No Foxtrot on Obama’s dance card for healthcare speech
Bad things come in threes… three strikes and you’re out… the third time’s a charm…
Which one of those applies to Fox refusing for the third time to change its primetime programming to carry a speech by President Barack Obama?
It could be three strikes, but it’s unclear who’s out.
Fox, owned by Rupert Murdoch and the channel of choice for the former Bush administration, says it won’t be dancing to Obama’s tune. Turns out that’s the evening for the season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Fox has directed viewers who want to watch Obama instead of “Dance” to its Fox News cable outlet.
THIS JUST IN: We asked Mark Knoller of CBS, the White House press corp’s trusted keeper of all statistics that matter, for stats on Obama TV interviews.
We of course were wondering whether there was any connection to be made between the number of Obama interviews and Fox not making room in primetime for his speech.
But the numbers don’t add up to any conclusion like that. Since Obama took office he has given four interviews to Fox and its affiliates, statistics guru Knoller says. That compares with 25 interviews spread among ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN out of a total 114 interviews given. So, looks about even on the TV interview front.
Photo credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif (couple in dance competition that included foxtrot)