After Roe v. Wade was overturned, a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and allegedly refused an abortion in Ohio made national headlines for traveling out of state for one. Fox News host Jesse Watters questioned the veracity of the story and suggested it might be a hoax intended to politicize the 10-year-old victim.
Additionally, he decried the fact that a criminal investigation into the rape had not yet been opened and lambasted the media for heavily emphasizing the abortion-related components of the widely publicized incident.
Watters questioned, ‘Why isn’t anybody talking about bringing the child rapist to justice,If there is a … child abuser out there in the streets of Ohio, he needs to be brought to justice, and if so-called doctors are covering child rape, they need to be prosecuted.’
The Columbus Dispatch reports that on Tuesday of last week, police detained and accused 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes, an illegal alien, with rape after he allegedly confessed to raping the youngster twice.
The following day, Watters made a veiled allusion to the fact that his observations had aided the prosecution’s case against Fuentes.
He said,‘Primetime covered this story heavily on Monday, put on the pressure, and now we’re glad that justice is being served.’
And it’s very possible that his drawing attention to the matter resulted in the arrest. This could be the reason viewers are tuning in to his program, giving Fox News a ratings windfall.
Watters is the host of two of Fox News’ top shows, which help the network retain its ratings advantage over all other cable news programs.
The top 100 cable news programs last week included 72 Fox News broadcasts.
From July 11 to 17, “Fox News Channel dominated basic cable, finishing with the greatest average audience for the 28th consecutive week,” the source claims.
“Fox News averaged 1.4 million viewers last week, while no other basic cable channel surpassed the one-million viewer mark. Fox News also came out on top during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., averaging 2.2 million viewers compared to 1.3 million for second-place MSNBC. It was the 74th straight week that Fox News outdrew CNN and MSNBC among both total and primetime viewers.” the report stated.
According to Conservative Brief, “The hit show “The Five,” where Watters is a co-host, once again led all cable news shows in total viewers last week and it wasn’t even close.”
The cable news program with the most viewers, “The Five,” had an average audience of 3.14 million.
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“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the second most-watched show last week with the week 3.12 million total viewers.
The other show Watters hosts, “Watters Primetime” took third place in average total viewers with 2.64 million.