There appears to be something missing from Fox News’ 5 pm pre-debate debate. All the candidates are there, moderators Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum showed up, but there was something kind of big missing.
Yep, there were a lot of empty chairs at the “kids table” debate today, and only a few people could be heard clapping for the candidates.
And while it was obviously expected the 5 pm debate wouldn’t garner nearly as much interest, the lack of an actual audience really got noticed on Twitter:
I hope none of the candidates are dependent on feeding off a crowd
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) August 6, 2015
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 6, 2015
Couldn't fox have round up some homeless people to sit in the audience for the short bus debate? Empty room seems purposefully cruel
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) August 6, 2015
I wonder if not having an audience is making the candidates more uncomfortable
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) August 6, 2015
Carly Fiorina awkwardly brings up call frm B Clinton to Trump. Might have been an applause line…if there was an AUDIENCE! #KidsTableDebate
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) August 6, 2015
From the applause sounds like the audience is only the immediate families of the candidates. #FoxKiddieDebate
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) August 6, 2015
It's ridiculous to have a "debate" in a 20K seat arena.
I can't begin to describe what it is to have a "forum" in an EMPTY 20K seat arena.
— Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) August 6, 2015
Were candidates not allowed to bring in people to watch this debate? Empty room is pretty stark. #GOPDebate
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 6, 2015
— Davante Lewis (@davantelewis) August 6, 2015
Below is video of how the 5 pm debate opened, and just listen for how little applause there is (via Fox):
Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified MacCallum as fellow Fox anchor Shannon Bream.
[image via screengrab]
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