President Donald Trump tweeted today that he will give a national address on the situation on our southern border. He will travel to the area on Thursday.

After hours of  “will they, won’t they” coverage,  the broadcast networks and cable news networks decided they will broadcast Trump on Tuesday night. Only CBS confirmed the broadcast by Monday evening.

However, their decision led to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to demand equal airtime.

From CNN Business:

The major television networks will provide wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump’s prime time address on border security on Tuesday.

NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox broadcast network all said on Monday that they had agreed to the White House’s request for air time.

CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will all carry the address live, as well.

CNN and Fox News had stated that each intended “to air Trump’s address,” but did not confirm it until later. When I wrote this post Monday evening, only CBS confirmed its decision.

But the Democrats want the same amount of airtime. Schumer and Pelosi wrote in a statement that since “television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime.”

*Previous reporting…

Only CBS has chosen to broadcast the address at 9PM ET. The other networks have not commented or decided to do the same.

From CNN Business:

One of the TV executives who spoke to CNN Business confirmed that the White House had requested time for the speech, as is customary in the relationship between a president and the press.

“Time has been requested for 9 p.m. Networks are deliberating,” the network executive said.

Trump is almost certain to go ahead with the address regardless of what the broadcast networks do.

Spokespeople for CNN and Fox News said their networks would air the address. A spokesman for MSNBC said the channel’s coverage plans were “still being discussed.” It would be highly unusual for the cable news networks not to air a presidential prime time address.

Granted it is last minute and networks usually air the winter premieres of their shows. Plus the 9PM slot is usually set for their prime programs.

However, I cannot wonder if they would do this to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. I know it’s not the first time networks have resisted a live broadcast, but something tells me it’s different with Trump.

CNN at least admits it: “With Trump, there are other factors to consider, including his record of deception and his tendency to ramble off script in long speeches.”

Record of deception. My goodness, I am no Trump fan, but find me another president that has always been 100% honest.

I responded to Hennessey that everyone needs to favorite her tweet so we can use it in the future, mainly the part about fact checking and contextualizing the speech. Heritage’s Lyndsey Fifield said:

My friend Kira Davis at Townhall had a few good points:

Financial expert Carol Roth tweeted:

It’s Donald Trump!! People will tune in because they either love or hate him. I’ll probably watch hockey unless the bossman wants me to watch.

 
 
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