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Several Major TV Networks Will Not Be Carrying President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

Several networks will not be carrying President Obama’s prime time address to the nation on immigration. The announcement from the White House says President Obama will speak on the broken immigration system and the steps he’s taking to fix it. President Obama is also expected to announce an executive order that will grant legal status and work permits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants and to keep these undocumented immigrants from deportation. It is scheduled to air from the White House at 8 p.m. East Coast Time on Thursday, November 20th.

Why aren’t the major networks covering Obama’s address? It has been pointed out that November is sweeps month for the major networks, which means shows like the fall finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. are scheduled. Yet, is this the whole story? All the major TV networks aired President George W. Bush’s prime-time address in 2006 announcing national guard troops being deployed at the U.S-Mexican border. Univison is interrupting the airing of the Latin Grammy awards to broadcast President Obama’s speech, yet the major Networks have no plans to air his speech at all. According to Polito’s Playbook, a network insider said there was an agreement among the networks that the speech was too overtly political.

Lauren Powell Jobs thinks that whether one agrees with Obama or not, the immigration system does need reform and is considered by many to be broken. Isn’t an important part of the media’s job is to keep us informed of news and events of major importance? There are options to stay informed online. After the major networks did not show interest in airing the speech the Obama administration went to Facebook to publicize it. Obama’s speech will also be available to view online here.

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