Fox Won't Air Obama's Primetime Speech

Published April 27, 2009

On Wednesday, Fox will become the first broadcast network ever to reject President Barack Obama’s request for primetime coverage, choosing instead to air the drama “Lie to Me.”

The other major networks – ABC, CBS and NBC— will air Obama’s 100-day news conference. This is Obama’s third primetime speech since becoming president.

“The Fox Broadcasting Company will not air the Presidential News Conference on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 PM (ET),” the company announced in a statement. “Fox’s sister networks, Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, will air the press conference in its entirety. Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.”

In the past, the network has denied presidents, both Republican and Democrat, coverage, reports The Live Feed.

Out of the major networks, Fox is usually the least watched when airing such events. In addition, the network beat out competitors at that Wednesday night timeslot last week and Obama’s news conference actually takes place during sweeps.

Written by <P>By BET.com News Staff</P>

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