CLEVELAND, OH – 24 million people tuned in this past Thursday to watch the first Republican presidential primary debates, hosted by Fox News. The debate featured 10 candidates for the GOP presidential nomination including one candidate who is African American.
Dr. Ben Carson, the lone African American on the debate stage is a neurosurgeon and author.
“When I heard that Fox News was going to have an African American on and not portray him as a thug or criminal I had to watch to see if it was true.” said Megan Freeman, a 27 year old teacher from Lancaster.
A group of young professionals who gathered to watch the debate and play a drinking game commented, “Oh my God! There REALLY is a black man on Fox News. And they’re letting him speak!”
Ratings monitor Nielsen Media Research said that 24 million people tuned in to watch the debate. Among the telecast’s viewers, 7.9 million were in the 25-54 age range, the key advertising demographic. Not surprising, more than 15 million white viewers who are 65+ stayed up to watch the debate and reaffirm their belief that PC Culture is the problem facing America today.
Simon Frohman of Nielsen told us, “Our viewer sampling estimated that nearly 9 million people tuned in to the debate to see if there really was an African American on Fox News. An African American who was not being referred to as a thug or criminal.”
Though Dr. Carson’s appearance in the GOP debate marks the first time since 2012 that Fox News has had an African American on air that they were not calling a “thug” or portraying as a criminal, they did their best to minimize his participation in the debate.