With just some days left, the White Home has not mentioned whether or not President Joe Biden will do a sit down interview with Fox as a part of its Tremendous Bowl pre-game protection.
White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre advised reporters in the present day, “I don’t have something to preview on Sunday.” No phrase from Fox Information, which might conduct the interview for the printed community, both.
Clearly, time is operating out, as Bret Baier famous throughout State of the Union protection. “We’re operating out of days.”
In the meantime, a pro-Joe Biden advert, timed for launch after his State of the Union handle, was noticed throughout Fox Information’ The 5, which attracts extra viewers than every other cable information present. The spot was from Future Ahead USA Motion, one of many largest impartial spending teams to again Biden within the 2020 presidential race, with donors to an affliated PAC together with hedge fund managing director Stephen Mandel and Fb co-founder Dustin Moskovitz.
George W. Bush sat for an interview with Jim Nantz for CBS’s Tremendous Bowl protection in 2004. 5 years later, Barack Obama did an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer. That was the beginning of a convention that has continued nearly uninterrupted since then.
Donald Trump, although, skipped the 2018 pre-game interview when NBC was host. The explanations weren’t solely clear. He had bashed the community as “pretend information” — however he labeled many different shops the identical. However Trump returned the next yr for a sit down with Margaret Brennan of Face the Nation.
Fox Information just isn’t precisely pleasant territory for Biden, what with its continuous stream of opinion programming lacking few alternatives to assault him and his administration. Fox Nation, the community’s subscription streaming service, even featured a mock trial of the president’s son, Hunter Biden. Throughout Tucker Carlson’s present on Tuesday, coming simply earlier than Biden’s State of the Union handle, the chyron gave an replace studying, “Model President Has Left The White Home.”
However Fox Information has been ready to ship considered one of its information facet personalities, like Bret Baier or Shannon Bream, to interview the president. That might be a change from the Obama years, when Invoice O’Reilly, then its star primetime host, was dispatched to do interviews in 2011 and 2014. The final time that Fox had Tremendous Bowl rights, 2020, the interview with Trump was accomplished by Sean Hannity.
Because the State of the Union handle, Biden has been touring and touting his financial agenda, bolstered by a current blockbuster jobs report and declining inflation. A Fox Information interview might produce a gaffe or misstep that might overshadow that messaging, whereas the community has targeted extensively on points about immigration and the border. However the upside is a large viewers, even within the pre-game, which has topped 20 million viewers.
Biden sat down final yr with Lester Holt for NBC’s Tremendous Bowl protection and, the yr earlier than that, Norah O’Donnell on CBS.