NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – Three of the four broadcast networks had yet to decide late Monday whether they would carry President Bush’s speech on Iraq Tuesday in front of soldiers in Fort Bragg, N.C. By then, only ABC had said it would carry the address.
The White House formally requested an hour of primetime at 8 p.m. ET for Bush’s speech at a time when public opinion polls show the tide turning against the war in Iraq. While there was no question that the cable news channels would cover the president’s address, the broadcast networks were a tougher sell.
I mean, it’s not as if we’re right in the middle of fighting a war or anything, right? Why would networks who broadcast on airwaves owned by the public, need to broadcast a speech by a wartime President anyhow? That’s just old, bring stuff, isn’t it? Besides, the networks have money to make. They can’t waste their time on stupid public-servie stuff like using the airwaves they don’t own to broadcast a one-hour speech telling us what’s going on in the war.
And we wonder why America doesn’t feel any sense of urgency about the war…