As Twitchy reported Saturday, the Pete Buttigieg campaign put out a statement explaining why Buttigieg had agreed to do a town hall on Fox News Sunday night. Buttigieg made it clear to his supporters that “I strongly condemn the voices on Fox,” as “their goal is to spread fear and lies.” That being made clear, he appeared on Fox News and drew huge numbers.
Pete Buttigieg's presidential candidate town hall with Fox News on Sunday had almost double the viewers of CNN's town hall with him. The town hall also had more viewers than "CNN Newsroom" and "Kasie DC" combined during the same hour.https://t.co/YS5xzIwEqb
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 20, 2019
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 20, 2019
Wait, back up a bit. Did Julio Rosas say Buttigieg’s town hall on Fox News had almost double the views of CNN’s town hall? Maybe that’s something CNN’s Brian Stelter ought to take into consideration after doing some concern-trolling for Buttigieg as his event was starting.
Here's a question — Buttigieg has one answer to it, Warren has a different answer — does one hour on Fox really make a difference on a network that's anti-Dem every single day every morning & every night?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 20, 2019
Twice the viewers.
This is pretty amazing and goes to show the reach that Fox News has. There are some very legitimate criticisms of FN but the Dem candidates ignoring the network would be a mistake.
— Ken Adams (@Elohssa412) May 20, 2019
How many voters heard Pete at length for the 1st time, became supporters? They'll watch him now & get their info about him & Dem issues FROM him, will be less likely to fall for smears, will talk to their friends about him, etc. He's campaigning & reaching out in new territory!
— kate sheridan (@kate_sheridan) May 20, 2019
I watch Fox. The only news outlet available that doesn’t bash conservatism 24/7. The only news outlet where an expert panel includes those from both sides of the aisle. Whose most recent hire is well known Dem Donna Brazil. Yes, Fox News viewers are interested.
— Chief (@RealInquisitive) May 20, 2019
I think buttigieg is trying to make sure to get all the air time he can. He is new and his name recognition is no where close to that of Warren. I think every minute of coverage he gets makes a difference to be honest.
— Lisa G (@entropycat88) May 20, 2019
It's about reach. FOX has 3 times the viewers in primetime. He can't win if the only people who hear him speak are those watching CNN in airports.
— Huggamuggah (@huggamuggah) May 20, 2019
I'm not a Fox viewer but I watched the interview and I gained respect for Chris Wallace and @PeteButtigieg So it was a win win
— Genie Webster (@geniewebster) May 20, 2019
Buttigieg got a standing ovation.
Are they really going to vote for Trump come election time if they gave this young mayor that big a stamp of approval?
— Julie Jorgensen (@JulieJorgense14) May 20, 2019
There are viewers not happy with Trump who are looking for alternatives
— CJ (@CherrieBomb26) May 20, 2019
one answer: it may. Touch one person, they in turn touch 3 more. Some call that viral; it’s a proven path to momentum, and to victory.
— Dennis Herring (@dcherring) May 20, 2019
If it makes a difference to one voter, it’s worth him being there
— JaybirdNYC (@JByrdInNYC) May 20, 2019
— chisoxjules56 (@chisoxjules56) May 20, 2019
One hour on Fox makes more of a difference than zero hours of viewers and voters hearing directly from you.
— Mikey-Mike?️? (@NovaHellion) May 20, 2019
I thought he was super impressive tonight. I don't see how it could hurt. I don't really understand the narrative of how it helps Fox. It's not like they're going to pick up liberal viewers as a result.
— Pano Kalapodas (@brlfvr) May 20, 2019
I think there is a chance to sway a viewer…the same way some ardent Obama supporters voted for trump.
— Common Sense (@getmebadges) May 20, 2019
Yes. You can't preach to the choir and expect to convert any one
— Stacy Hislop (@Stacyleehislop) May 20, 2019
You're stereotyping that every Fox viewer leans hard to the right and will never change their opinions. I don't agree with Warren's opinion not to do one. Give them a chance, on their turf, to hear different views or run the risk of the divide growing that much deeper.
— Beavis (@Cornholio44) May 20, 2019
Yes! For those fox viewers that are wavering on Trump, they may see that there is an intelligent option for 2020…
— Jennifer Fugel (@jenniferfugel) May 20, 2019
Fox asks more probing questions than CNN. I’d say Fox fleshes out the policy differences better.
— Tim Stoner (@timothystoner) May 20, 2019
Yes they should go on. When I travel in the States everywhere I go the TVs are on Fox News, not CNN or MSNBC. Let people judge for themselves.
— pat schwenk (@patschwenk2) May 20, 2019
It’s shows they’re not petty, Brian.
— Common Sense (@Not__Offended) May 20, 2019
‘I strongly condemn the voices on Fox,’ says Pete Buttigieg, who’ll be doing a town hall on Fox https://t.co/ROAPcKClmG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 19, 2019