Last night, during President Bush’s news conference, three networks decided to cut away from that and resume their normal programming. NBC went to “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump, CBS went to “Survivor,” and Fox to Paris Hilton’s “The Simple Life.”
I would like to see this disrespect answered in a suitable fashion. Two ideas occur to me:
1) At the next news conference, after half an hour has passed, Bush should ask the reporters from NBC, CBS, and Fox to leave.
2) A White House official should be in charge of monitoring which networks cut away from the next one. As soon as that happens, their reporters should be removed from the conference.
After all, the networks have already shown how much interest they have in such events. If they don’t feel like broadcasting them, then they shouldn’t receive the benefit of having their reporters participating.
Yeah, it could be considered petty and spiteful. But I’m too tired and irritated to care.