October 29th, 2008
10:28 AM ET
14 years ago

CNN declines Obama camp ad request

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(CNN) - The Obama campaign asked CNN to air its 30-minute campaign ad, scheduled for Wednesday evening, but the network turned them down.

“CNN was approached by the Obama campaign and declined their request,” the network said in a Tuesday statement. “We did not want to pre-empt our programming lineup with a 30-minute campaign commercial. We prefer to use our air to continue to cover the campaign, candidates and issues like we always do from all points of view with the best political team on television.”

Fox News Channel – which is a separate network from FOX – was not asked to air the ad. The half hour infomercial which will be airing on CBS, NBC, FOX television, MSNBC, Univision, BET and TV One at a reported cost of $3 million to the campaign. ABC said it couldn’t come to an agreement in time to meet the Obama campaigns requirement to run it in that time slot.

The Obama camp’s purchase drew headlines when the GOP blasted Major League Baseball’s decision to delay the start of its World Series broadcast on FOX television scheduled for that night, if the series were to call for a sixth game, to accommodate the buy. A Fox executive responsible for the buy said the infomercial would replace pre-game programming, but would not delay the airing of the game. Nonetheless, the Republican candidate took a swing. "No one will delay the World Series game with an infomercial when I'm president," John McCain said Tuesday.

The last pre-election programming of this type came during the 1992 race, when Ross Perot paid for similar time blocs on network television shortly before Election Day.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN
soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. DEBBIE

    GOOD

    TAKE OFF LOU DOBBS, AND WOLF AND YOU HAVE A REAL NETWORK

    LOSERS

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Josh in NC

    I actually think Exxon Mobil one of CNN's biggest supports will not let them air Obama's ad.

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Vanessa

    "CNN declines Obama camp ad request"

    You want a biscuit with that CNN?

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. RealityKing

    What a joke! CNN's 99.9% progressive staff is already airing Obama infomericals.., 24/7.

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. leon pa

    i will never look at cnn againg

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. mary

    WHAT A SAD,SAD ,SAD DAY IN AMERICA IT WOULD BE FOR MCCAIN/PALIN TO WIN THIS ELECTION. WE AY THINK THATWE ARE HAVING A REAL BAD TIME NOW ,WE HAVEN, SEEN NOTHING YET.

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. carolo

    No, John. You will not buy a TV ad but you will pay for thousands of roball calls.

    FOX News does not need Obama's money after slamming him all year.

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Sue T

    CNN I am surprise at you for not airing Obama's AD.........you aired Palin's full speech this morning on Energy.........very disappointed

    October 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. ANGIE

    Thats ok I will watch Msnbc!

    October 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. REVOLUTION

    Obama has been playing chess the whole time!! The world will never sleep on black people again. We are smarter than you think. Trust me

    October 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Spirit of America

    In the ideal America, the airwaves belong to the public not political machines or corporate elites. Another sign of how great the distance between the real and ideal America is in these corrupt times.

    October 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Single Mom in TX

    I heard Sarah Palin told reporters that in Alaska they "Spread the wealth around" CNN can you investigate if this is true. And if so can you Blast that McCain/Palin camp out of the water. I am truly sick of them!!!

    October 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. values

    CNN will show it for free dont you people get it . They will go to Obama's show at important areas in the program.

    October 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Diane

    I am sure McCain could get a spot on Fox News. Maybe then Bill O'Reilly would quit complaining about the network being fixed. I used to be a fan of Fox News but now you can call me an MSNBC fan, a contributor to Barack's campaign and a once Republican. We can only take so much.

    October 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. 08 Voter

    Finally.... CNN will not be bought... Dems, is that GOP up to it's old tricks, too? Or, people are starting to take the goo out of their eyes???

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. victoria

    I thought CNN was different newsstation. I bet if McCai or Palin would have ask, they would have agreed.

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Tafari

    This is not news! I will just watch elsewhere. I am sure that CNN will be dissecting it as they watch their competition's broadcast.

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Justin -NC

    MSNBC is getting much better anyway. Chris Matthews is letting people like "McCarthy Witch Hunter" Michelle Bachman and "The Appeaser" Kevin James go down in flames and make the democrats more likely to take over total control and CNN is trying hard to be fair and balanced like Fixed News Bias Reporting. Your ratings loss CNN.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 & 12 BIDEN/RICHARDSON 16 & 20

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. bill for barack

    McCain is right in saying that no infomercial will ever air if he's president.
    HE WILL NEVER BE THE PRESIDENT.
    AMERICA IS TOO SMART FOR THAT.

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    McCain – Even if the start of the game was being delayed by 15 minutes, so what? I realize it's the World Series but is a baseball game more important than hearing what might be the final information that may help someone decide who they are going to vote for then the next President of the US?

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. K in Oregon

    You'd rather run repeats of that days AC360 and Larry King? If I'm not mistaken that is your regular line up. Interesting choice.

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. tiffany jackson

    MSNBC routs CNN- womp womp womp

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. WW

    I'm enthusiastically voting for Obama/Biden, but I think this infomercial is a bad idea. Already, I have heard grumblings from folks about how he "hasn't won yet." If he acts like he is already the victor the American public will vote against him – it's the American way. We always go for the underdog. That reminds me – Go Rays!

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Jack

    What a total waste of Money $$$$.
    Maybe he should "spread that wealth around" to some of his supporters.

    What a fraud!

    Thanks CNN & Ms. Brown for finally reporting the FACTS!

    October 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. YINKA LAWAL

    What example is CNN setup, American politics and the world is watching, what a shame with CNN decision and that is why MSNBC has better rating.

    October 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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