The White House may be billing President Bush's speech tonight at Ft. Bragg, N.C., as a major national address, but not all the broadcast networks have yet decided to treat it that way.
By Monday night, only ABC had committed to preempting its prime-time shows to carry the speech live at 8 p.m. EDT. CBS, NBC and Fox said they would decide today.
The networks typically preempt prime-time programming to air live presidential speeches or presidential news conferences. But the expected message -- that the U.S. effort in Iraq is succeeding -- has created a tricky situation for broadcasters, who do not want to appear to be giving the president unfettered air time for a political message.
KCBS and KABC -- as well as KCET, the PBS station in Los Angeles -- said they would air the speech live at 5 p.m. locally. CNN, Fox News and CSPN3 said they would broadcast it live nationwide.