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Pod Save America Bro Omits Facts About TV Networks Not Airing Obama’s 2014 Oval Speech

Jon Favreau, President Obama’s former speechwriter and a host of the liberal podcast “Pod Save America,” tweeted his complaints about TV networks Monday night.

By NTK Staff | 01.08.2019 @1:15pm
Pod Save America Bro Omits Facts About TV Networks Not Airing Obama’s 2014 Oval Speech

President Obama’s former speechwriter and current host of the podcast “Pod Save America,” Jon Favreau, tweeted his displeasure Monday night that TV networks might air President Trump’s immigration speech Tuesday evening.

His reasoning? In 2014, the major TV networks did not air one of Obama’s immigration addresses. He cites a Politico Playbook story from Nov. 20, 2014 to back up his claim. The Playbook story reads:

BROADCAST NETS won’t carry the address. A network insider tells Playbook: “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.”

And while it’s true that the broadcast networks did not air that speech, what the former Obama official is conveniently leaving out of his tweets is the fact that the Obama White House did not formally request air time from the networks:

But administration officials put out feelers this week and determined that the networks would be reluctant to hand over the air time, 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.)

And while the Obama administration would no doubt have enjoyed the free air time, their target audience that night was Spanish-language news channels Univision and Telemundo (h/t Elliot Schwartz):

The White House declined to comment on the speech scheduling process, but the administration may have honed in on Thursday night because of Univision’s planned telecast of the Latin Grammys.

The live telecast attracts an unusually high number of viewers to Univision, just like the English-language Grammys do, and Univision agreed to set aside about ten minutes for Obama’s address.

Telemundo, the country’s other prominent Spanish-language broadcaster, will also carry it live.

So while the “Pod Save America” bros feign outrage that the major TV networks skipped an Obama address, remember: the Obama White House never officially requested the networks cover the speech. Trump’s White House did, and the networks are indeed covering it. Why? Because as CNN said in 2014, “Those requests, when made by the White House, are essentially always granted.”

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