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You can't make this stuff up.

Fox declines to air Obama press conference in favor of their regularly scheduled programming, Lie to Me.


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Apr. 28th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
yup, arrogant b*st*rds are arrogant...

and if you've actually watched Lie to Me, you'll have seen the not-so-subtle slurs of Bill Clinton et. al.

Apr. 28th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Although you should expand your et alia so it's clear that they use examples from both parties. Not that I've been keeping score, but roughly 13 Republian headshots to 5 Democrat so far...
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Well, gee, what do you want them to do? The guy keeps wanting to preempt quality programs like American Idol. (This is one of the big mistakes of his presidency according to Fox.)

Clearly he should be thinking more about this, and scheduling his press releases for times when there's no programs on that anyone wants to watch. 2am on QVC ought to be OK.
Apr. 28th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
Eh, Fox gets crappier-than-normal ratings when they cover the president. Happened last time they covered Obama, happened a pile with Bush, so they stopped carrying all of his speeches. So I don't blame Fox for pandering to their main viewership. I may blame them for *molding* said viewership in the first place, but that's a different beef.

And hell, I'd certainly watch Lie to Me over a Bush address..
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I am of the opinion that there have been too many prime time addresses and am glad someone finally said "enough!". It is also sweeps, I have heard. It seems kind of presumptuous to preempt the schedule this time of year if it isn't neccessary. It isn't like we NEED another presidential address right now.
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
It may be true that he's doing too many addresses, but he's also the President, and I do think it's his mistake to make.
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I dunno. I kind of like the "let the viewers decide" kind of approach.

If the president wants to say something, and the folks watch it, then the networks will carry it. If FOX does this enough times and their viewership is low enough, then they'll hopefully learn from their mistake(s) and change their actions.

On the other hand, if their viewership doesn't drop, well, at least they know their viewers.

And vice versa for President Obama.
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