A peculiar thing occurred in American politics last week, but perhaps it shouldn’t be seen as such an outlier.
In a move that shocked many, including President Trump, Bernie Sanders had an amicable and poignant “Presidential Town Hall” on Fox News. Given the wild biases of the mainstream media, particularly when it comes to the far-left leaning democratic socialist from Vermont, many assumed that Sanders’ appearance on Fox would have been a bloodbath.
Quite to the contrary, however, Sanders received a decidedly warm reception, even eliciting a hearty cheer from the crowd when explaining his “Medicare for all” wishes.
Perhaps the nation truly is suffering from Obamacare in ways that many of us may have predicted.
This sort of open-minded political positioning has become rare these days, thanks to the inflammatory practices of the mainstream media. Fox’s gambling on Bernie paid off big-time, however, and the event has now received a full page advertisement in The Washington Post proclaiming its success.
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) April 18, 2019
The numbers were simply incredible:
The ad comes three days after nearly 2.6 million viewers tuned into Fox News’s town hall with Sanders on Monday night, making it the most-watched town hall of this campaign cycle so far, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The live event, co-moderated by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum, also delivered 489,000 viewers in the 25- to 54-year-old age bracket that many advertisers cater to.
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, provided Fox News with a considerable ratings bump compared to the same day last year. The network saw an increase of 24 percent in total viewers and 40 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic.
It certainly stands to reason that a great many of these viewers were tuning in in order to size up Sanders, who at this time appears to be the likely opponent for Donald Trump come 2020.
Even so, this willingness to engage productively in politics is something that many believed was waning in America in 2019, and could be seen as a positive sign moving forward.
Now just imagine what these numbers will look like when Trump takes the stage…Fox or not.