Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fox prefers 'Lie to Me' over Obama presser

Entertainment Weekly:
The Fox network announced today that it will not air President Barack Obama's primetime news conference this Wednesday at 8pm (ET), and will air the regularly scheduled drama Lie to Me instead. It is the first time a major broadcast network has declined Obama's request to break into the primetime broadcasting schedule. Lie to Me viewers will see an on-screen graphic informing them that sister cable networks Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network will air Obama's press conference in its entirety.
Howie P.S.: Analyzing this decision, Entertainment Weekly asks "Fox drops Obama, but is that a big deal?" and concludes the network is not known by viewers for its political content, unlike its "sisters" (Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network). The "network typically comes in dead last in the ratings when it airs presidential interruptions." But what caught my eye was the name of the show that will be seen instead and how it seemed to capture so perfectly the content of the information broadcast by the network's "sisters." For a split second, I thought I was reading something in The Onion.

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