TV Networks Denied Obama Airtime To Tout Obamacare Enrollment

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The White House reportedly wanted to put President Barack Obama on primetime television Tuesday to tout Obamacare’s 7 million enrollees — but network TV officials denied him the airtime.

BuzzFeed had the scoop, citing three sources with knowledge of the request. Details of the request are unclear from the report, but it appears that the White House was seeking primetime space on broadcast TV networks.

The White House did not comment directly to BuzzFeed.

Obama instead gave an address in the 4 p.m. hour from the White House Rose Garden, simultaneously touting the 7 million enrollments milestone and rebuking Republicans for their crusade to repeal Obamacare.

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