Presidential address this Monday 2/9

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  1. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    LOL, it's amazing to me how people care more about their TV shows than their country.

    By all means, lets stop these presidential addresses and the business of the nation. Lets make it all about the TV shows...

    Come to think of it, there was a Doctor Who Episode (back in the old days), where the Doctor and his companion landed on a Planet where the people are controlled by watching endless reality television programs and where even elections take place through the TV screen. Heck, sit on your couch, and vote, what could be better.

    I think some people on this thread have their priorities messed-up.
     
  2. Adam1115

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    Is there some reason that ALL networks carry these?

    Isn't it kind of a waste of resources to broadcast the same thing on 4 OTA networks plus cable?
     
  3. lofar

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    It's a whole hour.. OMG. And atleast for the west coast it only plays over the 5 o'clock news, which i could honestly care less about my local news or the dingbats that are paid to mess it up nightly.

    So long as they allow football, baseball, and other overall meaningless sports to run over my normal television shows I think we can make a few exceptions for our president every now and then! Atleast it's not every freakin week like it is during football season. I've missed so many episodes of the simpsons it's not even funny. :mad:

    Adam1115 - I don't think all networks are available OTA in all areas of the country. Where I live the only network i ever got OTA was ABC.
     
  4. Sparty99

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    Probably because the networks are of the belief that if people are going to watch on the networks, they might as well watch on my network.
     
  5. brianric

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    I spent eight years in Uncle Sam's Navy, so don't give me patriotic raw raw crap. I'll just watch a Netflix movie. As far as I'm concerned, the US Government can go to hell.
     
  6. randyb359

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    I remember back in 1979 when Carter interrupted Battlestar Galactica to announce the signing of a peace treaty in the Middle East. Tons of people were pissed about that. So at least this is nothing new
     
  7. Rob Helmerichs

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    But at least that was news. When was the last time a president went on network television to do something other than campaign for something or other?
     
  8. Sparty99

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    9/11? When we invaded Iraq? Not exactly ancient history here.
     
  9. Rob Helmerichs

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    And how many dozens of prime-time presidential campaign appearances have there been in the meantime?

    My point is, it used to mean something when the president went on national television. Now, it just means he's trying to sell something.
     
  10. astrohip

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    Thanks you for completely misquoting me. I never said I don't care about my country. I said I don't watch presidential addresses on TV, so I'd rather have my TV back. You see, in my country, people can watch what they want, and say what they want.

    And it's MY hour, I want it back. :D

    WHAT?!? You don't watch the 5'o news? Well, I don't watch Presidential talks. Unless they are addressing matters of true universal/national import.

    I can remember--in the olden days--when the President spoke, everyone watched. Now, it's often followed by comments from the opposing party. And you're telling me that's preempt worthy?
     
  11. Hercules67

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    It's not patriotic "rah, rah, crap"! It's the future of the stinking country.

    And no, I am not being overly patriotic, or anything... As others have said, you always have a choice. With your remote, you can choose to watch cable. NOT EVERY SINGLE channel is going to carry this address. Just 4 broadcast networks, plus all 3 news networks. That leaves about 100 cable channels. and if that's not enough, you can rent a movie. OR you can watch something you saved from before. Lord knows, I am always behind on two or three shows.

    As far as misquoting somebody -- I wasn't trying to.... My apologies, if that's the way it seemed. I was just replying to the general tone in this thread.

    Like I said in the second paragraph. Turn the TV off if you want. I always do if there is something not worth watching. Open a book for some real entertainment. Heck, make love to your wife -- I don't care!:D Either way, let's agree to disagree on the importance of these addresses.

    I wonder how people felt back in the 1980s. I seem to remember that Reagan, the great communicator, used to do one of these, every other week or so (or at least it felt like it) -- and back then, some of us, didn't even have cable... Anyhow. PEACE. OK? :up: :)
     
  12. allan

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    How can you expect us to care about a regional conflict when a dozen planets are getting destroyed by those "tin cans". ;) :) :D
     
  13. JimSpence

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    With the number of News channels we have now, is it really necessary for ALL networks to carry these Presidential addresses?

    Yeah, probably. You wouldn't want more people watching How I Met Your Mother than the President now would you. :)

    Hmm, does CBS know something that the others don't?
    They only allocated 30 minutes to the address.

    And can we be assured that the address plus the punditry will only last 1 hour?

    So, PAD everything. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. Bierboy

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    + me and well put.
     
  15. Bierboy

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    This address has absolutely NOTHING to do with the "country" or the "business of the nation" and EVERYTHING to do with politics. The two aren't even in the same neighborhood.

    Well put, Rob.

    I seriously doubt tonight's address will affect the future of the country.
     
  16. sieglinde

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    It looks like TV shows are being pushed around so that folks won't miss their favorite shows. I have three shows recording at 9:00.

    And we do now have choices. If we don't want to watch the Presidential Address and press conference, there are over a hundred TV channels and Netflix or other DVDs to watch.

    I think the various networks all show the same thing so that they can have their talking heads have at it. I notice Fox News is showing and not ABC.

    I think there is another address scheduled for the 24th.
     
  17. ElJay

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    Well, this is why we have DVRs. We can watch the programming we've recorded at any time we want, even if the President happens to be talking. If your DVR is so empty that you've got nothing else to watch, go ahead and sign up for a Netflix subscription and stream something.
     
  18. MauriAnne

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    CBS only had 30 minutes scheduled here --- and it's currently running 25 minutes (and counting) over. This may be a messy night.
     
  19. JimSpence

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    Yes, we have DVRs and can record the shows, but right it looks like the press conference will run long so you better be prepared to pad the shows and hope that conflicts don't result.
     
  20. Einselen

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    CBS had a repeat HIMYM as a JIP (join in progress) buffer. CBS went over by just 2 min and cut straight into the new 2.5 Men.

    Not sure on other stations.
     
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