2ND UPDATE, 5:07 PM: Well, Univision got what it wanted from President Obama…sort of. Almost a week after the network and its marquee anchor Jorge Ramos took President Obama to task for omitting Spanish-language news divisions from his Syria whistle-stop network news tour, rival Telemundo said today it has landed an exclusive interview with Obama. The NBCUniversal-owned network is claiming its Obama’s “first interview to a Spanish-language television network since asking for congressional approval for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria”. Excerpts of the sit-down, to be conducted by news anchor José Díaz-Balart, will be broadcast on Noticiero Telemundo on Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET. The interview, expected to focus on immigration reform, Obamacare, the latest on the Syrian crisis and other subjects of interest to the Hispanic community, will air in its entirety on Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart on Sunday at noon.
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 9 PM: Now the network itself has chimed in. Earlier today Univision’s Jorge Ramos posted some displeased tweets over not being one of the anchors interviewing Barack Obama about possible military action in Syria. Calling the lack of an interview “disappointing,” Univision has expanded on that view with the statement below.
What happens in Syria is important to Univision News’ audience. As the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. the decisions that are made by our government on issues like this one have a direct impact in their lives and their future. The U.S. Hispanic community has the right to be well informed and receive all the news and information they need from the news source they trust the most. It’s disappointing to see the lack of interest to reach our audience on this important issue.
With today’s Men’s Final of the U.S. Open Tennis still going on, CBS opted to post its full interview with President Barack Obama on Syria online instead of on-air on the East Coast. The 10-minute-plus clip with anchor Scott Pelley and Obama went up right after the 3 PM PT/6 PM ET embargo the networks and the cable news stations agreed to with the White House expired. While it will be seen on the West Coast, the CBS Evening News will not be shown at all tonight on the East Coast. (UPDATE 4:15 PM The network did interrupt the Tennis briefly on that side of the country with a CBS News Special Report at 6:52 PM ET that showed two minutes of the interview.) NBC and ABC did not put their interviews with Obama up online before their regularly scheduled 6:3O PM ET newscasts. Both CNN and Fox News Channel aired portions of their respective interviews with Obama at 3:02 PM PT/6:02 PM ET.
CNN’s resuscitated Crossfire unveils tonight with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter debating with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as to whether Congress should approve a military air strike on Syria. The show will premiere as the commercial broadcast networks are airing their interviews with President Obama on the same subject — and CBS airs yet more footage of Charlie Rose’s interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad, in which Assad warns the U.S. to “expect everything” in retaliation if an air strike occurs.
And yet, Crossfire’s Van Jones told reporters on the eve of the show’s return to CNN that Syria is exactly why the U.S. needs Crossfire, “so people can have these debates and we can hear the best from both sides,” he said modestly in a conference call. Jones, a former special adviser to President Obama, gave reporters a taste of his Crossfire style on the phone call, when he was asked why Obama is seeking congressional approval for an air strike on Syria in response to White House claims that Assad used chemical weapons on civilians last month. Read More »
UPDATE, 11:45 AM:Today co-host Savannah Guthrie will be sitting down at the White House today to talk Syria with President Barack Obama for NBC News. She’s stepping in for NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams who is unable to travel to Washington due to recent knee surgery, an NBCU spokesperson confirmed. This is the third time Guthrie has interviewed Obama and her first time directly for the nightly news. Williams is the only anchor of the Big 3 not to be interviewing Obama himself. ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley are all in DC for their sit-downs with Obama and helming their 6:30 PM broadcasts from there tonight. Randomly picked as is common in these circumstances, NBC will be the first of the broadcast and cable news networks to talk to Obama about potential military action against Syria at 12:55 PM today. Each interview will be 7 minutes long. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will go second followed by CBS’ Pelley, Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, Sawyer and PBS’ Gwen Ifill. FNC and CNN plan to air their interviews with Obama at 6 PM ET when the agreed upon embargo ends as does PBS NewsHour.
Charlie Rose scored his news coup today in Damascus, where Syrian President Bashar Assad sat for an interview that will air Monday – the same day President Obama‘s recorded interviews with six major networks will unspool. It will mark Assad’s first interview with a U.S. network since 2011. Excerpts of the interview will air Monday on CBS This Morning and then across all CBS News platforms before being broadcast in full on Rose’s PBS show Charlie Rose Monday night. Rose previewed his Assad convo Sunday morning on CBS’s Face The Nation.
CNN‘s resuscitated Crossfire was set to return to the network on Monday, September 16. Instead the half-hour political debate show will premiere a week early to get in on Syria coverage, debuting September 9 at 6:30 PM ET according to a network Tweet.