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Trump Plugs Supreme Court Nominee Announcement on Facebook Live

Variety logo Variety 1/31/2017 Todd Spangler
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President Trump will announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern — and he’s playing up the broadcast of the announcement live on Facebook.

The president will announce the pick on the POTUS Facebook page starting at 8 p.m., and the White House also will live-stream the announcement on YouTube (at this link). Both Trump and the White House promoted tune-in to the Facebook Live stream from social-media accounts Tuesday with teasers evoking TV programming alerts.

In addition, TV news networks will carry live coverage of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, after rejiggering their primetime lineups to accommodate the announcement. Past U.S. presidents have announced Supreme Court nominees during daytime press conferences.

Trump — erstwhile reality TV host — in part appears to be trying to bypass the media with the Facebook Live and YouTube streams, to get his message out without any filter or commentary to a broad audience (including many Americans who may not subscribe to traditional TV). Trump is a prolific Twitter user and has boasted about using social media to directly communicate with his followers, while he and his top aides have repeatedly criticized what they perceive as bias in mainstream media coverage.

Also on YouTube, the SCOTUS announcement will be carried live by networks including ABC News and Fox News Channel, while “PBS NewsHour” will live-stream the news on its Facebook page.

The White House and Trump announced the Facebook Live broadcast on social-media channels Tuesday:

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