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Every Major News Network to Broadcast Trump’s Oval Office Address on Border Security Brendan Smialowski AFP Getty Images7 Jan 2019

The president's choice of a primetime national address had been much maligned by many in the political establishment.

"Now that the television networks have chose to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they wrote.

Donald Trump's first presidential address from the Oval Office was more of the same rhetoric about building the wall, which is the focal point of the now 18-day government shutdown. "It has not been approved by Congress and even if it is, there's no provision there to make Mexico pay for the wall", Stephanopoulos said.

Following the president's address on Tuesday, Smith fact-checked a number of the claims made by Trump, such as murder rates among undocumented migrants and drug flows, which did not match government statistics, Mediaite reported.

"Border crossings are at a 45-year low", she reminded.

"So that doesn't pay for anything", Smith said. CNN drew 1.3 million, while MSNBC garnered 811,000 in the demo.

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None of the networks used chyrons, or onscreen text, to rebut Trump while he was talking. And CNN finished third with 3,571,000. "There is bipartisan legislation-supported by Democrats and Republicans-to reopen government while allowing debate over border security to continue". Fact: "vast majority comes through legal ports of entry".

When the White House officially requested airtime on Monday from the broadcast networks, as is customary in these cases, network executives deliberated about it for a few hours. That prompted a bitter exchange between the two.

"He was at his best last night", Falwell said.

And yet this time around, all the major networks said they'd provide coverage of the speech.

We all know it, late night comedians like Jimmy Kimmel think that conservative viewers of their programs don't exist while further using conservative legislators as comedic punching bags. "The networks gave the White House exactly what the president wanted: unhindered access to lie to their audience".

A Trump 2020 campaign official said: "Net win". "It is hard to argue this night was about anything other than pure politics - and the networks interrupted programming to accommodate it".

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