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MSNBC Airs Fox News Ted Cruz Event, Hours in Advance

MSNBC broadcast live almost 15 minutes of a pre-recorded Fox News town hall with Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday, before being asked to turn off the cameras.

The Fox News town hall special will air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET as a special for The Kelly File with host Megyn Kelly moderating.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. ET, MSNBC cut to the town hall for almost 15 minutes at the beginning of the event, according to Politico. A campaign staffer asked the network to stop airing the content, and the network halted the livestream.

Press had been invited to RSVP for the 10 a.m. CT event in Madison, Wisconsin. A press announcement for the event listed the time and the Madison Masonic Center location.

Fox News is also running town hall specials with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday night. Greta Van Susteren hosts “on the trail with John Kasich” which airs at 7 p.m. ET. Sean Hannity hosts a special interview with Trump that airs at 10 p.m. ET. A description of the program indicates that audience members will be asking questions of the candidate in the course of the program as in other town hall format events.

It appears that MSNBC is the only news outlet of those that attended to air the event live.

According to the report, the various TV outlets did not receive instructions on release of the event’s content ahead of time.

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