Somebody Will Be Watching Tonight

When the president announces his executive action on immigration tonight at 8:00 PM EST, the three big broadcasting networks will not cover it. But it will be covered by the outlets most concerned with the issue, per Politico‘s Dylan Byers:

There is a bright spot for the administration though. Their target audience, Hispanics, will likely be tuning in. The two Hispanic-focused networks, Univision and Telemundo, will broadcast the speech live. Univision is even delaying the Latin Grammys broadcast for the speech. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News will also air the speech live.

So the media sources most likely to praise the action (though you have to wonder if the expanded DACA was a bit over-sold, and there will be some disappointment over its scope) and most likely to freak out over it will be covering it live.

If, God forbid, I were in TV-land covering this event, I’d book for immediate comment one of those defeated Democratic senators at whose request this action was delayed from its initial late summer rollout. It would be interesting to ask them if the deportations carried out during the autumn were worth it.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.