CNN reports that President Obama will deliver his Democratic nomination acceptance speech the same night in September as the MTV Video Music Awards.
The president’s DNC acceptance is scheduled for September 6th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The same night that the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry will gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to accept moon-men statuettes. According to CNN, however, MTV now plans to move its scheduled airing so as not to conflict with Obama’s speech:
An MTV spokeswoman told CNN the station would air the awards from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern, rather than their usual 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. “to avoid conflict with the Democratic National Convention proceedings that evening.”
The Obama campaign had no comment.
Before any conservatives interpret MTV’s decision as proof-positive of the network being “in the tank” for the president, let me say that this is proof-positive of one thing: the free market in action. The acceptance speech will be a highly-watched affair, and the businessmen at MTV don’t want to risk the lower ratings by airing during a conflicting time slot.
That’s not to say that MTV isn’t in the tank for the president in other ways. They probably are…given their demographic. But sorry folks, this just isn’t an example.
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