Do you honestly think anything is going to make a difference in the campaigns of John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham? Well, apparently they do.These four gentlemen are just certain their campaigns are languishing because Donald Trump gets so darn much free air time – including his appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. So they actually complained to NBC about it.
And NBC rolled over.As Trib Live reports, “NBC agreed Monday to give four Republican presidential candidates free time on affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina after they complained Donald Trump unfairly benefited from appearing as “Saturday Night Live” host this month.
The network said John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham each will get about 12 minutes of time to tout their candidacies during prime time on Friday and Saturday, and during this week’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Republican George Pataki also complained, but the network did not announce an agreement with his campaign.The candidates will get the time on each of the 18 NBC stations in those three states, where early GOP nominating caucuses or primaries are being held.
The candidates said they deserved the time to counter Trump’s appearance in a non-news setting, based on federal equal time provisions. Trump was “SNL” host on Nov. 7, and NBC calculated that he had some 12 minutes of screen time during the comedy show.”
Now of course Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio were not part of the whining contingent. Maybe Lindsey Graham should just get himself on Saturday Night Live or a special edition of “Dancing With the Stars?” On second thought…By the way, does anyone actually know a fervent Lindsey Graham supporter? I’m just curious. Please email me if you do.
[Note: This article was written cynically by Michele Hickford]