ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox Show Their Pro-Republican Bias By Refusing To Air Obama Speech


networks refuse to air obama immigration speech

ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox revealed their pro-Republican bias by dreaming up a dubious Republican talking point based reason to not televise President Obama’s ten-minute speech announcing his immigration executive orders.

The White House went to the television networks to request ten minutes of airtime for Obama’s speech and were turned down. An administration official told Politico, “In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 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.”


The networks originally tried to claim that the president never requested the airtime. When that excuse was quickly exposed as false, the networks deemed the president’s speech overtly political, “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]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”

What the networks are willfully ignoring is that there was already a bipartisan immigration bill passed in the Senate that John Boehner refuses to allow a vote on. There is vast bipartisan agreement on immigration. The networks decided to ignore the bipartisan consensus and use a Republican talking point as the basis for their decision not to grant the president the airtime that he requested.

Previous presidents have never had a problem getting the networks to give them primetime airtime. Only in the case of Obama have the networks deemed his actions overtly political.

The truth is that the networks have created the myth of “winter finale” in order to boost their ratings. The networks are advertising the last new episodes of their top shows before the holiday hiatus as “winter finales.” The winter finale is nothing more than an advertising gimmick. The holiday break has existed for decades in primetime network television. The networks didn’t want to mess with their gimmick by giving the president ten minutes.

It is shameful that the networks have decided not to inform their viewers. The corporate run broadcast networks are acting like the airwaves belong to them. It is long past time for the networks to be reminded that the airwaves belong to the American people, not the corporations. If the networks refuse to do their civic duty, they need to be held accountable.

The only overtly political about the networks’ decision not to show Obama’s speech was the reasoning behind it. Democrats need to understand that the media is not fair and objective. The networks are being run by corporations who are ideologically in lockstep with the Republican platform. The corporations support the Republican idea that they are not only people, but they are people who are entitled to a higher place in society.

While it is possible that the networks are throwing a tantrum over the White House decision to make the announcement of the speech on Facebook, a more realistic answer is that the corporate controlled broadcast media has decided that a presidential speech is not newsworthy.

Obama and the Democrats have been calling out the billionaires and corporations. Ignoring Obama’s major immigration announcement is a way for conservative corporate run broadcast media to fight back. Our free press has been corporatized, and the American people are the ones who are suffering.

82 Replies to “ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox Show Their Pro-Republican Bias By Refusing To Air Obama Speech”

  1. I watch on PBS. It’s where I got most of the best content broadcasted anyway. I deleted CBS from my channel listings, and I am thinking about removing ABC next.

  2. what is this country coming too when the President of the United States is denied the right to free speech. Maybe it’s time for the revolution to start time to take back america

  3. UniVision will be carrying it… to a wildly enthusiastic audience of Latin Grammies . …and that’s the audience he needs to reach. It’ll have the psychological force of an “Emancipation Proclamation”… And that’s the GOPper’s worst fear come true.

  4. This is only the beginning of the takeover of the media by the Kochs and other cancerous special interests. It is imperative that we do our own research to stay informed , and I fear that many of us have become too lazy and too complacent to do so. We have only just begun to pay for our negligence and nonchalance. I’m sure they have not given up on the idea of controlling the internet, either. They will continue to search for a way to usurp all means of impartial communication. Let the sleeping dogs awaken![wink]

  5. I am a little surprised by NBC, MSNBC is running the speech

    This is good for fox viewers though, they dont have to get educated

  6. LMFAO, why is anybody surprised?? the media is corporate run, contrary to our brain dead republican sheepie! the media isn’t, I repeat, ISN’T liberal. OMG!! EVERYTHING the GOP talks about is a bald face LIE!! Anyone with COMMON sense would clearly see american media leans FIRMLY “RIGHT”!! PROOF? why on the sunday political shows are the same republican sock puppets constantly on back to back to BACK!?? I’m sick of seeing linsey graham and john mccain making goo goo eyes at each on face nation, meet the press etc. etc ETC!! I’m goin to blow up my television if I see dick cheney crawl out his coffin with his fantasy world BULL$HIT!! LIBERAL media lol WHERE????

  7. The networks have denied the President’s request to air his speech because it is “overtly political”?

    Then what the hell is faux news and Meet the press, with Chucky, “its not my job to call out the [politicians] lies” Todd and Joe, so far out in right field you can’t find him, Scarborough. If they aren’t “overtly political” for the right-wing I don’t know what is.

    A pox on all their houses. Karma, when it occurs, is going to be a beach.

  8. Not only will it not be seen by most people, but they’ll only hear the spin coming from hate media.

    Prepare for another round of white men tantrums, similar to when ACA was passed.

  9. @Sharon, I live in Michigan, home of the UAW, and in 2009 ALL liberal media was taken off the air!! Theres 100’s of conservative outlet here but progressive stations? ZERO! I have to use I TUNES to get progressive radio via NEW MEXICO Talk 1260, the republicans OWN the microphone!! they rigged the game as usual!! and I keep asking people, where is the democratic party?? wheres the push back??? the democratic party loves sending us emails BEGGING for money! but why can’t the democratic party COMMUNICATE the issues to the people?? republicans CONTROL the message!!

  10. Msnbc will carry it.

    The corporate media is too greedy to allow prime time viewing to be interupted by the president………..follow the money. Them saying it’s political is a lying excuse.

    They also know the repubs have disrespected this president so much over the past 6 years that they can get away with this crap.

    Remember the dixie chicks and what they went through for dissing bush’s war? Look how things have changed.

    And the repubs think people should now respect them? They are nuts!

  11. The dumbing down of America sanctioned by the three Networks. By their calculus—Most Americans are only interested in Reality shows, game shows, action dramas, sports, comedy, and their info-mercials.
    A little educating and civic oriented themes are taboo, apparently. No wonder if you ask the average American about subjects like immigration, climate change, global warming, Ebola, ISIS, voter suppression, the Pipeline, Congressional gridlock, Republican dysfunctionality,the ACA/Obamacare, What’s the difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, Obama’s accomplishments, they are in the DARK; you get {Blank stares} or downright ignorant answers… These topics are not relevant, it seems. So, the Networks prefers to feed them fantasy. Lawd help us.

  12. I have to disagree with you. This is not the first time the networks have declined to cover an announcement by the President. They did it to Regan in 1982, 1986 and 1988 for example. They declined to air a request from George H.W. Bush in 1992. In 1993 and 1995 Clinton was declined air coverage. And this also isn’t the first time they’ve declined to cover Obama. This isn’t showing a bias towards the Republicans. It’s been done before, which was a bad decision, and it will be done again and will still be a bad decision and it’s a bad decision today.

  13. I can understand fox not running the Presidents speech as they are not a NEWS station but when did Murdoch purchase ABC NBC and CBS?

  14. How is this a free speech issue? President Obama is free to make the speech. On the other hand the news outlets (the press) are also free to choose to not publish (air) the speech.

    I agree it’s a chickenshit move by the news outlets but in no way is it a violation or abuse of anyone’s constitutional rights.

    Hyperbole is seldom helpful in adult conversations.

  15. We are all complaining about this, is anybody writing to the networks and telling THEM what you think of this?

  16. Jason needs to do a little research. He claim that, “previous presidents have never had a problem getting the networks to give them primetime airtime. Only in the case of Obama have the networks deemed his actions overtly political,” is nonsense. Reagan was denied ( Clinton, W., etc. This is not unique to Obama.

    Also, if you look at media support of political parties, it favors Democrats, not Republicans.

  17. Left against Right, right against left….how about you all pop your heads out and see what he’s doing to the U.S.A! Name one good thing he’s done to better our country. Instead of fighting each other we should be fighting for America! But stupid looks accurate so far!

  18. Stop seeing Boogey Men everywhere! I’m a bleeding heart Liberal but even I know that networks don’t want to interrupt regular broadcasting every time the President’s on air at the risk of losing viewers and advertising $$.

  19. It’s good MSNBC will air it, that means no one will see it and the talking heads can get a tingly feeling running up their leg while Chris Matthews is pivot!!! Bwahahahahaha!!! Dixie who?

  20. Not televising the President of The United States speech? Such disrespect. It is time for white people in this country to put a stop to this type of carrying on. The black people can’t do it! White people have to do it! Take care of your business!

  21. No. Sedition would be the perpetual obstruction by the republicans, or the advocating of an armed revolt against Obama or the federal government.

  22. I learned long ago to watch such presentations on c-span. They plop a camera in front of whoever is speaking and film it, period.

    So much more informative than yappity pundits and commentators on commercial stations so entranced with their own brilliance that they actually talk over speeches and announcements.

  23. Wrong. The Fairness Doctrine was repealed by a vote of the Federal Communications Commission–not by an executive order. And frankly, I agree–government has no business dictating to any news media what they will or will not cover, or how they will cover it.

    Just remember how karma works–if you think it’s bad now just having Faux Noise, think of how it would be if somehow a teabagger was elected President, and took complete control of the TV news business?

    I’m amazed at the whining and crying I’m seeing in these comments. If you people are the new progressives or liberals, we’re in deep trouble in 2016. People like you are the reason we got beat this year–too much whining, not enough action.

    Besides, we already know what the President is going to say–so what’s the point?

  24. NBC was always my network of choice until recently when I noticed Brian Williams and Chuck Todd carrying on about the President having such a low approval rating. I was thinking 40% was pretty good. They were acting as if it was -0 NBC news is not watched by me any longer. CBS is not wonderful but I do find it to be more fair to the President. I agree with many of you. The Democrats need to spend less time begging for money and more time getting their agenda out there. It sickens me to see the United States turn into Kock nation.

  25. Do what Toby did in the West Wing- tell them they don’t own the airwaves and if they don’t air the president’s speech, the Justice Department will investigate all of them.

  26. @Alan,
    How would a “teabagger” President be able to take complete control of the TV news business if there WERE a Fairness Doctrine? Isn’t that what the Doctrine, in theory, is supposed to prevent? To do the damage you imagine, wouldn’t he or she have to get rid of the Doctrine?

    It seems to me you are arguing against the antidote for the thing you say you fear. Am I not getting it…?

  27. What would you like to bet that the networks will have no problem with airing the Republican response to the President’s announcement?

  28. Sorry, but the KOCH brothers are not the ones with ties to about 30 news organizations! THAT is THE DEMOCRAT GEORGE SOROS, NOT THE KOCH BROTHERS! And all you have to do is look at how many of the higher-ups in the Big 3 are MARRIED TO DC DEMOCRATS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION! LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF! Also, GEORGE SOROS is MUCH worse and richer than the KOCH brothers, I ASSURE YOU! Look up this article to see what YOU ALL ARE SO NAIVE ABOUT!

  29. Didn’t check the FCC yet (good idea) but the networks have contact methods at the bottom of their sites. I sent off one to each ABC, NBC, CBS,(fox is irrelevant) protesting the lack of coverage and notifying them of my intent to boycott them. I know it’s like pissing in the ocean but it made me feel good.

  30. If it’s available in your area, try Al Jazeera America. You will see some familiar faces and you will see news from bureaus where Fox and other networks only use non-employee stringers. The in depth reporting is superior, whether covering U.S. news stories or inter

  31. How ironic that you use a piece from Fox to support your claim. They have been repeatedly found to have the most instances of dishonest reporting and three separate university sponsored studies have found that regular Fox viewers are, by far, the least well informed of any of the news channels’ viewers. You don’t know what you don’t know, KB. (Does KB stand for Koch Brothers? LOL)

  32. Media ownership has always been Republican. Back when FDR was president, the reporters mostly liked him but the editorial stances of the major papers continued to be Republican.

  33. Jill, this is an important issue. The media has been full of the GOP anti-immigration hysteria for months now. The media should give the President of the United States ten minutes to present the specifics of his executive order. By tomorrow morning, distorted reports of it will fill the airwaves in order to incite the idiot masses. Frankly, I’d much rather here what President Obama has to say.

  34. I read through quite a few comments before I found the “racism” issue brought up. What took so long??? I agree with several of the commentors in that the President has a right to request air time, but the stations also have the right to deny the request. I disagree; however, that the media is Republican-leaning. It has been proven that the MSM does not carry any stories that are negative toward this occupant of the White House. And, how short the memories of the Left. When Bush (#43) was in office, he was dogged just as much by the media. It’s time for all of us to stand up as Americans, not Dems or Repubs and move this country in the right direction. We have a Constitution that needs to be followed, not ignored. Obama took an oath to defend this Constitution, not violate its contents and do whatever he wants to without accountability. Perhaps the media is not covering this speech because he never stops giving speeches and just gets caught in lies.

  35. The reason bush was dogged, as you put it, was because of the colossal f@ck ups that happen under his watch. Lied us into a war which the media carried his water till it was so bad they couldn’t ignore it and under republican rule they almost killed the world economy. Now I know you don’t remember that along with the torture, the failure to get Bin Laden etc.. so you cant logically compare the two.

    Now I understand providing 63 months of positive economic growth, cutting the unemployment rate in half, record stock market returns etc.. is a bad thing in your eyes I can see where you are coming from

  36. Only partially right Alan, you whiner. It was repealed by the FCC lead by a then Reagan apointee. Get your damn facts staright before you post and call others whiners. With all the crap thrown at Obama since the beginning, we have a damn right to gripe. Don’t like it? them damn well go to another site and post your crap there

  37. And another thing Alan.. when did Obama DEMAND his speech be aired? Hmm? Right he didn’t. Hey, your bias is showing and now you’re just making things up.

  38. The corporate controlled broadcast media has decided that an important 10 minute immigration speech by President Obama is not newsworthy.

    Immigration speeches by Ronald Reagan, George H.W.Bush and George W. Bush?

    Why, no problem.

    We all know the real reason. don’t we.

  39. Twitter handles:

    • ABC: 212-456-7777; @abcnetwork
    • CBS: 212-975-4321; @cbs
    • NBC: 212-664-4444; @nbc

    • FOX: 310-369-3553; @foxtv

  40. Woo wee, the big bad George Soro taking all of the right-wing tea-bagger radio shows off the air.

    Something needs to be done.

  41. And Jill, the distorted reports are already airing on television. A local affiliate of one of the major networks is showing GOP Congressional members “responding” to President Obama’s speech at — 5:15 pm — here in Michigan. Frankly I’d rather here what the president has to say. Attacking his remarks before they’re made is more than just a little political, don’t you think?

  42. The report I heard on 11/19/14, said the administration did not request any time from these 4 networks.
    That makes more sense to me, anyway. NBC, ABC and CBS bend over backwards for this administration, why would they not give him time.

  43. So not true. You, obviously, did not read this piece or any other sources for the facts.

    The White House requested ten minutes of airtime for President Obama’s speech and were turned down.

    Here are a couple of tidbits that you would be well to follow:

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    Proverbs 17:28: “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

    Oh, and stop watching Fox. Watching just rots the brain by killing the brain cells.

  44. So, this article claims that the TV networks belong to the American people and not corporations. Um, I’m sorry, but what? The TV networks are for profit corporations who belong to their shareholders, and they only worry about their advertisers. TV is not an American right. I can’t believe an adult actually wrote this article. The GOVERNMENT, on the other hand, is supposed to belong to the American people and not corporations. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been true for a very long time.

  45. He’s just another dumb right-winger who doesn’t have a freaking clue about how the real world works dj. God those people are just plain stupid. I used to not say things like this, but I’m fed up with the right wing and their know-nothing idiots ruining America.

  46. See how Brainwashed the RightWing is?
    I have a family member who has FOX on all day…I hear the full time Bashing of our sitting President, the twisting of truth, and the outright Lies of Omission.

    It’s “the Louis Powell Memo”!

    If we can’t get the Fairness Doctrine…
    There must be a similar Act, A Fact-Check type concept.
    They have been told Soros is spending more than Kochs…but their not gonna look it up to find the truth.

    The Koch’s fund and control coast to coast RightWing Radio:

    With Citizens United it’s now all out of control…They are formatting PURE HATRED!
    Dis-harmony in a nation can be devastating!

    Hitler himself would be in awe of this much CITIZENS UNITED PROPAGANDA POWER!
    The Brainwashing of My Dad:

  47. Let the President speak and let the people decide…for crying out loud. Shame on the networks for not having any respect

  48. In some comments I read in this thread is appalling to me. The FCC should not have allowed Brian Williams and other news outlets to remind people that OUR PRESIDENT wanted to communicate with American People when they were going to take our right away from seeing OUR PRESIDENT on TV. This may not be a legal issue but certainly speaks volumes about how these under regulated non tax paying corporations feel about the American People. No more ABC, CBS, NBC in our house. We don’t allow stupid in our House so FOX is not invited nor watched.

  49. Wow, when did ABC, NBC and CBS turn conservative or even moderate. Must have happened during the day today!!

  50. folks, I have been saying this for months now. it is really shocking. msnbc and nbc are no longer democrat and liberal friendly. sadly, the billionaire who owns those two news entities is a diehard republican and conservative zealot. his influence has finally saturated nbc and msnbc. the billionaires really do own the media, don’t they?

  51. Surely you jest? The Obama admin did not ask the major networks to cover his immigration speech.

    Administration officials put out feelers this week and determined that the networks would be reluctant to hand over the air time, during sweeps, so the officials decided not to formally request it from ABC, NBC, and CBS.

    Those requests, when made by the White House, are essentially always granted.

    Rather, the White House chose to carefully orchestrate the timing of the speech to reach the audience to whom they are pandering. The administration chose Thursday night because of Univision’s planned telecast of the Latin Grammys.

    The live telecast attracts an unusually high number of latin viewers to Univision, and Univision agreed to set aside about ten minutes for Obama’s address.

    That’s the fact!! There is no “Republican bias” among the major networks as they have shown themselves to be sycophantic Obama devotees, and dedicated to liberal causes and candidates, for d…

  52. We African / Americans are a family and it is time that we begin working toward our own family’s interests. The idea that, “Charity begins at home” is not separatism nor selfishness. The neglecting of ourselves and relying on others to provide for us nurtures that negative perception other families have of our community.

    To me this is a two fold situation, yes I feel the Black Family should be financing our on images, businesses, schools, health and senior citizen facilities, etc., but then there is the struggle to get out into Their controlled industry. But too, to many of our Black Achievers are to busy trying to Fit-in.

    Before Affirmative Action

  53. tom shanahan, your argument is flawed. We all have the right to free speech in the U.S., even the President. It doesn’t mean we have the right to force people to listen.

  54. Gee…I wonder what these universities’ political persuasion is? Do you really expect any liberal-leaning “scientific” report to be unbiased? If so, you should check yourself…and the facts. It might be comforting for you to believe that Fox News viewers are dumber than your typical MSNBC viewers. I don’t know. But, underestimating your political enemies is always fatal in the long run!

  55. I am not of African descent. However, I believe I see the biggest challenge facing your “family” for generations to come. I know that prejudice plays a roll in limiting opportunities for your people. It always has, and perhaps it always will. However, the greatest threat is is the government’s role in the degeneration of the black family. When fathers are removed from their children’s lives, they suffer. Lack of positive male role models, lack of stability, and less economic opportunity, all play a role in a child’s self-worth, or lack thereof. The welfare programs have perpetuated, and aggravated these injuries to the black community (and other communities, as well). When welfare was first instituted in this country, the very first criterion was that no husband, nor the father of your children, could stay at home. Then, having additional children was rewarded, and still is! This violates every rule of personal responsibility. Until this behavior changes, nothing else will change!

  56. Wrong, Jason. The Obama administration did not ask them to air the speech. They DID ask Univision to do so.

    And come on – ABC, CBS, and NBC haven’t leaned Republican for maybe 50 years. [wink]

  57. Sally, every Presidential immigration speech in the past was aired on all major networks. And your point is well, since the administration didn’t ask, they didn’t air it? Yea right…..President Obama’s historical Immigration speech was aired on local affiliates defying their corporate masters….others put it up on their web sights knowing it was blatantly wrong!
    The disrespect is obvious.

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