FNC, not a single CNN program made that top tier cut. Slightly less impressive that than 69 quarters in a row most watched award, FNC is now the highest rated cable newser among the 25-54s for the 44th consecutive quarter.

Overall, Fox News averaged 1.4 million total viewers and 252,000 in the demo over total day. The Murdochs got some other quarterly good news today in the news department with Fox Business Network scoring its 10th consecutive most watched win over once unbeatable CNBC. To get into the numbers, FBN had 189,000 viewers during the business day to CNBC’s 184,000 – a 3% advantage. Among the 25-54 demo of eager investors and others, CNBC was in first place with 34,000 to FBN’s 20,000 during the hours the U.S. markets are open.

Sanders went to a Fox News town hall in 2016 with his primary opponent Hillary Clinton. That town hall drew in 2.6 million viewers, which beat out CNN and MSNBC. The network ran the town hall again at 11PM ET and 1.6 million people watched that.

In total, 3.7 million people watched it with 873,000 in the 25-54 demo.

I bet this town hall will crush CNN and MSNBC in the ratings. Sanders is at the top of the polls along with Vice President Joe Biden. He has also dominated his opponents in fundraising. His campaign has raised $18 million in 41 days.


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I know why Bernie, the INDEPENDENT (who always acts like a Democrat), is running for the DNC nomination, but I have to ask why do they even allow him to?
He “registered” as a Democrat for the last failed run, then reverted back to Independent right after.
To me, shouldn’t the person who runs for the nomination be a real member of the party he or she is running for? After all, they are running under that party to represent that party and their views. If, as in the case with Uncle Pull My Finger Bernie, he only joins the party to run, as that is where the votes are, how can he truly represent the party and the party platform?

Part of what people vote for, and in some cases the only thing they vote for, is the party platform. If the party isn’t good enough to be a member of during his Senate career, why is it good enough now? Shouldn’t that be a disqualifier?

It is something that was definitely brought up, especially by the Anti-Trumpers, about Trump, even though he was registered as a Republican. The concern, with some validity, was Trump contributing to Democrats, and him not representing the Republican platform.

It is certainly dishonest for both of his actions. Why isn’t this a major issue for him? Shouldn’t it be? He is of course allowed to do this by the leftists because they probably have the fix in already for who will get the nomination, and it won’t be him, but it’s also to make sure he doesn’t split the leftist votes like Perot did.

Frankly, he looks like a pervert uncle who you never want to leave your children alone with, and he is dishonest with his pandering for votes. It’s frightening that the leftist voters seem to be placing him as the leading candidate. And with the packed field they have, he and Biden are the only two viable candidates according to the percentages of support they have. That is the start of why Biden was targeted now, next will be Bernie, but the Bernie Botts worry the DNC.

I still can’t believe any American voters would vote for an admitted Socialist. Don’t the know the history of socialism, and how it usually leads to loss of freedom? Do they admire China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea for their socialist governments?

    Olinser in reply to OldProf2. | April 3, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    No, they DON’T know the history of socialism.

    A majority of graduated high school students can’t even name the 3 branches of government. Britain just decided to remove non-digital clocks from their school exam halls because students can’t tell time on them.

    They have a VAGUE IDEA of what socialism is – ‘everything is fair and awesome and those evil corporations and rich people pay their FAIR SHARE’. Who wouldn’t want that?

    Yes, they really are THAT IGNORANT about what they are demanding.

      snopercod in reply to Olinser. | April 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      One thing we can count on is that Bret Baier won’t ask Bernie any uncomfortable questions about socialism.

      CDR D in reply to Olinser. | April 3, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      True. They don’t know the history of socialism. Even with the disaster of Venezuela unfolding in front of them, they think they’ll get it right this time. As Kipling wrote a hundred years ago…”the burnt fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the fire”. Be prepared to fight them if you don’t want their jackboots smashing your face. Socialism has to imposed by violence. Act accordingly.

      2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to Olinser. | April 3, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      The last one I took the time to argue with informed me Venezuala was an island nation with no natural resources and had always been impoverished….. slapping him down was like putting down a seriously injured stray dog.

If the ratings are good, I’ll bet the other networks will be red with envy.

stevewhitemd | April 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm

I think it would be great if the DNC would let Fox host one such debate. As moderators I suggest Laura Ingraham, Dana Loesch, Jason Chaffetz, and/or Kurt Schlichter.

I don’t know the debates would go but it would be comedy GOLD.

As crazy as Old Bernie is, he is one of the more rational 2020 Dem candidates.

    oldgoat36 in reply to bw222. | April 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Pretty low bar to climb over there…
    Of course the National Socialist party will lie about socialism, they bring up streets and communities being socialist policy, while that is nothing close to their goals.

    Sanders is already having some troubles brewing from his wife’s college dealings, and while it’s being brushed over right now, it is a building block for what is to come. He will be taken out or forced to step aside.

    The left wants the fruitcakes in. At the very least it will be someone of color, as white are not really in favor in that party anymore. Their dream is a woman of color. And fake reddish tone skin won’t cut it.

Any bets on whether the word “Venezuela” will be mentioned?

The DNC denied the vote to Sanders. It seems that Fox is open to hearing his voice.

regulus arcturus | April 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Won’t happen.

Bernie backs out next week, if not sooner.

Bernie’s loyalists still haven’t figured out he’s using their money for his campaign. I just hope if he wins there is no lube available for his supporters.
You can’t fix stupid, and his fans are beyond fixing.

Meme I saw recently – Bernie 1st picture “I sold all my houses to feed the poor”.
Bernie 2nd picture – “LOL, April Fools”.

I wonder what Lee Oswald would have to say about Bernie.