Fox News dominates CNN, MSNBC during presidential address with 8 million viewers

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The president's choice of a primetime national address had been much maligned by many in the political establishment.

But MSNBC and its broadcast network brother, NBC, will carry the address, just like its rivals.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the group had a "robust exchange" and 'questions were asked and answered'.

The major news networks differed sharply in how they covered Donald Trump address from the Oval Office on Tuesday to make a case for tough immigration laws and more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Let me get back in your face, 'cause you're such a smart ass most of the time and I know you want this to go viral", Conway said.

"The president made no news and no new proposals", he said.

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Of course, the content of Trump's address-a clear, immigrationist restrictionist message-remained deeply divisive on an increasingly crucible issue in American life.

"Hannity" picked up a whopping 7.1 million total viewers and 1.6 million in the 25-demo, marking it the show's highest-rated telecast in both categories since its return to the 9 p.m. timeslot in September 2017.

Fox News almost eclipsed both networks by 1.5 million viewers over the course of the night from 8 p.m.to 11 p.m. EST.

The speech offered no hope of a resolution to the government shutdown that started 18 days ago as a negotiating tactic but has turned into a symbol of dysfunctional Washington politics - and increasingly a painful situation for unpaid workers. Wallace replied that it would but this would not be enough because the Democrats still won the House in the midterms with the border wall being Trump's main issue. But the New York Democrat said the "symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall". "Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security", he said. Republicans and President Trump want to stop the madness taking place on the border.

Seth Meyers, the host of "Late Night" on NBC, took a position about this on his show Monday night.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a joint statement on Monday evening calling for equal air time.

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