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.