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Update: Obama's Speech Tonight, Who's Playing Ball, Who Isn't


Hope you've cleared your schedules for an Obamarafic night: At 8:00 p.m. Barack will be giving a 30-minute infomercial/speech/nobody knows on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox. He will also be the guest on The Daily Show tonight, which runs later but should give Jon Stewart's team enough time to scramble together a couple questions regarding this momentous power play.

But what stations were left out of the love-in?

CNN: Declined to air the promo. Their official statement:

We were approached by the Obama campaign and declined their request. We did not want to pre-empt our programming lineup with a 30-minute spot. We rather use our air to continue to cover the campaign, candidates and issues like we always do from all points of view with the best political team on television.

ABC: Didn't Work Out. ABC was offered the spot and accepted, but too little too late. By the time ABC got back to the campaign (two weeks after being asked) the money had already been allocated elsewhere. Pushing Daisies will air instead.

CW: Wasn't asked. But why would they be? Half their viewers aren't old enough to vote, and the other half would try to vote Serena/Blair '08 into office.

Fox News Channel: Not asked. While some point out that Fox is already airing the promo, so there isn't a need to repost on Fox News, both MSNBC and their parent NBC are screening the ad. Probable reason the Obama camp not wanting to give their money to the station that hosts Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Steve Doocy? You tell us.

Comments (17)
No. 1 · mselectric

I plan on alphabetizing my spice rack….priorities you know. Maybe he'll show the secret little tape the LA Times is sitting on?

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 10:02 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · Joe Che Biden

I'd rather watch a Ronco infomercial.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 11:36 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · Charlene

I can't wait till 8!

What a sad lo$$ and mi$$ed opportunity though for ABC in waiting too long to respond to the campaign and agree to air Obama's message! I'll be DVRing "Pushing Daisies" to watch another day.

What a tragedy for CNN that they actually think viewers will be watching their news coverage when the REAL NEWS is happening on the other major networks and news channels.

Obama's message tonight is crucial to those "undecided" voters, and I predict more people will be watching than watched any of the debates!

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 11:51 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 4 · jlynne

It's a date at 8 PM. It's so exciting to see this!

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 12:12 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 5 · hogdaddee

I'm sure Obama will not waste any time mentioning the International Republican Institute (IRI) of which John McCain is Chairman and Randy Scheunemann his Foreign Affairs Adviser is a Board Member. Or the fact that the IRI gave over a million dollars to the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, the organization founded by Rashid Khalidi - you know the guy you want to see the video tape of.

Oh yeah Johnny Mac forgot to mention this tid-bit of info in his lame and desperate attempt to divert your attention away from his spiraling death throw of a campaign.

Ignoring his and Randy boy's own association with Khalidi through the IRI - McCain can only be deemed a complete idiot for bringing this up and the ill-informed McCainites who want to beat this drum are even more dumb.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 6 · Elizabeth

OBAMA RULES!!!!!!

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 7 · Barny Fwank

Stay tuned for a message from Dear Leader Obama, future chairman of the United Socialist American Motherland.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 8 · Regis

Had to Google "CW" but the network(???) still isn't familiar at all…I expect I'm not missing much.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 9 · Obama Fan

Goodbye, McCain-Palin! It was entertaining knowing you, but NOW it's time to GOVERN! TIME for OBAMA! Bye-bye now!

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 1:03 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 10 · Comandante Obama

Oh yippe! more Odrama overexposure :\ Hopefully if the American people aren't totally brainwashed, next week we'll be saying Dasvedanya comrade Obama.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 11 · rhonda

McCain AND Palin are divisive, lying, hypocrite and there continued attempts to smear Obama with scurrilous accusations need to be called out.

The media won't do it and seem quite content in their role as facilitators repeating rather than critically questioning his and his minions allegations.

So as a Obama suppoter, working everday as a vol., I am glad Obama is addressing the country. With a positve message. Something our current president can not seem to do nor McWar with his fight fight fight fear message of more doom.

My hope is that a week from now we will be celebrating a brighter 4 years to come with Obama.

He can unitfy this country, we see it happening already. He will work to end the division, get us out of a war we should never have been in, and start to bring us out of the mess we are in as a result of the last 7 1/2 years.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 12 · GC

Daily Show is taped in the afternoon. They go live on rare occasions.

FAIL on your part

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 13 · woodstock

Obama followers can????????t think for themselves, they only parrot back his campaign slogans: If they understood what Obama is really saying and listen to his words with their minds, they would make an intelligent choice instead of being a Obaba-sheep. The country can????????t afford 4 years of Obama, no matter how elegant he speaks, promise them anything….

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 14 · lapopz

Obama for CHANGE!
Watch Obama 30 minute commercial online at http://sowonder.net/broadcast/.....Commercial
hq video.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 9:10 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 15 · Barney Fwank

You couldn't pay me enough to waste 30 minutes watching Barack Otrotsky vomit socialism.

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 16 · marie

NO THANKS, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH AND MORE BLAH. THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE GOING TO WATCH THIS KRAP ARE THE ZOMBIES THAT ARE BRAINWASHED. I AM CLEANING MY CLOSET!!!!

Posted: Oct 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 17 · Trojan Virus from Lapopz!!!

Don't click on the Lapopz link Obama for Change
Watch Obama 30 minute commercial online at….. It is a link to a trojan virus!!!
Someone get it off the site.

Posted: Oct 30, 2008 at 12:52 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
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