The Republican presidential candidates will gather on Thursday night for what promises to be an interesting opening debate. The program will begin with a forum of presidential candidates who did not poll high enough to feature in the prime-time debate, which will feature just the top 10 candidates. And the debate will be hosted by — you guessed it — Fox News. But if you're staunchly opposed to the network's brand of far-right, questionable journalism, do you have any other options? Or will the GOP debate be on another channel besides Fox?
Unfortunately, Fox News is the only channel that will air the debate live on TV. However, your favorite POTUS has urged even members of his own party to watch the GOP debates, and frankly, you really should. Republicans have all made their fair share of cringeworthy statements on women's rights, health care, foreign policy, immigration, the economy, marriage equality, and plenty more issues, but at the end of the day, they're still the other main party in America's two-party political system. Whatever your views, or however pro-Hillary or Bernie you might be, it still never hurts to stay informed and hear what the other side has to say.
But if you remain determined to not give Fox News a bigger viewership than it deserves on Thursday night, here's some crafty methods to stay in the know on the debate as it's happening, without giving the network another viewer.
1) Tune In To Fox News Online Radio
You can listen to the candidates argue it out tonight here at Fox News Radio's website, which will livestream the debate. You'll get to hear it all for free — the only downside, of course, is that you won't be able to see Donald Trump's ridiculous hair center-stage.
2) Patronize A Bar In Washington, D.C.
According to a Washington Post reporter, at least six local bars will be playing both debates. And let's be realistic: Do you actually think there's any way you can handle Jeb Bush's ignorance about women's health, some terrifying anti-environment tirade from Scott Walker, and literally everything that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth without an alcoholic beverage in hand? If you just so happen to be in the area, why not give these bars a whirl?
And if you're not in the area, then why not hit up your own local bars and restaurants? There's bound to be at least one playing the debates.
3) Arrange A Viewing Party With Friends
There's still a little time left to make plans for a viewing party with friends tomorrow night. Who knows — depending on the political views of some of your friends and family, a viewing party could turn into its own little fun-spirited debate. Don't forget to bring plenty of popcorn for all the dramatic moments the prime-time debate lineup pretty much guarantees.
4) Catch Online Live Reporting
No doubt plenty of online news sources will be covering both the cringeworthy and the glorious as it's happening, or will keep you filled in on the highlights, at least. We certainly will here at Bustle, so keep checking in our News section tomorrow night if none of the above methods work for you.
5) Check In The Next Day
You can bet there's going to be videos of the debate all over the Internet come Friday. You'll find some featuring highlights, all of the Donald's shocking statements, general cringeworthy moments, post-debate commentary, or even full-length answers from a particular candidate you might be interested in. Fox News itself will probably have plenty of debate-related videos on its website.
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