Network TV says no to Obama

The Fox television network – NOT Fox News – has turned down President Obama’s request to air his primetime address. The other three major networks will carry it on Wednesday – on the occasion of Obama’s 100 days in office.

I thought the networks were required to carry things like this? I had no idea it was a voluntary option.

I think it would be a fascinating idea to do a story about how many times in recent history networks have refused to carry presidential addresses, what the law actually is about this, and whether the refusals have become more or less common. Back in my feature reporting days, this would have been the first thing I would have proposed to my editors today.


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