CNN will air the so-called “Tea Party response” to the State of the Union live–making it the only cable network to do so.
Traditionally, all the networks air the official State of the Union address, followed by the official response from the opposition party. This year, however, there will be a Tea Party response, given by Republican Michele Bachmann. The response will be aired on the website of the Tea Party Express group. As it happens, that’s the same group that is hosting a Tea Party-themed Republican presidential debate with CNN later in the year.
Fox News and MSNBC will not carry the response, but CNN will.