Fox News host Dana Perino, one of the moderators for the upcoming Republican presidential debate, tells Deadline that former President Donald Trump has been critical of the debates, claiming that his absence led to low viewership.
However, the first debate had a higher-than-expected viewership of 12.8 million, and Perino suggests that this reflects a willingness among voters to explore alternative candidates.
Perino’s statement implies that viewers are engaged and concerned about the direction of the country, and they are actively seeking information about the candidates and their policies. It will be interesting to see how the second debate’s viewership compares to the first and whether it can maintain or exceed the previous numbers.
Donald Trump has criticized the idea of another Republican presidential debate, claiming that his absence resulted in low viewership. However, the upcoming second debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Fox Business and Univision will be closely watched to see if it can match last month’s higher-than-expected viewership of 12.8 million.
Dana Perino, who is moderating the debate with Stuart Varney and Univision’s Ilia Calderón, suggests that the strong viewership from the previous debate indicates a willingness among voters to consider alternative candidates.
“I think there are people who are open-minded, and they’re paying a lot of attention, and they care about the direction of this country, and they’re worried about it,” Perino told Deadline.
Seven candidates qualified for the debate: Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Tim Scott.
According to reports, Trump is planning to deliver a speech in Detroit to union members as the United Auto Workers continue their strike. This is seen as a counter-programming move, similar to the one he made last month when he appeared in an interview with Tucker Carlson on X/Twitter, as Fox News was presenting the first hour of the Milwaukee debate. It was a clear jab at Fox, which Trump frequently criticizes.
During a speech on Monday, he falsely claimed that “the last debate was the lowest-rated debate in history. That’s a good compliment, isn’t it?”
Perino has stated that she did not have any conversation with former President Trump or his team regarding his participation in the debate. This is in contrast to the first debate, where co-moderator Bret Baier had disclosed that he had spoken to the former president about it, and Fox executives had also met with him to discuss his involvement.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Fox News, Sean Hannity Will Host a Town Hall Event with Donald Trump
The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Former President Donald Trump will again skip the Republican debate, which NewsNation is hosting next week. However, he will still be on television, just in another capacity.
According to Deadline, Trump will participate in a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, one night before the next Republican debate. The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Furthermore, Sean Hannity, who is coming off moderating the debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, will be hosting the pre-taped event.
Meanwhile, the other Republican candidates will be at the Frank Moody Music Building in Tuscaloosa, AL, for the debate, with Elizabeth Vargas, Megyn Kelly, and Eliana Johnson serving as moderators.
Nikki Haley, DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy are expected to participate in the event, but it remains uncertain whether Chris Christie will meet the qualifications to attend.
NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo and Dan Abrams Spar Over Mediaite Story
“You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Chris Cuomo stated he’d consider voting for former President Donald Trump because he’s open to voting for anyone. However, he had an issue with Mediaite leaving out key context for his remarks.
“Your outlet, and a lot of other ones, did what you often criticize, which is they didn’t contact me,” Cuomo told Abrams. “They didn’t want context.”
Abrams quickly pushed back, saying that Mediaite did not need to contact him over his comments.
“Wait, why do they need to contact you?” Abrams said. “What is there to contact you about? You said what you said in the interview. It speaks for itself. What do they have to contact you about?”
Cuomo then responded, telling Abrams that any credible reporter would be asking follow-up questions to ensure they had context for the comments.
“When you are going to cover what somebody said, you call if you’re a responsible reporter and say, ‘Hey, did you say this? And what did you mean when you said this?’” Cuomo added.
Again, Abrams defended Mediaite and stated that they did not need to offer follow-up questions to Cuomo’s remarks.
“What do you mean, ‘Did you do this?’ You’re not denying you said it,” Abrams told Cuomo. “You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Tucker Carlson Quietly Steps Down from Board of The Daily Caller
“His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects.”
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson quietly stepped down from the board of The Daily Caller. Carlson co-founded the media organization in 2011 and has held a chair position for over a decade.
Nonetheless, citing an unreported tax filing, the report notes that Carlson disappeared from the board of The Daily Caller News Foundation in 2022. Still, the precise timing is unclear.
Carlson did not comment on his removal from the board but attempted to diminish The Daily Beast and the reporter.
“You’re still working for The Daily Beast? How old are you?” Carlson asked.
Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller had kept the news hidden until recently. The nonprofit submitted its annual registration with the state on December 7, 2022, and Carlson’s name appeared as a director.
The nonprofit did not include his name in the annual registration they filed earlier this month. Additionally, on their September 2022 tax return, they omitted to list him as a board member.
Neil Patel, co-founder and chairperson of The Daily Caller, has been serving on the board with Carlson since the beginning. He expressed in a statement to The Daily Beast that Carlson was too busy for his five-hour-a-week board position and had reached his term limit without providing any additional explanation.
“We love Tucker,” the statement said. “He’s our founder. His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects, so we moved him to an honorary role.”