Obama asked for free April Fool's Day prime time network slot to celebrate ObamaCare enrollment
Conflating the announcement of the questionable numbers offered up as “enrollment” statistics for Obamacare with a message of grave national concern, the Obama administration asked the three broadcast networks for free prime time for an address to the nation. The networks, whether out of greed (they would have lost revenues from commercials) or good sense, turned him down flat.
Buzzfeed broke the story:
…network officials refused to make the kind of accommodation they did previously for the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, for instance, and Obama was left instead cutting into the much smaller audiences ofEllen and other daytime shows.
Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the primetime slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging roll out and, more important, to try to reintroduce the country to a law that remains unpopular. One top White House official referred BuzzFeed to another top official for comment on the conversation with networks, but the second official did not respond to a request for comment.
So the propaganda effort was instead diverted into a daytime speech in the Rose Garden before a hastily-assembled cheering crowd, featuring Joe Biden as comic relief.
It must have either desperation or arrogance – likely both, come to think of it – that led
Valerie Jarrett the president to think that his spiking the ball rated commandeering the airwaves in the same manner as a declaration of war or a response to a terror attack. The swift rebuke shows how out of touch this crowd really is.