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Fox Won’t Air President Obama’s Third News Conference

barackobama-042809Fox has opted not to run President Obama’s third press conference scheduled for 8:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29th) night.  The network will insteadrun its regularly scheduled programming of Lie to Me at 8:00pm followed by American Idol at 9:00pm.

“Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8 p.m. (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network,” the net said.

The other three major nets — ABC, CBS and NBC — have all agreed to air the press conference, and will adjust their prime time lineup accordingly:

  • ABC will move this week’s episodes of Scrubs and Better Off Ted (which is also its season finale) to Tuesday, May 5th
  • CBS will move The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried back a week, which in turn will push the two-hour season finale of Criminal Minds to 9:00pm that night.
  • NBC has repeats scheduled to air tomorrow night, so they’re schedule goes unchanged.

While Fox will certainly be taking some heat for this decision, it’s worth noting that however you may feel about Fox’s news division, the broadcast net and Fox News are two completely different entities.  Additionally, Lie to Me has been dragging in the ratings recently so an unchallenged airing may help stabilize, or even grow, its numbers.

Source: Variety

  • Lyn

    Fox is right to not air the latest Obama news conference. This president has gotten more free press than all the past Presidents combined. I don't watch "Lie to Me" but I do think it is funny that such a show will run at the exact same time a pathological liar will be, once again, addressing this tired nation.

    • Well, I tried to leave the political talk out of the post, but whatever. Let me get my two cents in real quick.

      In regards to your complaint about our president getting too much press: Good, he's our president and SHOULD be out in front of the public as much as possible.

      And I'll remind you that the public overwhelmingly agrees with me. A recent AP poll showed that a whopping 69% believe President Obama is on TV too little or just the right amount.

      Only 28% said too much. Which, by the way, is about how many Americans identify themselves as Republicans. Coincidence? I think not.

      And on a parting note, I'd say it's quite ironic that Fox Broadcasting, under the same umbrella as Fox News, happens to air a show called Lie to Me, something they're very good at over at Fox News. ;)

  • Lyn

    Fox is right to not air the latest Obama news conference. This president has gotten more free press than all the past Presidents combined. I don't watch "Lie to Me" but I do think it is funny that such a show will run at the exact same time a pathological liar will be, once again, addressing this tired nation.

    • Well, I tried to leave the political talk out of the post, but whatever. Let me get my two cents in real quick.

      In regards to your complaint about our president getting too much press: Good, he's our president and SHOULD be out in front of the public as much as possible.

      And I'll remind you that the public overwhelmingly agrees with me. A recent AP poll showed that a whopping 69% believe President Obama is on TV too little or just the right amount.

      Only 28% said too much. Which, by the way, is about how many Americans identify themselves as Republicans. Coincidence? I think not.

      And on a parting note, I'd say it's quite ironic that Fox Broadcasting, under the same umbrella as Fox News, happens to air a show called Lie to Me, something they're very good at over at Fox News. ;)