Fox Nixes Obama's Airtime Request

Network decides Tim Roth trumps president in sweeps programming
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 6:49 AM CDT
President Obama's repeated requests for prime-time coverage have irked some networks, although some say that their government licenses oblige them to carry the conferences as a public service.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Fox is passing on President Obama's news conference tomorrow night in favor of a new episode of Tim Roth’s drama Lie to Me, reports the Los Angeles Times. The president's requests for airtime—tomorrow makes four in under 100 days—have caused some griping among networks worried about their bottom lines, although Fox is the first to tell the administration "No, we can't."