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(Deadline)   CBS and Fox refuse to carry President Obama's address, thinking that Big Brother, football, and a drama about gangs is more important than hearing the Commander-in-Chief   (deadline.com) divider line 99
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2014-08-08 10:19:40 AM
I personally do not see the need for all local news stations, all major dedicated news stations, and CSPAN to broadcast all major Presidential Addresses.
 
2014-08-08 11:27:41 AM

Endive Wombat: I personally do not see the need for all local news stations, all major dedicated news stations, and CSPAN to broadcast all major Presidential Addresses.


Me either but then again, how often do they actually have a major one?
 
2014-08-08 11:57:27 AM
First line in the article:  With short notice to the TV networks,....

Guess the President was in too much of a hurry to get to Martha's Vineyard to give longer notice?
 
2014-08-08 12:40:38 PM
Fox I can understand, but CBS?
 
2014-08-08 12:42:31 PM
I see nothing wrong with this. 1 Channel is enough.
 
2014-08-08 12:42:53 PM

bluorangefyre: Fox I can understand, but CBS?


Big Bang gets higher ratings than the President.
 
2014-08-08 12:43:15 PM
I don't see this as a big deal, though it would be a nice patriotic gesture if stations NOT carrying the address let people know about it so they could change the channel if they wish. I know, I dream big.
 
2014-08-08 12:44:15 PM
imagine FOX's outrage at CBS is Obama was a Republican though.
 
2014-08-08 12:44:38 PM
Its not a state of the union address or the announcement that life has been discovered on other planets.

Its a freaking day that ends in Y....ie we are bombing someone.
 
2014-08-08 12:44:49 PM
I'd rather watch the test pattern than listen to a president drone on
 
2014-08-08 12:45:42 PM
It's baffling they wouldn't cut to the address. He's so well-spoken.
 
2014-08-08 12:46:12 PM
Obama lost the Battle of the Block to Zack and Sasha and Malina were put up for eviction.
 
2014-08-08 12:46:23 PM
don't blame the media just because Obama is black.
 
2014-08-08 12:47:04 PM
Yeah, who the hell wants to hear what the freaking President wants to say, right?

/rolls eyes
 
2014-08-08 12:47:14 PM
I love it when people confuse FOX with FOX NEWS...

Yeah, they are part of Fox Entertainment Group, but they are not the same channel
 
2014-08-08 12:47:47 PM
Why subby, there's a perfectly sane, down to earth debate going on on the main page to inform me of what's going on.
 
2014-08-08 12:49:54 PM

Burr: I love it when people confuse FOX with FOX NEWS...

Yeah, they are part of Fox Entertainment Group, but they are not the same channel


Of course Fox News will air it, if only so their pundits can eviscerate him immediately afterwards.
 
2014-08-08 12:51:02 PM
A bombing campaign is, unfortunately, not news.
 
2014-08-08 12:51:27 PM
WHY DOESN'T HE LEAD
 
2014-08-08 12:51:52 PM

tudorgurl: Yeah, who the hell wants to hear what the freaking President wants to say, right?
/rolls eyes


TODAY ON FOX TALKS: Is the President keeping the American people in the dark about his policies?!?!?*^&&%!%#@
 
2014-08-08 12:52:34 PM
Never mess with our footbaw, jefe
 
2014-08-08 12:55:19 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Obama lost the Battle of the Block to Zack and Sasha and Malina were put up for eviction.


wut
 
2014-08-08 12:55:24 PM
I bet CBS and Fox will get much higher ratings.
 
2014-08-08 12:58:50 PM
People could have watched it on any of the 20 other stations probably carrying it.  I'm sure it was streaming a new places as well.
 
2014-08-08 12:59:31 PM
This is just stupid fauxtrage - everybody already knows his address is The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
 
2014-08-08 01:00:17 PM
StrikitRich: Guess the President was in too much of a hurry to get to Martha's Vineyard to give longer notice?

Sure, because no president before the one with dark skin ever took time off to lounge around. Oh, wait....

www.crawford-texas.org

From a year ago:

Tweets by Knoller himself back that up. On the eve of Obama's departure for Martha's Vineyard, Knoller tweeted that "since taking office, Pres Obama has taken 14 vacation trips spanning all or part of 92 days." Knoller also tweeted that "at the same point in office, Pres. GWBush had made 50 visits to this Texas Ranch totaling all or part of 323 days."

People like you need some new material cuz that shiat is tired.

/Not an Obama fan at all
//Sorry about bringing politics in to the sports tab
///OK, not really
 
2014-08-08 01:01:03 PM
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2014-08-08 01:01:04 PM

Panty Sniffer: I bet CBS and Fox will get much higher ratings.



True. And its completely unreasonable to ask the major networks using the public airwaves to broadcast important presidential addresses.

There was a time when delivering the news was about more than ratings.
 
2014-08-08 01:01:16 PM

cryinoutloud: tudorgurl: Yeah, who the hell wants to hear what the freaking President wants to say, right?
/rolls eyes

TODAY ON FOX TALKS: Is the President keeping the American people in the dark about his policies?!?!?*^&&%!%#@


Exactly.
 
2014-08-08 01:01:22 PM

ManateeGag: bluorangefyre: Fox I can understand, but CBS?

Big Bang gets higher ratings than the President.


Just wait until Obama becomes Big Brother!
 
2014-08-08 01:02:32 PM
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2014-08-08 01:04:12 PM

Ned Stark: A bombing campaign is, unfortunately, not news.


I ... can't really argue with you.
 
2014-08-08 01:05:11 PM
Face the Obvious! The mass media prefers right wing republicans over Democrats. Republicans do outrageously horrible stuff that the media can torment the populace with tales of "look at what the republicans did to you today". They have as much interest in keeping America miserable as the gop does. Your tears of despair are liquid gold to the media corporations.
 
2014-08-08 01:07:06 PM

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I'd rather watch the test pattern than listen to a president drone on


I see what you did there.
 
2014-08-08 01:07:25 PM

Nadie_AZ: Ned Stark: A bombing campaign is, unfortunately, not news.

I ... can't really argue with you.



After all, there was no mention of a missing white girl in his speech.
 
2014-08-08 01:09:07 PM

Lord_Baull: Nadie_AZ: Ned Stark: A bombing campaign is, unfortunately, not news.

I ... can't really argue with you.


After all, there was no mention of a missing white girl in his speech.


Or a missing airliner that - after 6 months we can now confirm - is still missing.
 
2014-08-08 01:10:03 PM
/Not an Obama fan at all
//Sorry about bringing politics in to the sports entertainment tab
///OK, not really


D'oh!
 
2014-08-08 01:11:51 PM

Chummer45: Lord_Baull: Nadie_AZ: Ned Stark: A bombing campaign is, unfortunately, not news.

I ... can't really argue with you.


After all, there was no mention of a missing white girl in his speech.

Or a missing airliner that - after 6 months we can now confirm - is still missing.


jugglu.com
 
2014-08-08 01:12:01 PM

LeroyBourne: there's a perfectly sane, down to earth debate going on on the main page


Okay, I'm going to stop you right there...
 
2014-08-08 01:14:29 PM
This is really disturbing.  I wouldn't care so much if I could watch a recording of it later or read the transcript the next day or something...
 
2014-08-08 01:14:53 PM

rzrwiresunrise: It's baffling they wouldn't cut to the address. He's so well-spoken.


Lulz
 
2014-08-08 01:15:29 PM
"You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists."

"Respect the office."

"America, love it or leave it."


Enjoy these cherished classics and much, much more!  All your favorite GOP sloganeering hits are available in one amazing volume!  Order now, hypocrisy levels have never been higher.
 
2014-08-08 01:16:25 PM

Chummer45: Panty Sniffer: I bet CBS and Fox will get much higher ratings.


True. And its completely unreasonable to ask the major networks using the public airwaves to broadcast important presidential addresses.

There was a time when delivering the news was about more than ratings.


"The reason we failed isn't a mystery. We took a dive for the ratings. In the infancy of mass communications, the Columbus and Magellan of broadcast journalism, William Paley and David Sarnoff, went down to Washington to cut a deal with Congress. Congress would allow the fledgling networks free use of taxpayer-owned airwaves in exchange for one public service. That public service would be one hour of air time set aside every night for informational broadcasting, or what we now call the evening news.

Congress, unable to anticipate the enormous capacity television would have to deliver consumers to advertisers, failed to include in its deal the one requirement that would have changed our national discourse immeasurably for the better. Congress forgot to add that, under no circumstances, could there be paid advertising during informational broadcasting. They forgot to say that taxpayers will give you the airwaves for free and for 23 hours a day you should make a profit, but for one hour a night you work for us.

And now those network newscasts, anchored through history by honest-to-God newsmen with names like Murrow and Reasoner and Huntley and Brinkley and Buckley and Cronkite and Rather and Russert-- Now they have to compete with the likes of me. A cable anchor who's in the exact same business as the producers of Jersey Shore.

It might come as a surprise to you that some of history's greatest American journalists are working right now, exceptional minds with years of experience and an unshakeable devotion to reporting the news. But these voices are a small minority now and they don't stand a chance against the circus when the circus comes to town."
 
2014-08-08 01:18:07 PM

BMulligan: LeroyBourne: there's a perfectly sane, down to earth debate going on on the main page

Okay, I'm going to stop you right there...


It's winding down.  I read the whole thing, it was like injecting Everclear directly in the brain.
 
2014-08-08 01:19:20 PM

StrikitRich: First line in the article:  With short notice to the TV networks,....

Guess the President was in too much of a hurry to get to Martha's Vineyard to give longer notice?


Remember, kids: vacationing on Martha's Vineyard is elitist whereas vacationing at your own massive estate which you pretend is a "ranch" isn't at all.
 
2014-08-08 01:21:49 PM
Many of you are missing the point. Ideally we want to "force" as many people as possible to watch the damn thing. Networks used to think it was a patriotic duty to get more eyeballs on what our top leader is saying.

I guess the "Ow my balls" marathon is just too attractive these days.

StrikitRich: First line in the article:  With short notice to the TV networks,....

Guess the President was in too much of a hurry to get to Martha's Vineyard to give longer notice?


MMm, you missed out on some obvious additions there. No mention of Michelle Obama's obsession or fancy lettuce?

4/10
 
2014-08-08 01:24:36 PM
This is idiotic. Broadcast stations should have to perform some public functions in order to maintain their licenses from the FCC.
 
2014-08-08 01:28:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpUPW4FL6Mo

When presidents talk, Americans get hurt
 
2014-08-08 01:29:18 PM
Meh. There are hundreds of channels now... at least a couple dozen of which will cover the address. To say nothing of the other media coverage besides TV.

We're not being deprived of anything.
 
2014-08-08 01:30:38 PM

StrikitRich: First line in the article:  With short notice to the TV networks,....

Guess the President was in too much of a hurry to get to Martha's Vineyard to give longer notice?


Hilarious!

Now do the one about teleprompters!


/I guess it is possible he didn't want to give too much notice to the intended targets.....
 
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