The evening was a win for Fox News all around, as the network averaged 4.8 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., while MSNBC averaged 3.4 million and CNN averaged 2.6 million. People who believe Trump is a dire threat to the country think that TV networks should not help spread his propaganda.
For network executives, tradition and news judgment - the simple idea that this is "a presidential address from the Oval Office" - outweighed concerns about the content. CBS was fourth with 1.71 million, followed by CNN with 1.39 million.
Immediately following Trump's approximately 10 minute speech, Smith broke down a "number of claims" that were deliberately misleading. "That's the problem for putting this on the air", former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.
Democrats in response accused Trump appealing to "fear, not facts" and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.
Trump's narrative about the southern border "really is fiction".
"The networks, I hope, yesterday struggled with the decision to put this on, because he consistently hasn't told the truth".
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TRUMP: "Tonight I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border". And unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and millions of Americans will be affected for the time being.
Hours after the lunch, Trump spoke to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time in his presidency.
Among FNC's bright spots, Hannity clocked its best numbers in both metrics since moving back to the 9 PM timeslot: 7.129 million total viewers and 1.645M in the news demo.
After Trump speaks, congressional Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), will be given time for their rebuttal, according to a CNN Tweet.
Following Tuesday night's coverage, the liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America said the network fact-checking was ineffective.