Sometimes politics becomes a part of a sporting event, and the Super Bowl has annually embraced that possibility, as networks broadcasting the NFL’s championship game have offered to interview the United States president as part of its pregame show.
This year, in keeping with a tradition, ongoing since 2009 at least, CBS offered to interview President Biden on its pregame show. He declined.
It is the second consecutive year he declined, having declined a Fox News request last year.
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Biden Not Doing Super Bowl Interview
“Yeah, simple as that,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said Tuesday afternoon. “There’s nothing more to say about it. We were prepared to do it. And the White House declined the opportunity.”
Actually, as much as McManus would like for there to be nothing more to say, he knows journalism, and journalists have follow-up questions.
The questions that were asked included whether CBS Sports was disappointed about the presidential decline?
“Not disappointed,” McManus said. “I think it’s we were prepared to do it and, you know, we’re moving on to other subjects.”
When asked if the opposing party’s presumptive candidate was a possibility, McManus cut the question off.
“I don’t want to get into the politics,” McManus said, interrupting. “We’re here to talk about the game.”
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The game is broadcast on CBS. The network was prepared to turn over up to 15 minutes of its valuable pregame air time to its news division to interview a politician — until he declined.
“So what’s the question?” McManus said.
The question is the opposing party’s presumptive candidate – former President Trump – has volunteered to take the now vacant interview slot.
Trump went on his Truth Social account on Monday and volunteered to speak with CBS.
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However, McManus made it clear CBS is declining.
“We’re producing a football pregame show, not a political show,” McManus said, interrupting again.
So the CBS pregame show invited the President of the United States, who is a politician and a political candidate in the upcoming election.
“Correct,” McManus said.
Additionally, the other candidate is a former president of the United States and perhaps a future president of the United States. However, he cannot come on, as by the way, he did when CBS broadcast the game in 2019.
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McManus: No President, No Air Time
“There’s no precedent for having any political figure other than the president give the interview,” McManus said. “Fair enough?”
Half the country probably thinks that is fair enough.
The other half probably does not believe that’s fair at all.
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