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Networks Plan To Avoid Ann Romney’s Speech

From an amused New York Times:

Limited Convention Broadcasts Shut Out Ann Romney

By JEREMY W. PETERS | Wed August 22, 2012

At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband’s four-day introduction to the nation. But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.

CBS plans instead to show a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.

The networks know how appealing Ann Romney is. They saw it when one of Obama’s flacks, Hilary Rosen, attacked her for never having worked, and she responded perfectly.

So they don’t want to give Ann Romney any more exposure to the American voters. Especially, when they and the rest of the Obama campaign are pushing the lie about the Republican’s ‘War On Women.’

Meanwhile, these are the same networks that carried Michelle Obama’s (long) speech on the opening night of the Democrats’ convention back in 2008. And the same networks that gave her extensive and fawning coverage at every opportunity.]

The networks, which reap considerable advertising dollars even from summer reruns, have told the Romney campaign that they will broadcast an hour of convention coverage on the final three nights — but no more.

Advisers to Mitt Romney, facing a blackout of the opening-night program they fastidiously scripted to soften perceptions of the candidate, are angry…

Gosh those Republicans are Machiavellian.

Four years ago, the conventions were filled with the promise of high drama not seen at a big party gathering in a generation… a speech by the country’s first major-party black presidential nominee… By comparison, the events this year seem to lack the possibility of any electrifying moments.

Add to that the overwhelming sense that the country is in a funk and that the presidential campaign cannot seem to rise above petty insults and blatant distortions, and there is a feeling at many of the news networks that Americans would rather be hearing about something — anything — else

These are the same people who constantly bemoan that the American people are so terribly uninformed about politics.

But they think Obama is ahead in the polls, and they think Romney has been defined by the Obama campaign. And they don’t want to do anything that could rock the boat.

ABC, CBS and NBC are scaling back their televised coverage of both conventions from four years ago, when they went on the air live each night for an hour.

Though there was lengthier coverage and huge ratings in 2008 — both candidates’ speeches drew nearly 40 million viewers, with John McCain’s getting slightly higher ratings…

So it isn’t really about rating after all, is it?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Networks Plan To Avoid Ann Romney’s Speech”

  1. canary says:

    Bring it on. Exactly what I needed on my new endeavor having put a halt in govt class to make new state policies. Will be getting information from Senator, and I’m not the only one complaining. I should thank the NYT is the most used news source in school. Locally, only a liberal free add paper telling you wear the best bars are. But, then our state’s main paper no one buys anymore it’s so liberal having been taken over by a movie maker wanna be. Can’t tick off Hollywood ya know.

  2. canary says:

    I have learned so much knowledge thank to Steve Gilbert’s Sweetness-Light on government, politics, and the growing corruption in the media. And I’ve learned so much from all of you. :) Peace. God Bless You.

  3. untrainable says:

    This may be the first time in American politics that the democrat party is as afraid, if not more afraid, of the wife of the candidate than they are of the candidate himself.

    When they ran out of mud (more like a litle dust) to sling, they started making unfounded accusations. Since that hasn’t worked to their satisfaction, now they are just going to refuse to cover anything Romney/Ryan. The media knows that the more educated the electorate, the slimmer the chances become that their messiah will be re-elected.

    To illustrate, the other day I was watching a show on hulu. Before the show began, I was given a choice of the commercial that I wanted to see. There were 3 choices. How Romney is gutting medicare. How Romney kills with cancer. And how Romney is taking away women’s reproductive organs to make a nice soup. I watch several shows exclusively on hulu, and I have yet to be given a choice that included a pro Romney ad.

    I watched the soup ad. Soup is good food.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and yelling, “I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you!” at the top of their lungs. Or, closing their eyes and saying it doesn’t exist.

    Children….having to deal with children.

  5. Anonymoose says:

    Wow….a re-run of Hawaii Five-O? Really? They couldn’t do any better? And we *know* the entire Democrat convention will be broadcast.

    In the old days when it was network news or CNN this would have worked, but people today will see it on Youtube, Fox, and a multitude of other websites and media.

    I hope the Republicans finally grow a pair and realize that playing fair and nice doesn’t work, not matter what they do or say they’ll be portrayed as big business fat cats so why keep acting like they’re afraid to offend somebody? Make it loud and clear what the media is doing and all the dirty tricks they’re playing and maybe some dim bulb independents will finally open their eyes.

  6. JohnMG says:

    What’s to lose if the GOP locked them out all together? Let the networks explain to their advertisers why they thought such an obvious snub was in order?

    They will broadcast more footage of the protests than they will of the convention anyway, so why should Republicans give them a platform from which to spew their propaganda?

  7. Kaffeesatz says:

    If the Republicans had any spunk, they would pull a bait and switch.

    In a surprise move, have Sarah Palin speak during Ann Romney’s spot. It will not be covered live, so the media won’t be able to set the narrative.

    Then have Ann Romney speak on night two when the networks are already commited to coverage.

    Don’t let the media set the agenda — make them react to you.

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