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May 25, 2004
Bush On Cable?

Looks like I'm not the only one who can't bear to listen to Bush blathering on incoherently these days.

Not one of the blogs I read this morning mentioned that none of the networks carried last night's speech live. I don't watch much television and so didn't have the set on to notice that the networks were carrying on with their regular programming.

I'm not sure I really approve of the omission. I don't care for the Bush Administration (I'm sure that's news to all of you) and didn't really expect he'd deliver that "clear five-point plan" for Iraq's future they said to listen for, but I think the broadcast networks should carry a national presidential address when asked to do so.

There are people in this country who don't have cable or satellite television, okay? I think the broadcast networks should be required to provide this kind of coverage as part of the amazingly low price they pay to hog the airwaves.

Even if it's "sweeps week." They could just leave out the hour spent before the speech telling us what we're going to hear, then the hour of "post-speech commentary" that usually focuses on his tie and his posture and the tone of his voice, instead of telling us anything useful.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:55 PM


For what it's worth, our local NPR station carried the speech; if NPR stations consistently did the same elsewhere, that covers a lot of the population.

But I basically agree.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 25, 2004 05:59 PM

The networks were not asked to carry the speech, so they didn't. The corporate media isn't going to give up the ad revenue for public service unless asked, which enables them to take it off their taxes.

My NPR station said it was going to carry the speech, but I heard World Cafe instead of George Bush.

I don't watch television as I have "issues" with the local cable provider.

Posted by: Bryan at May 25, 2004 09:45 PM