Major Networks Pass On Showing President Obama’s Immigration Speech

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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

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.

The networks are upset at the White House because they released the announcement on Facebook, a senior administration official told Politico:

“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 [2006]. 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.

 

h/t Deadline

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Time Running Out For David Gregory On “Meet The Press”?

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The New York Post’s Page Six reports that David Gregory could be replaced as moderator of Meet the Press shortly after the November election.

Rumors have been swirling for months about Gregory’s future at Meet the Press, as the ratings have sunk by 45 percent since he took over from the late Tim Russert in 2008. Gregory has turned Russert’s decade-long run at number one into a perennial third-place finish among Sunday morning talk shows.

The Post reported that while NBC News President Deborah Turness is publicly supportive of Gregory, she is seriously concerned about the ratings problems. The Post cites a source who told them that the discussion about Gregory is whether to replace him before the elections or after, giving a new moderator time to settle in.

If Gregory were to get the boot, the most likely successor is NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, with Joe Scarborough and Savannah Guthrie as remote possibilities.

While Todd is no conservative, he hasn’t been afraid to criticize Democrats lately and would be a good fit, with his interviewing skills and his vast political knowledge.

Filling Russert’s shoes would have been difficult for anyone, but to take a top-rated program and drag it down to third place reflects badly on Gregory. If NBC is hoping to be competitive again in the Sunday morning talk show derby, then they should make a change sooner rather than later.

 

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission. 

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WOW: You Won’t Believe How Much NBC “Paid” Chelsea Clinton To Work For Them…

How much was Chelsea Clinton making per year during her time at NBC? $600,000 a year. What is the median salary for a journalist working in the U.S.? According to the BLS, it is $37,090 a year. In other words, Clinton, despite lacking substantial professional experience as a journalist, gained an extremely lucrative salary at one of the nation’s most famous journalism outlets.

In fact, Barack Obama was making $400,000 a year as President, while Clinton was making $600,000 a year as a new journalist.

Clinton had worked as an analyst at a New York hedge fund before, but then switched over to working at NBC. Now she is on a month-to-month contract with NBC instead of the $600,00 a year. Why? According to Politico, it is because NBC wanted to able to sever ties if Hillary Clinton ran as President. Chelsea has also been working at the Clinton Foundation, which is now her primary job.

Many in the media criticized NBC for choosing her to work the job with no prior professional journalism experience- this was before it was known that she would raking in cash to the tune of $600,000 a year.

So what do you think? How much should Chelsea Clinton have been paid to be a journalist at NBC? Or would she never have been hired at all if it wasn’t for her well-connected parents?

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How NBC Had To Resort To Drastic Measures To Help This Host’s Image

“Meet the Press” helped cement the nation’s idea of political roundtable discussions more than four decades ago. Since then, however, the pioneering NBC program has seen its ratings fall below both network competitors on Sunday morning – ABC’s “This Week” and “Face the Nation” on CBS.

The freefall in viewership hit such lows with current host David Gregory that the Peacock Network decided to take a drastic move.

Upon the close of 2013, the show was at its lowest level ever among the coveted 25-54 year-old demographic. According to recent reports, NBC has determined Gregory is at least part of the problem and began looking into ways to transform him into a more likable personality.

That process apparently included psychological testing not only for him, but for his immediate family.

The Washington Post indicated that Gregory’s wife and friends were interviewed by a psychological consultant last year. Despite the fact that the host has worked for the network for almost 20 years, NBC executives apparently felt this would give them an insight into his personality that they had heretofore been unable to ascertain.

As for Gregory, he is taking the high road publicly by asserting his loyalty to his employer and his desire to succeed as host of “Meet the Press.”

“I get it,” he said. “Do I want to be number one in the ratings? Every week I want to be number one, and we fight like hell to get there. And it’s tough right now. It’s a fight.”

Network sources indicated interviews for a potential replacement – such as correspondent Chuck Todd – were conducted with abysmal results. For that reason, one presumes, NBC is trying to salvage the current host, who succeeded Tim Russert after his death in 2008.

Another spokesperson, however, denied the consultant brought in last year was “a psychological one” and refuted claims “that any audience research has been done on an alternative host.”

In any case, Gregory said it is not his intention to replace Russert.

“I have nothing but respect and admiration for Tim and his legacy,” he explained. “And I’m doing my own thing, just like Tim did.”

Unlike Russert, however, Gregory continues to struggle to find a loyal audience. Consultants – psychological or otherwise – have a difficult task in attracting viewers to a format that has existed for generations, especially as an increasing number of innovative cable networks offer more choices than ever before.

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Mainstream Media Shocked Obama NOT On “50 Greatest Leaders” List

Obama did not make it on Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Greatest Leaders List for 2014. And NBC wants to let you know how upset they are about it!

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