President Donald Trump will make his first ever address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, to talk about immigration issues and continue his temper tantrum over border wall funding.
All of the major networks have now said that they will provide coverage of the address. NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and Fox all said on Monday that they had agreed to preempt their programming for the White House’s request for air time. Cable news networks CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will cover live also.
Following the news that the networks would air the address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement saying they should be given time to respond.
“Now that the 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,” Pelosi and Schumer said.
Well said and well played, Nancy and Chuck.
Joe Lockhart, the former White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton, has a brilliant idea as well:
“Some advice — demand to see the text in advance and if it is not truthful either don’t air it or fact check it live on lower third. And cut away if he goes off text and starts lying.”