Media Matters for America has done some tracking of the cable news coverage given to CNN’s seven-hour-long climate crisis town hall with 10 Democratic candidates for president, and it looks like Fox News came out ahead.
As we reported, CNN’s marathon town hall didn’t exactly light up the ratings; Fox News still managed to double CNN’s audience:
Early Nielsen numbers from last night are in from 5-12 pm during CNN “climate crisis” town hall: Fox News: 2.5M total/418K demo MSNBC: 1.7M total/246K demo
CNN: 1.1M total/265K demo
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 5, 2019
But when it comes to follow-up coverage, Fox News landed a goldmine:
— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) September 12, 2019
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 12, 2019
Of course, much of Fox News’ coverage was based on ridiculing ideas like banning plastic straws or having the government move people to plant-based diets:
CNN devoted seven hours to Democratic candidates addressing climate crisis. Fox News then ran 46 segments on it over two days, with nearly half that “either downplayed or outright denied climate change.” https://t.co/xDHZ7tcq6i pic.twitter.com/tWzaeYep7C
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) September 12, 2019
Where is Brian Stelter on this? We know he watches more Fox News than anybody (and is allegedly writing a book about it).
Like how Media Matters tries to complain about Fox News focusing on the climate debate because it was so embarrassing for Dems
— Destructive Chemistry (@DestructiveChem) September 12, 2019
Simultaneously, we were all laughing .
— Jonny Cab, thought criminal (@Inflatulation) September 12, 2019
Except when Joe Biden’s eye began to fill up with blood … that was gross.
A bit disingenuous gentlemen. Most of Fox coverage was to laugh at the collective suicide being committed by the Democrats.
— Dimitri Raitzin (@raitzin) September 12, 2019
Are you saying CNN didn’t cover its own forum as much as other networks did? 🤣
— J’ (@CZylgs51340) September 12, 2019
They had their chance to make all the Democrat candidates look good, and it failed, so of course, they’d avoid much follow-up.
All due respect, it is likely Fox was making fun of it … because…….. it was ridiculous.
— Deb (@INginjas) September 12, 2019
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 5, 2019