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Networks need to eliminate Super Bowl presidential interview

I have a suggestion for the networks which televise the NFL when it comes to their turns televising the Super Bowl: Can we eliminate the interview with the President?

I am speaking as a sports TV critic. It really is unnecessary to have 15 minutes spent talking politics on a day when everyone wants to focus on who is going to win the NFL championship.

Sunday's interview with President Barack Obama was conducted by FOX News' Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly appeared to come with an agenda, and each time he asked a question, he would do his best to interrupt the President. It was not great television. In fact, it was a train wreck.

It doesn't surprise me that O'Reilly is that way. Before he hit it big with "The O'Reilly Factor," he was host and correspondent of "Inside Edition," which was a tabloid news program.

But in the grand scheme of things, we don't need to hear from the President on Super Bowl Sunday. FOX hasn't been the only network that has done it. NBC and CBS have also participated in the Super Bowl presidential interview.

It's time for this to stop. It's a waste of time.

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