CNN Promotes McCain/Obama Weekend Appearance

By Chris Ariens 

CNN sent out a press release about 45 minutes ago headlined: “Presidential Nominees McCain, Obama to Appear on CNN on Sunday, July 27.”

Here’s how it breaks down: An interview Wolf Blitzer is doing with Sen. John McCain will air in the 11amET hour of Late Edition. At NoonET, CNN will broadcast a candidate forum being held at this year’s Unity Conference in Chicago. Both candidates were invited to participate. Sen. Barack Obama has accepted. The forum is being sponsored by CNN and will be moderated by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Time magazine’s deputy managing editor Ramesh Ratnesar.

As for that press release headline, we’re pretty sure McCain and Obama will also be appearing Sunday on ABC, NBC, FNC, MSNBC, HLN and maybe the Weather Channel too.


For Release: July 24, 2008

Presidential Nominees McCain, Obama to Appear on CNN on Sunday, July 27
CNN on Sunday, July 27, will air two separate network appearances of the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. Anchor Wolf Blitzer’s wide-ranging interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will air in the 11 a.m. hour of Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. At noon, CNN will be the exclusive broadcaster of a candidate forum hosted by UNITY: Journalists of Color, in which Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will appear for his first national appearance upon returning from his trip to the Middle East. McCain was also invited to participate in the UNITY event.
The UNITY forum, sponsored by CNN and TIME, will be moderated by CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux and TIME magazine deputy managing editor Ramesh Ratnesar. Additional questions will be posed by UNITY members attending the conference.
The McCain interview and Obama’s appearance at the UNITY forum will replay at 7 p.m.
UNITY is an alliance of nearly 10,000 minority journalists representing the members of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. The presidential forum is part of UNITY’s fourth quadrennial convention taking place from Wednesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 27, in Chicago.