At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on immigration reform, one of the most politically explosive issues of his presidency. It’s a major speech, one in which Obama is expected to announce sweeping immigration reform, including a plan to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The White House even promoted the upcoming speech in a Facebook video.
ABC, NBC, and CBS have signaled that they won’t be carrying the president’s speech.
CNN and PBS will carry the 8 p.m. address, and so will all the other cable news channels. And Univision, the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, will be translating it and airing it live.
Administration officials put out feelers this week and determined that the networks would be reluctant to hand over the air time, so the officials decided not to formally request it from ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Those requests, when made by the White House, are essentially always granted.
The White House may have honed in on Thursday night because of Univision’s planned telecast of the Latin Grammys.

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