Although cable news outlets including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC will air President Obama’s primetime address at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, the major networks will be bucking the President for their normally scheduled programming.
On the east coast, the President has to compete with the fall finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Bones on Fox, and The Biggest Loser on NBC, according to TV Guide.
Photo: TV Guide
None of the so-called “big four” will bump their regular broadcasts for the President Thursday. Also, coverage of the NFL’s Thursday night game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders begins at 8 p.m. ET on the NFL Network, though kickoff is scheduled for 8:26 p.m. ET.
In the address, President Obama is expected to announce that he will grant amnesty to about five million illegal immigrants, Fox News reported.
President Obama will address the nation tomorrow night on new steps he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system: http://t.co/tsLHuHb3Ed
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 19, 2014
“In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10 minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook.”
A network insider told Politico’s Mike Allen the reason they are not carrying Thursday’s address is because there was a clear consensus that President Obama’s speech was “overtly political.”
“The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration . But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”
There is one consolation for President Obama, however. Spanish language broadcasters Telemundo and Univision will show his speech live. Univision will delay the start of the 15th annual Latin Grammy’s so its audience can hear the President speak, while Telemundo will have reaction and analysis on its network until at least 9 PM ET.
Photo Credit: Barack Obama (Flickr)
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