Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV

Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV

President Obama is set to deliver a national speech on immigration during prime time Thursday night.

As many as 5 million undocumented immigrants may be impacted, including the parents of U.S. citizen children.

But good luck finding his speech on network television.

ABC, CBS and NBC aren't expected to air the speech favoring instead The Big Bang Theory, The Biggest Loser and Bones, according to CNN.

If Obama were speaking on another issue such as health care or Ferguson, would it be worth prime time?

A speech the president gave Sept. 10 on ISIS was televised by all the national networks.

But the Obama Administration did not request network time, so the media alone is not to blame.

The speech will be broadcast on cable television such as CNN, Fox News and of course on the Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo.

The White House announced the speech Wednesday in a video posted on Facebook.

By the way, when President Bush gave a speech on immigration eight years ago it was carried on network television

It’s disheartening that this significant national issue that President Obama has failed to deal with the last six years won’t receive network coverage.

Immigration has been on the back burner for the Obama White House and the president has failed to deliver on immigration reform, which he promised to do his first year in office. Congress also is to blame.

And the Obama administration has deported more than two million people, a record for a modern president.

We’ll see what Obama says, but it may be too little too late.

Unfortunately, the whole country won’t be watching.

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