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Should TV Networks Always Move Over For Obama?

Next Tuesday, we'll find out who's the real American Idol. See, not even 10 talented singers, four entertaining judges, or their millions of viewers, could preempt the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Obama asked the networks to reschedule programming for his latest prime-time address. He plans on holding his second prime-time news conference next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Fox will have to push back American Idol to Wednesday and Thursday and go up against CBS's NCAA finals. Some networks are upset saying prime-time speeches cost each company a couple million dollars a pop.

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osadeazuca-51 osadeazuca-51 8 years
Real good, Stephie Girl. Thanks for the support. Caterpillar, it's not about who we like, it's about who is best at what they do. Obama is just wanting to ensure the American people that they are being informed of all that is taking place. Your tele shows will air biggy. We are all going through some very bad economic times no matter who started what. We just have to be a part of the solution not the commotion.
stephley stephley 8 years
No, it's not 'very untrue.' Bush rarely held news conferences and didn't spend a lot of time talking to the American people about what he planned to do before he did it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Osa, your statement is very untrue, we know you dont like Bush but dont make things up.
osadeazuca-51 osadeazuca-51 8 years
Aw-w-w. Bush never kept us updated about anything until AFTER the facts. President Obama thinks America should be notified of all that is going on and that is obviously more important. Get over it already!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
He gives so many more press conferences than Bush and I have complained about it interrupting my TV schedule before.
osadeazuca-51 osadeazuca-51 8 years
Hey! No commercials for one whole hour! And not everybody knows everything. You don't even know what the Prez is gonna say,,,,or, are you psychic????? If you are, then let loose with the lotto numbers, eh?? Chill.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
NO or they just become propaganda outlets.
American Idol should just be permanently removed from the air, for dumbing down the country at large.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Yeah I would agree that they should pre-empt American Idol(TRASH), but all other shows should come on as normal ahahaha!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"It's NOT a speech, it's a news conference. People can watch reporters ask questions and hear Obama's answers without any reporter input or deletions - no filtering." So important!!!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think it is a great thing. The other day I was watching the townhall meetings he had in California, and he REALLY is a born teacher, and that is what our country needs right now. I think it is so important for people to understand what is going on right now. So many "news" outlets aren't educational, they are inflammatory because that is what gets ratings. I think that speaking directly to the American people helps us stay informed during these very chaotic times.
babaloo babaloo 8 years
Obama needs to put a sock in it. He's already won the election. Time to slide out of campaign mode and figure out how to govern. The guy is looking increasingly narcissistic.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
not that it's a mandate, i don't think that the networks should HAVE to change their schedule - it's just one of those things that you know that they will. it's a ratings thing - people do tend to tune into the president's speeches. it's just annoying sometimes when there's really nothing else on - thank goodness for cable if you don't really want to listen to the pres.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
Love Obama but think that as long as one or two networks show it I dont they should ALL have to.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think it's safe to say that the state of the times has a lot to do with the Network decision to give in to the request. I can remember a couple of times that President Bush was allowed the same privilege so it isn't exclusively an Obama phenomena. Hey as long as I still get my Idol I'm a happy man. GO LiL!! Go Adam!! YAY!!!
piper23 piper23 8 years
No, Matt's the piano guy that kind of looks like Justin Timberlake. He is very talented and the judges are finally beginning to realize it. He kicked butt this week.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Oooh, Team! You're going to want to ass pisspoor to your list of words that you star! Sorry, I figured that you'd already have that!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
notinthemood, apparently since he chose such a pisspoor press secretary, Obama has decided to be his own press secretary instead of running the country. ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Matts the blind one?
em1282 em1282 8 years
Piper, I am ALL about the Matt this season. Loved him from his first audition and have been rooting for him ever since. Can't wait til he puts out a CD!
stephley stephley 8 years
It's NOT a speech, it's a news conference. People can watch reporters ask questions and hear Obama's answers without any reporter input or deletions - no filtering. The networks can decide based on their own interests and what they think their viewers want.
piper23 piper23 8 years
em, which contestant?! I like Matt, he's my darkhorse.
em1282 em1282 8 years
"I don't know why the networks are complaining...they don't HAVE to put the speech on. If they don't want to and make a business decision not to then they are allowed to do that. They ask them to show it (and they always have) but if they want to say no then they should stand up and say no. Also, people don't HAVE to watch it...if you don't want to then turn off the TV and go outside or read a book for an hour. Why is this a big deal? It's one hour of TV! " Yup. I know my local WGN station never has any news conferences on, so...whatevs. I also fail to see how he's just using his "celebrity" for a news conference. But to each his own. I am bummed about Idol being bumped forward a day, since I love one of the contestants this year. Shallow, yes, but true.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Unfortunately for Obama, his Press Secretary sucks.
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
Why is our president on TV so much? Stop news conferencing and pay more attention to your real job... you have a press secretary for a reason!
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