Forum: No Prime Time for Ford

Broadcasters have rarely questioned the right of a Chief Executive to request access to the audience of 20 million Americans who watch television on any given evening. But last week the two leading networks turned down a request by the White House for live coverage of President Ford's 20-minute prime-time address on tax and spending policy. While ABC agreed to the request—which came on three hours' notice—CBS and NBC both said no. They observed that because the President is a declared candidate for reelection, they could be required under the Communications Act to...

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