CNN’s bread and butter in the ratings has been covering major political events — from elections to inaugurations. The AP reports the network will be “pre-empting regular programming” next Wednesday to mark President Barack Obama‘s 100 days in office:
CNN is marking President Barack Obama’s 100th day in office with prime-time coverage that will recall last year’s primary and general election nights, right down to John King‘s magic wall.
The network says it will compile a national report card of Obama’s performance, using opinion polls and a series of viewer surveys.
…”This is the perfect day to have commentary about how the president is doing and the perfect day to ask the public how they think the president is doing,” said Sam Feist, CNN’s political director. He’s been planning the 100th and 200th day specials since shortly after the election.
As for the other networks, the AP reports: “ABC News is planning to mark the day with reporting on ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘World News’ and ‘Nightline,’ a spokeswoman said. Other television networks haven’t made their plans clear.”
We’ll report the plans as we get them…
> Update: CBS’ plans: The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will provide comprehensive coverage of the First 100 Days of the Obama administration, which will include a report card. Immediately following the broadcast, CBS News will present a live Web-exclusive special anchored by Katie Couric on CBSNews.com. The Webcast will include exclusive interviews with newsmakers, panel discussions and extended analysis and commentary from the CBS News political team. It will also feature responses to viewer questions submitted online.
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