FOX: "Lie To Me" Yes, Obama No

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox became the first broadcast network to turn down a request by President Barack Obama for time, opting to show its drama "Lie to Me" on Wednesday instead of the president's prime-time news conference.

Fox will direct viewers interested in the news conference to Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, which will both carry it. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC are all carrying the 8 p.m. EDT event, on Obama's 100th day in office.

This will be Obama's third prime-time news conference as president, a schedule that has caused some private grumbling among network executives. Carrying a news conference costs the four broadcast networks an estimated $10 million-plus in lost advertising revenue.

Yet with an economy in distress, two wars and now a swine flu outbreak, the pressure on networks to agree to Obama's request as a public service is enormous.

Executives at Fox, owned by News Corp., would not comment on the decision Monday. It's not without precedent for the network; Fox didn't carry a prime-time speech by President George W. Bush in November 2001 despite a request from the White House.

"I can't imagine it was politically motivated," said Shelly Palmer, industry analyst and host of "MediaBytes," a daily show about technology and the media. "I'm assuming it was financially motivated."

The news conference comes at the start of a ratings "sweeps" months, where viewership is watched closely to set local advertising rates. Not only will Fox keep its advertising for the hour, it will offer the only broadcast entertainment program, potentially giving a boost to the new series "Lie to Me," about a crime-fighting expert who can spot liars. "American Idol" follows "Lie to Me" on the schedule.

The Fox broadcast network was the most likely to have made this decision. Unlike ABC, CBS and NBC, Fox does not have its own news division to analyze the event. Even though the broadcast network is in more homes, cable's Fox News Channel traditionally gets more viewers for its coverage of these events than the Fox network.

An executive at one of the three other broadcasters, who asked for anonymity because the conversations were private, said that network's executives had expressed concern to the White House about the frequency of prime-time news conferences and the financial sacrifice they were making in carrying the event. The executive said it was hoped the administration would show more flexibility in working with networks to find the best times to schedule the events.

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  • by David Location: Kinston on Jun 14, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    Obama is a lying Muslim.The black community had better wise up and understand that he doesn't give a rats a** about them either.The man has a destructive agenda for America.
  • by Anonymous Location: Plymouth on May 6, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    WCN: Fine, I'll agree to disagree. We do agree that the partisan bickering is at a disastrous level in Washington. Like you, I'm no party hack and try very hard to recognize when the Right is wrong and, according to some of my friends and family, see the other side to a fault sometimes. Good and honest people can disagree about a lot of issues. The problem is that there are so few good and honest people in politics. Hey, I almost resent being called your "elder". I'm barely older than you. I'm glad you gave your parents the credit for raising you to be a respectful, responsible, intelligent man. I love your mom to pieces and hope she's doing well. Afterall, she introduced me to my husband.
  • by Luke Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 5, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    We saw a pick up in the stock's price from mid March until late April, then over the past few sessions the stock's price has exploded to the upside on reports that China's infrastructure spending has picked up massively and that communist country is on a quicker pace of recovery than the U.S.A people, does that say something about the idiots in Washington when the communist run country and they can 'stimulate' their economy quicker than we can? Obama's He was on TV eating Hamburgers today with his VP. I hope you all can get jobs? Maybe should waterboard all the tax cheats he hired
  • by Wash Co Native Location: MD on May 5, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Anon....I had typed 3 paragraphs, all of which had included responses to each and everything you said in those last two posts. I've just now deleted them and I'm going to stop. This is not a concession, nor a lack of education on the matter... Im educated, successful, I prosper, I'm happy and more importantly, I have common sense that helped get me here. Reguardless of how I feel or how you feel, things are what they are. Greed and more greed got us here. Not any one person nor any one party or idea. That is a fact. I credit where I grew up and who raised me for my success. I am not boastful about it, quite humble actually. This is why I'm just not going to continue this, as D/R debates tend to lead down a path of getting just downright nasty. I'm sure you must be an "elder" to me, so with that in mind and not knowing you I stop. I appreciate your duly noted kindness to me and respectful banter. Not easy obviously to come by in these East NC blogs without hate spewing out.
  • by Anonymous Location: Plymouth on May 5, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    Our infrastructure here is not "crumbling". Sure, there are some things in disrepair, but you make it sound like we don't have electricity and running water. As a businessman, you have to know that you could do more with your business, buy more buses, hire more drivers, whatever... if you paid less in taxes. It's a proven fact that when tax rates go down, revenue to the government goes up. Raising taxes depresses the activity that is being taxed and therefore decreases revenue. Honestly, do you think it's fair for the money you earned to be taken from you and given away to "charities" not of your choosing. So far, the government hand outs have not gone to any of the "little guys" that you are advocating for. Every penny of it has gone to the big corporate bad guys that you think are the problem. Obama has the gift of being able to say to the American people "Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?" and too many people believe him.
  • by Anonymous Location: Plymouth on May 5, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    WCN: I'm not here to defend spending under the Bush administration, but if they took any liberties with the constitution it was to protect this country from another terrorist attack, at which they succeeded for 7 years. They clearly knew who in the world were our friends and who were our enemies. I disagree with the blank check that Pres Bush gave Congress during his term, but disagree more with the blank check that the Dems in Congress are giving Pres Obama now. No one believes in useless wars and death, but sorry to point it out, Obama hasn't changed any of that. April was the deadliest month in Iraq since last Sept and the troop surge in Afghanistan under Obama has also created a death surge there, but have you heard the daily death toll on the news since Jan 20th? No. And where in the constitution does it give the US Pres the right to own/control private companies or transfer ownership to his campaign contributors, the UAW? Wait, I have more...
  • by Wash Co Native Location: MD on May 5, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Anon, you must know me in some fashion that is greater than just a passerby in the community. I'm guessing you were either a teacher or a parent of a friend. I understand the local buffoonery in politics of the area. I dont think some of those in office know what a party or their beliefs are much less run any office successfully. Its just about "local" power. I identify myself the way I do because I believe in helping the small guy out, I mean lets face it, I wasnt a rich person....I dont believe in useless wars and death and all that goes along with that. Useless spending in Iraq and our infrastructure is crumbling here. Im not a hardliner, I am my own person with my own beliefs. I dont need a party to dictate that to me. I believe our constitution has been put into jeopardy with things in the last 8 years. I am NOT about free handouts, but I'm also not about watching people starve in our own country through no fault of their own. GREED got us where we are today not R or D.
  • by To Wash Co Native Location: Plymouth on May 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    As for the policies, seems like you are speaking more about the federal level and I'm speaking of the local level. There has been some change in federal leadership over the years, due to term limits and shifting public opinion, which causes a healthy ebb and flow politically. Locally, there hasn't been any change in leadership as long as I've lived here. I know you to be a good and responsible person and wonder how you can identify so easily with Democrats on any level other than social policy. I think that you exemplify the benefits of freedom, liberty, equality, personal responsibility, and that the only reason you identify yourself as a Dem is because you think of Republicans as a bunch of old white Christians who hate people different from them. It's simply not true. Most of us are kind and accepting of others, while remaining firm in our beliefs. Scandal is bi-partisan. Keep in mind that Conservatism does not equal the Rep party does not equal the Christian Right. 3 diff things.
  • by Wash Co Native Location: MD on May 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    Well Anon, I am a Democrat, a business owner for 15 years and a tax payer. I also own property in NC and pay my taxes there as well. I havent fared any better under Repub leadership or Dem leadership and both have been in control while I've been in business. My issue is more geared towards frustration in the things I read that people at home and in the general area post. I understand where religion and morals come into play, but neither really and truly meant anything in the end. By that I mean, the Republicans in 04 went on this major religious spree scaring people into voting, yet in still these same people have been brought out in tons of scandal. I grew up in a church and never knew the people around me and in the area could use politics and hatred and "social ills" as a weapon. Who cares about ones race, or sexuality...that is for you and God to pan out, no one else, not one soul. So after reading alot of posts here and elsewhere from home I'm disgusted how people feel.
  • by To Wash Co. Native Location: Plymouth on May 5, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    Sorry I mentioned your name, but I actually do not know any other way of contacting you. I just recognized your bio. I didn't mention your last name so I'm sure most people still don't know your secret identity. I will try to answer your question though. "why is Eastern NC so economically/financially in ruins?" A large part of the reason is because these counties are all run by Democrats. Minority focused social entitlement programs have bankrupted this area and taxes are such that few businesses want to locate here. I agree with you, we live in a beautiful place but like every other place that is dominated by Democratic political policy, it is rapidly on the way to ruin. There are a lot of good people here and there are also many hypocritical, racist, homophobe people here. Same as where you live. You see it more on an anonymous blog site because people can speak the truth about certain legitimate social ills without being excoriated and called one of those names I mentioned.

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