MSNBC just happened to have Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, on its racism town hall the same day that the media went abuzz over actress Roseanne Barr’s “Planet of the Apes” joke.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 29, 2018
Despite Jarrett being at the center of that day’s news cycle, MSNBC’s town hall on “Everyday Racism in America” grabbed significantly fewer viewers than “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which normally takes that time slot.
According to Nielsen data obtained by Independent Journal Review, the town hall saw about 20 percent fewer total viewers than MSNBC host Rachel Maddow did on average for May 2018.Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images
Over at Fox News, “Hannity” dwarfed the town hall with nearly 3.5 million in total viewers — compared to MSNBC’s 2,059,000 in total viewers — and 730,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic.
The town hall did, however, beat out CNN host Anderson Cooper, whose show saw almost half of its amount in total viewers for that night.
“Well, this is what I think, because I think tone does start at the top, and we like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country, but I also think every individual citizen has the responsibility, too, and it’s up to all of us to push back.”
Watch her response below:
Just a month prior to that, Starbucks came under fire after a store in Philadelphia called the police on two men who are black, who were arrested after refusing to leave.