The Republican National Committee has told NBC and CNN that they have a choice: Either they pull the plug on planned programs which it believes will forward the political aspirations of Hillary Clinton, or run them and watch 2016 presidential debates on other networks.
RNC leader Reince Priebus stated, “There are forces out there that want to divide our party. But we’re not going to let them get in the way of our mission—whether they’re naysayers or news networks. That’s why we said to the media, with a united voice, that a network that spends millions to spotlight Hillary Clinton is a network with an obvious bias. And that’s a network that won’t be hosting a single Republican primary debate.”
Priebus noted that the RNC position on the matter has been echoed by prominent news staffers at both networks, as well as by left-leaning political columnists, noting in particular Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. He further complained about donations made to Democrats, including Clinton, by NBC executives, and about the hiring of Alec Baldwin to host a program on MSNBC.
CNN said it had been encouraging interested parties to wait until their piece was actually put together before passing judgment on it. It noted that production was in the very early stages and that CNN itself has no clue about its eventual content. It noted that RNC simply was unwilling to wait.
Here’s a copy of the RNC made available by RNC and further distributed by The Washington Post:
WHEREAS, former Secretary Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, and CNN and NBC have both announced programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton; and
WHEREAS, these programming decisions are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election; and
WHEREAS, airing this programming will jeopardize the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks; and
WHEREAS, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, contributed the maximum amount to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign committee, contributed $25,000 to Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund, and this year contributed $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee; therefore be it –
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls on CNN and NBC to cancel the airing of these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment; and, be it further
RESOLVED, that if CNN and NBC continue to move forward with this and other such programming, the Republican National Committee will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor, and, be it finally
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee shall endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators and debate partners are chosen, and that other issues pertaining to the general nature of such debates are addressed.