Fox won’t show Obama’s news conference


Fox has decided not to broadcast President Barack Obama’s 100th-day press conference Wednesday night. The network will stick with its scheduled line-up of Lie to Me followed by the American Idol results show. ABC, CBS and NBC, along with a multitude of cable networks, will carry the press conference live.

According to a statement from Fox, “The Fox Broadcasting Company will not air the Presidential News Conference on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 PM (ET). Fox’s sister networks, Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, will air the press conference in its entirety. Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.”

Obama is not the first president ignored by Fox. In 2001, the network didn’t air President Bush’s speech. Three years later, all major broadcasters declined to show Bush’s speech on Iraq.

Well, if you count Obama’s State of the Union address in February, this will mark the fourth time he’s interrupted primetime TV schedule.

By shifting or rescheduling their normal programming, networks stand to lose an estimated $10 million-plus in advertising revenue.

Last week Fox scored high ratings with American Idol results show so that might also explain their decision.