All the major U.S television networks decided against broadcasting Obama’s immigration speech and the White House continues to be disappointed.
Obama’s speech on immigration reform, announcing that he was going to move forward with his immigration plans on his own using his executive powers, failed to attract the interest of CBS, NBC and ABC. Though the White House implored the networks to run Obama’s pivotal immigration address, the networks refused to bow to the demand.
According to Politico, the networks felt Obama’s speech was political and therefore decided against airing it instead of their normal prime time programs.
“There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration (2006),” wrote Mike Allen. “But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”
Obama and the White House disagreed, however, a senior administration official citing the speech President Bush gave in 2006 to Politico.
“In 2006, Bush gave a 17-minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6,000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10-minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook.”
Obama’s immigration reform reportedly seeks to keep about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported.
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