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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
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2014-08-08 10:19:40 AM  
5 votes:
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 01:01:04 PM  
4 votes:

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 12:44:15 PM  
4 votes:
imagine FOX's outrage at CBS is Obama was a Republican though.
2014-08-08 12:43:15 PM  
4 votes:
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 03:22:27 PM  
2 votes:
i512.photobucket.com
2014-08-08 01:52:05 PM  
2 votes:
Someone said that football isn't more important that hearing from the bullshiat-in-chief?

Turn in your American card. You don't need it anymore.
2014-08-08 01:15:29 PM  
2 votes:
"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 01:11:51 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:51:02 PM  
2 votes:
A bombing campaign is, unfortunately, not news.
2014-08-08 11:57:27 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:24:27 PM  
1 vote:
I'm in my 40s, but anybody else remember in the pre-cable days when a network would throw up the "Special Report" banner ... everybody in my house stopped what they were doing because sheet was about to get real.  Used to be a time they only did that when the fan had been hit.
2014-08-08 04:54:52 PM  
1 vote:

The Why Not Guy: 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.


Or if those stations not carrying the address would simply relinquish their broadcast licenses for use of the public airwaves, because broadcasting presidential addresses was PART OF THE F#CKING DEAL FROM THE BEGINNING.
2014-08-08 03:49:23 PM  
1 vote:
I believe President Obama was over one hour late getting to the podium. Or ten minutes late in CPT.

Watched it and listen to planted reporters talking points, Corporate Taxation,
 thought it was a dress rehearsal.

No question about ISIS or the plight Christians just the usual," is it tough being so awesome Mr.President."
2014-08-08 02:44:54 PM  
1 vote:

Football IS more important.  We will get the important parts later on the news.  Presidential speeches aren't often time sensitive.  That is one of the great things about the president's weekly video address.  It is pre recorded and happens the same time each Sunday.  I can make a point to watch it live or record it for later.  It is usually just a repeat of things he mentioned earlier in the week though.

but the whitehouse really really needs to bring in a better video editor or director.  Isn't he friends with Spielberg or someone?  Get a little pro-bono work here or something.  They generally run with a fairly wide chest up shot, but once in a while they jump-cut to a close up on his face with no transition at all.  You are sitting there listening to a calm explanation of events at the border, or a recent development in Gaza and

BAM GIANT OBAMA ALL UP IN YOUR FACE!!!


Then we are back to regular presidential proportions.  they do it two or three times per address for emphasis.  Sometimes I zone out on what he is saying trying to predict the giant Obama attack. Maybe they could bring in a film school grad student?
2014-08-08 01:38:58 PM  
1 vote:
Wow we bombed a country in the middle east.

BREAKING NEWS

Happens every farking day.
2014-08-08 01:38:28 PM  
1 vote:

usttsdw: I see nothing wrong with this. 1 Channel is enough.


This...

There's only a few things that I can think of that is important enough to have on every channel.  Most of it is political blah talk.

"We're going to war with x"
"War with x is over"
"Federally mandated nap hour is effective immediately for all jobs"

/those are just three things off the top of my head that would be worth it
2014-08-08 01:37:18 PM  
1 vote:

Moosecakes: 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.

Yeah, in an age where we have 4 24-hour news networks, I don't think it matters much if the broadcast channels air this stuff.


Everyone does not have cable. Smh.
2014-08-08 01:32:22 PM  
1 vote:

Giltric: 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.



You casual indifference to the death of human beings is noted.
2014-08-08 01:29:18 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:21:49 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:16:25 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:05:11 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:02:32 PM  
1 vote:
i111.photobucket.com
2014-08-08 01:01:16 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:55:24 PM  
1 vote:
I bet CBS and Fox will get much higher ratings.
2014-08-08 12:51:52 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:47:14 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:47:04 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, who the hell wants to hear what the freaking President wants to say, right?

/rolls eyes
2014-08-08 12:46:23 PM  
1 vote:
don't blame the media just because Obama is black.
2014-08-08 12:44:49 PM  
1 vote:
I'd rather watch the test pattern than listen to a president drone on
2014-08-08 12:44:38 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:42:31 PM  
1 vote:
I see nothing wrong with this. 1 Channel is enough.
2014-08-08 11:27:41 AM  
1 vote:

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?
 
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