Your morning jolt: TV networks snub Ann Romney and RNC opening

Aside from a yet-to-be-confirmed visit from Hurricane Isaac, the driving force at the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa is scheduled to be Ann Romney, whose job it has been to emphasize the softer side of her husband.

Ann Romney is currently scheduled to address delegates at 10:30 p.m. Monday. But according to the New York Times, this is what you’ll see if you are tuned into one of the Big Three television networks:

CBS plans instead to show a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.

The networks, which reap considerable advertising dollars even from summer reruns, have told the Romney campaign that they will broadcast an hour of convention coverage on the final three nights — but no more.

Advisers to Mitt Romney, facing a blackout of the opening-night program they fastidiously scripted to soften perceptions of the candidate, are angry.

Fox News and CNN are no doubt thrilled by the decision. But you’ll have yet another alternative. Via the Internet, YouTube will be offering – for the first time – live coverage of all speeches given from the floors of both Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Bookmark this link. From the press release:

You’ll find live and on-demand reporting and analysis from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision and the Wall Street Journal. Each will put their own stamp on the Presidential race—from the conventions to the debates to election night.

That the networks are making a market-based decision is true. But we are in an odd situation when Al Jazeera might be offering live coverage of Republicans in Tampa, but ABC (and NBC and CBS) won’t.

***
Meanwhile, Democrats are buzzing over the latest TV ad from the Barack Obama re-election campaign, which features the husband of Obama’s secretary of state:

***
He doesn’t have much of a chance in November, but Jeff Kazanow, the Democratic candidate in the 6th District congressional race is doing a fine job when it comes to embarrassing U.S. Rep. Tom Price over $5,000 the Roswell Republican has accepted from sudden Missouri pariah Todd Akin.

From Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News:

***
Martha Zoller and I talked this morning. The former radio talk show host is taking her defeat in the 9th District congressional race as well as can be expected. She said she’ll be in Tampa as a guest of the Georgia GOP – the invitation from the party came weeks before – and then will buckle down to finding some gainful employment. She’ll also be addressing a campaign debt of several thousand dollars.

***
Speaking of the 9th District contest won by state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville on Tuesday. Earlier this month, I posited that, because the new district was drawn to guarantee a Republican candidate, the race had drawn little Super PAC interest.

It turns out that this wasn’t entirely true. A group called Georgia Freedom PAC dropped $29,023 into the race – against Zoller and for Collins. During the last week of the contest, the Super PAC spent $12,000 on radio ads against Zoller.

The PAC is lists a Thomasville address. Its treasurer is Bryan Tyson, an Atlanta attorney who provides the same service for another independent committee, Cobb 2012 – which provided aid and comfort to Republican incumbent Tim Lee, the Cobb County Commission chairman.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter, or connect with me on Facebook.

68 comments Add your comment

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
10:11 am

“Advisers to Mitt Romney, facing a blackout of the opening-night program they fastidiously scripted to soften perceptions of the candidate, are angry.” because the so-called big 3 aren’t carrying this?

I would think they would be more disturbed by the fact it isn’t being carried on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, since most of their base watch these networks all day, or at least those not tuned in to pat robertson, telling viewers they can win the lottery if they’ll just buy one of his prayer beads, shawls or whatever else he’s hawking that day between diatribes against homos, sluts and muslims.

joe

August 23rd, 2012
10:17 am

What, say it aint so…the liberal Obama handlers aren’t up for promoting the GOP at their convention? I’m shocked. Once the Dems stink up Charlotte in a few weeks, I’m sure it will be a King Obama the Great love fest on all mainstream liberal media. Won’t matter, America can see through the haze of liberalism and the damage the current administration is doing to our country. Obozo is so over.

We’ll be praying for you Auntie…God bless you!

WOW

August 23rd, 2012
10:23 am

Since most people, especially those who would be watching the first night of a national poltical convention, get their news from cable, is this really that big of a deal? Im sure FOX will be giving wall to wall coverage about how wonderful the speech is and if you want some analysis of it then watch CNN.

fly

August 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

This what happens when you no longer have unbiased news organizations. We all know that the far left liberal media fawns and protects Zero…CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS & NBC’s ratings are all in the basement, as only left wing zealots can watch that partisan crap..it will be interesting to see if when the DNC is in full bore if there is non-stop coverage………..funny how a Country that is supposed to be a Democracy is looking and acting more and more like fascism!

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
10:41 am

We’ll be praying for you Auntie…God bless you!

Don’t bother, Zeus doesn’t hear the prayers of a non-believer like you. However you might try Apollo, he favors the ignorant and mentally deficient.

Eric

August 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

Keep telling yourself that, Joe. Just like all other Republicans, you believe that if you say something enough times, it’ll just magically become true.

RCB

August 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

Thanks for the heads up on the networks’ continued snubbing of Romney. Can’t say that I’m surprised though. If Bo, the First Dog, was going to bark at the Dem convention, you can bet it would be covered ad nauseum.

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

All you cons wringing your hands about unfair media coverage, send a thank you note to gingrich and company, it was his congress that rescinded the “Equal Time” provision, and nullified the law against media monopolies in a geographic market, opening the way for media conglomerates to own all the outlets in a geographic area.

You have no problem when rupert murdoch and other corporate conglomerates like clear channel can own the newpapers, and several tv and radio stations in a single geographic area and saturate it with white wing, right wing propaganda, but you’re on here shedding crocodile tears about the three 3rd rate national networks not airing a few blow hard speeches of the white wing. Please!

Tina

August 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

Neither convention needs to be on ALL networks all the time. Use your remote control and go to the channel that’s covering what you want to see.

Not Blind

August 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

The lamestream media bias is well known so what’s the point in rehashing it ? Honestly, the whole national convention thing is SOOOO 1950’s. Let’s get to campaigning and come to whatever resolution there is to be in November. The country is at a crossroads and the future direction will be decided then for better or worse.

RCB

August 23rd, 2012
11:03 am

Auntie Christ…like Cox Media? I’d hardly call them conservative. No one is shedding crocodile tears because this is not really news. Be sure to take your BP meds.

captguitarman

August 23rd, 2012
11:05 am

It will be interesting to see if there is another coronation at the Dem convention by the sychopant liberal media, this time in Charlotte. I think we can pretty much assume a big air time differential as the drooling, slobbering acolytes and loyal subjects, who some how fancy themselves a TV journalists, fall all ove themselves to promote his majesty’s “coolness” and “likability” while reminding viewers that Pubs just nominated Satan for President in Florida. It will be akin to the editors of Mad Magazine having taken over the major networks and not so major liberal cable outlets. What economy? What unemployment? What housing crisis? What global financial crisis? What budget? What recession? What . . . me worry? And all with the Dem campaign theme song playing endlessly in the background . . . “Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Hey, you have the opportunity to vote for the coolest Prez in history. And all the Hollywood crowd and singers and musicians just love him. All the cool people. Are you going to throw that chance away to be super cool and vote for Satan? Remember . . . Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

As far as arrogant Auntie goes (they all have special enlightenment and everyone else is stupid — see Bill Maher), I always love to see this stuff. It is just a sobering reminder that for every fringe, loony, right wing nut out there, there is a fringe, loony left wing nut to match.

the cat

August 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

Auntie Christ-you rock!!!!

the cat

August 23rd, 2012
11:11 am

I suggest we have wives of the candidates debate. Can you imagine Michelle debating Ann?

Ann could tell us how cool Mitt is when he gets unzipped, how it feels to only have 3 housekeeper/nannies when you have 5 children, how difficult it is to find good gardeners, how devastating it was to have to sell some stock while in college, and on and on.

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
11:13 am

Tina @ 1101: Use your remote control and go to the channel that’s covering what you want to see.
*****************************************

You’re talking to the people who complain about nudity and violence on TV and violent, sexual movies playing at the local odeon, and insist that all of it be banned, taken off the air, removed from distribution. They can’t seem to understand that no one is making them watch the tv show, that they can change the channel, or they don’t have to buy a ticket to the cinema. Instead, these freedom loving people want to make sure no one can watch what they object to, while at the same time make sure we watch what they want us to. It’s called conservatism.

Looking Up

August 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

Come on, they’ve announced the same amount of coverage for the Dems. It isn’t a liberal-conservative thing. Grow up, people.

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

captguitarman
August 23rd, 2012
11:05 am

YAWN. (That’s from me) YAWN (That’s from your wife after you…never mind)

DJ Sniper

August 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

Wow, only 2 posts before someone brought up the big bad “liberal media.” That’s got to be some sort of record. I guess it never occured to some people that the media wouldn’t treat the GOP so bad if the GOP didn’t have a bunch of bats**t lunatics running around the place.

Cutty

August 23rd, 2012
11:35 am

Fox is the #1 ‘news’ organization. The mainstream media is liberal. So does that make Fox a liberal media station? The democrats are receiving the same amount of coverage from the ‘lamestream’ media, so what’s the problem? Or are some people just looking for any reason to bash democrats?

are you all serious?

August 23rd, 2012
11:35 am

perhaps the networks have decided it’s not a “legitimate” speech.

are you all serious?

August 23rd, 2012
11:37 am

Cutty…you’re right. They’re just looking to pick a fight and it gives them yet another chance to spew lines that hannity and rush have taught them.

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
11:38 am

I see our last demo president is doing commercials for the demo Presidential candidate. When oh when will I see the last repub President recording commercials for the repub candidate? Well if george is unavailable, surely the dick, cheney can make a couple of ads. They must really be playing hard to get if romney hasn’t talked them into it by now, doyathink?

GaBlue

August 23rd, 2012
11:38 am

CHEERS for Mr. Kazanow for letting people know that Rep./Dr. Price (R – hypocritic oath) takes money from people who think and speak about women in such an appallingly degrading manner. Not surprising that there’s no comment from his office on the money, but I have to wonder…

WHY does Dr. Price even take $5K from this Akin fellow? Not only is he worth about $15 million personally, (his net worth doubling since he took up a seat in Congress in 2005 — how’s yours?), but he is WELL funded through the Koch Brothers and other right-wing, billionaire-funded SuperPACs. Heck, five grand is pocket change to a fancy pants like Dr. Price!

Since Dr. Price is only occasionally challenged, and only by people who have no big money behind them, he certainly doesn’t need the cash. So… what was offered and/or promised for that money? Hmmmm…

Weetamoe

August 23rd, 2012
11:49 am

The venom spewed by Mr Galloway’s regulars make it clear that they really do not want to know anything about republicans’ positions on the issues and would happily prevent other people from hearing or reading about them. The former dean and former interim dean of Harvard Law, who know him very well, claim that Obama is not at all intellectually curious and that he has learned to mimic the mannerisms of an intellectual.

td

August 23rd, 2012
11:50 am

First: These airwaves that the networks use belong to we the people but if we the people do not care then so be it.

Second: If you do not watch both conventions then you should not be allowed to vote.

dd

August 23rd, 2012
11:52 am

ABC, NBC, and CBS still have news departments? Wow, talk about 1950’s……after the Dan Rather issue, they really should just give up.

DJ Sniper

August 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

Weetamoe, you have a link to back up that claim?

the cat

August 23rd, 2012
11:58 am

td-you are still avoiding my question. Are you not convinced so much in your views you have no answer?

Bernie

August 23rd, 2012
12:02 pm

Poor Ann….Just think ALL of that Money! and she cannot get any face time with America! It really must be a crushing Blow to her and the many wives like her out there all across America. They are the hardest working Women in America!

Such difficult decisions they must face everyday of their waking lives. With a typical day starting around 11am. The kids are already gone to school, and the first big decision to make, which Cadillac to drive? The Red,white or the blue….or maybe just make call down to the driver. Then there is that all important lunch with the other ladies of the CLUB and they can never be missed.

After reassuring “Bestie” Missy, that her Husband is not having ANOTHER affair with the latest secretary, it will be time for the spa and having the Nails done. So as one can see, Ann has it really rough these days.

yellowdog

August 23rd, 2012
12:03 pm

frankly, the only speech i will be listening to is that of prez clinton; im sure this statement will bring out the best in all of u! i have nothing against ann romney except her husband; take a chill pill y’all; the venom is pouring out of u. and its a beautiful day……..

WOW

August 23rd, 2012
12:12 pm

@ captguitarman

Both conventions will be corronations, that is sort of the point.

Cliff

August 23rd, 2012
12:18 pm

Although it is a shame that there is so little in depth coverage of issues in the election compared to the “horse race” of campaigning, I can understand the networks’ decision. The conventions used to be more “newsworthy” since the nominees were actually decided there. There was the drama of floor fights. The televised battle to approve the platform revealed quite a bit about where the activists of each party were leaning. The conventions now on both sides are just a four-day long infomercial. The nominees are decided in advance, the partisan battles are settled in the primaries, the platforms are meaningless, and the convention itself is scripted to the hilt to ensure that the only thing viewers see is “party unity”. Both parties are guilty of this.

Plus, we all have 300 channels now, so people who are interested can watch wall-to-wall coverage. Others can see the highlights on the news channel that spins toward their political leaning. Others will not watch at all. While I often complain about how ill-informed the electorate is, I don’t think the conventions are as much of an educational opportunity as they once were. Even the debates are not a great forum any more because there is no way to seriously talk about a complicated issue like Medicare in one-minute increments. What would be great would be to have a two-hour interview with each candidate, allowing long-form answers on a variety of topics so we could really have a chance to see where they stand on the issues and how their thought processes work. It would also be interesting to have a show where the majority and minority leaders of each house of Congress come together for a show on an issue and air their individual views, then challenge them to arrive at some sort of compromise to move the issue forward.

Kris

August 23rd, 2012
12:20 pm

I look forward to a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.

And luck holds out we can round the evening off with a Andy Griffith rerun as well. Good Family fun.

As for the RNC, my vote is for the Hurricanes.
Classic example of beating a dead horse to death…because you ain’t got nothin’ else.

yuzeyurbrane

August 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

It is nice to at least see Congressman Dr. Price squirm a bit. Too bad he won’t talk about his constant support of Ryan plans for Medicare and Social Security.

oldfart

August 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Since the conventions have become meaningless I will be ignoring both equally. If I have to sit through speechifying I at least want some free barbeque thrown into the equation.

the cat

August 23rd, 2012
12:27 pm

I do not wish any bad weather upon Tampa. What is wrong with you people joking about this? Florida is already reeling from past storms as evidenced by their huge insurance rates.

td

August 23rd, 2012
12:30 pm

stands for decibels (SfBA)

August 23rd, 2012
12:11 pm

The only poll that has tracked party affiliation over a period of time is Rasmussen. If you go to there site and look at the trends over the past several years then it looks like the number is close to 33% each for both parties +- 3 or 4% at any given time. The latest poll done states 34.9% Republican and 34% Democrat. That leaves about 33% independents. You can probably peel off 10% to each side because those that claim to be independent has probably not actually voted for a candidate of the opposite party in the last 10 to 20 years. This leave the true 13% of the electorate that is truly independent in the county.

I do not give a lot of credence to the people that self identify as Conservative/Liberal because there are still too many conservative democrats in the south and Liberal Republicans in the north.

Puerile Pedant

August 23rd, 2012
12:36 pm

Let’s see, TV networks that are independent of the government decide not to air all of a partisan political convention and that means that Obama is a fascist? Got it.

Cannot fix stupid.

Auntie Christ

August 23rd, 2012
12:37 pm

DJ Sniper
August 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

Weetamoe, you have a link to back up that claim?
********************************************************

He does, but you have to send him $19.95 for the specially designed tin foil hat that captures this information sent from his contacts on Cignus 3765. Due to the Fitzgerald contraction and Lorentz transformation, wee wee moe cannot promise delivery before the next millenium however.

honested

August 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm

Does anybody really care what the wife of the losing Presidential candidate has to say?

Puerile Pedant

August 23rd, 2012
12:43 pm

Maybe the GOP can develop a new slogan at the RNC, something like: “show me your papers or uterus, please”. Unless you are a latina, then you gotta show them both.

honested

August 23rd, 2012
12:45 pm

td,

If you study razmunchken polling the one thing that stands out glaringly is that THEY ARE ALWAYS WRONG!
Once they come into alignment with ‘respected’ polling organizations, the results are always more than obvious.

honested

August 23rd, 2012
12:46 pm

Purile

I thought the new slogan was ’show me your fetus and I’ll show you mine’.

oldfart

August 23rd, 2012
12:47 pm

I do not give a lot of credence to people that identify themselves as liberal or conservative as such extreme viewpoints leave little leeway for the huge middle ground that can exist depending upon the issue. This is especially true seeing the terms flung around as pejoratives here on a daily basis.

honested

August 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

yuzeyurbrane,

Now that I have been forcefully drawn into the evil Dr. price’s district, I will ask about his support for the akin/ryan bills.
That is if he has the courage to schedule any townhall meetings before the election.

Ashamed to Be a Southerner

August 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

It is amazing to me how many people do not realize that the Republican/Tea Party/Conservatives are the American Fascists. Proves they slept through high school history, civics and economics and bought their college degrees if they even have one.

the cat

August 23rd, 2012
12:53 pm

honested-where is his new district? the googles are failing me.

honested

August 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

cat,

It got stretched south of Peachtree essentially to Buford Highway and down to the Fulton County Line.
All former (and happy) constituents of Hank Johnsons’s 4th District.
Part of former Senator mitch seebaugh’s ‘one party state protection’ redistricting.

the cat

August 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

honested-thanks.

emo

August 23rd, 2012
1:05 pm

Poor Ann! She won’t be on tv headlining Hatefest 2012 in Tampa.

Why isn’t Pat Robertson on his show opining that, with two hurricane issues in two conventions, God must find republicans abominable and deserving punishment? If it were liberals, he would.