The three major cable news networks — CNN, Fox News and MSNBC — to different extents each limited their airtime of former President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday evening, in which he announced a 2024 presidential campaign.
MSNBC didn’t air the primetime speech at all, while Fox and CNN cut away from the more-than-hour-long address after Trump verbally announced his candidacy. Fox cut away about 15 minutes later than CNN, and switched back to Trump for an additional few minutes after showing commentary from guests.
Cable networks garnered criticism in the 2016 campaign cycle for at times airing Trump’s rallies unfiltered, providing free airtime to the candidate who would go on to become president.
MSNBC’s counter-programming to the rally included an interview with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a recently re-elected Democrat who was the target of an anti-government kidnapping plot in 2020.
Trump, who still denies his loss in the 2020 election and was impeached twice, said Tuesday he was running “in order to make America great and glorious again.”