I realize it has been a long, long time since this mindset at our TV networks could reasonably be considered surprising—or even, really, disturbing. It just is. And yet, how sad. Here is CBS’s senior VP Paul Friedman complaining about President Obama’s prime-time press conferences:

It’s an enormous financial cost when the president replaces one of those prime-time hours. The news divisions also have mixed feelings about whether they are being used.

What a country.

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Brent Cunningham is CJR’s managing editor.