RNC votes to exclude CNN, NBC from 2016 presidential primary debates

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    Aug 17, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    The Republican National Committee formally decided Friday not to partner with CNN and NBC News for any presidential primary debates during the 2016 election cycle, a rebuke of the networks’ plans to air programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

    Top RNC leaders voted unanimously on a resolution stating that the national party will not partner with the networks nor sanction any primary debates they plan to sponsor and broadcast.

    Cable and broadcast television networks have sponsored and produced dozens of presidential primary debates during the recent presidential election cycles, often partnering with state parties or other political organizations in order to draw candidates to the televised events. During the 2012 cycle, top networks sponsored at least 20 debates that stretched from May 2011 to February 2012; CNN hosted seven debates, while NBC News, CNBC or MSNBC hosted four.

    The networks do not need the permission of the RNC to host such debates, but the resolution approved Friday likely will prompt state party officials and other conservative organizations to not sponsor, sanction or attend any debates hosted by NBC or CNN and thus keep candidates from attending.

    In an early sign of the resistance the two networks might face in early primary states, officials with the New Hampshire Republican Party said the RNC “was right to raise concerns” and that it agreed with plans not to partner with CNN or NBC.

    Party officials approved the resolution Friday morning in Boston at the RNC’s annual summer meeting.

    The ban on CNN and NBC extends to their Spanish-language sibling networks, CNN en Espanol and Telemundo, according to RNC aides. That leaves the RNC with only one major Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, to partner with on officially-sanctioned debates.
    In a statement Friday, CNN said that it continues work on the documentary and that the project “is in the very early stages of development, months from completion.”

    “We encouraged all interested parties to wait until the program premieres before judgments are made about it,” CNN said in its statement. “Unfortunately, the RNC was not willing to do that.”
    The Democratic National Committee said the decision by Republicans would only “continue to limit the audiences—and voters—to whom they will communicate.”

    “It seems that Republicans don’t get it,” DNC press secretary Michael Czin said in a statement. “If they truly want to connect with a broader audience, they need an agenda that fights for the middle class and is inclusive. Sadly, it appears that with today’s vote, their approach is to actually speak to even fewer voters.”

    Eager to blunt the future political aspirations of Clinton, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus had called on the two networks to rethink their decisions to produce and air programs about the former first lady, senator and secretary of state, calling each production a “thinly veiled attempt” to help her 2016 campaign. Over the past two weeks, Republicans and network executives have sparred over whether the two productions amount to free airtime and support for Clinton’s plans.

    “We’re done putting up with this nonsense,” Priebus told his party colleagues at the start of their general session Friday. “There are plenty of other news outlets, we’ll still reach plenty of voters. … but CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on competing networks.”

    Priebus noted that some NBC News correspondents have voiced concern about the NBC production, but he also noted that concerns didn’t stop MSNBC from planning to give a weekly show to the actor Alec Baldwin.
    “We don’t have time for the media’s games,” Priebus said.
    The resolution stated that the Clinton-themed programs “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.”

    Spokespeople for CNN and NBC News didn’t immediately return requests for comment Friday. MSNBC made mention of the RNC vote during its 11 a.m. newscast.

    Both networks announced their plans in recent weeks, with CNN planning to produce and air a documentary that will run on TV and in theaters. NBC plans to shoot a four-hour miniseries starring Diane Lane and the project may be produced for the network by Fox Television Studios, the sister company of the Fox broadcasting network and Fox News Channel.

    CNN has said that the RNC’s concerns are unfounded and NBC News officials have noted that the news division is a separate entity from NBC Entertainment, which is overseeing production of the miniseries.
    RNC officials at the summer meeting this week also unveiled a new “Rising Stars” program to highlight younger conservative activists and politicians. They also heard from Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who delivered a passionate stem-winder on the future of the party on Thursday evening.

    Here’s a copy of the resolution, as provided by RNC staffers:

    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.
  • KissTheSky

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    Aug 17, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    The reason the GOP is so eager to suppress viewership of their primary debates is that their candidates are so embarrassingly bad.
    Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum... they're all lining up for the next campaign, which they use to get free media exposure to raise their own profile and sell their own books and reality-tv crap. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
    Too bad for the GOP that this train wreck will still be seen on all the other channels. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Aug 17, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    Yes, the Republican party has had some pretty stinky candidates recently. But I think this is actually a good move because all the "moderators" that MSNBC and CNN put up there are liberals. Remember the Candy Crowley incident last year? I do think though that all networks should be allowed to carry the debates.

    By the way this is already being discussed here:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3386807
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    Aug 17, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    GoNYMets2012 saidYes, the Republican party has had some pretty stinky candidates recently. But I think this is actually a good move because all the "moderators" that MSNBC and CNN put up there are liberals. Remember the Candy Crowley incident last year? I do think though that all networks should be allowed to carry the debates.

    By the way this is already being discussed here:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3386807


    Why haven't they suggest a more right-wing moderator?


    Because the "moderators" come from the staff of the network hosting the debate. So if it's MSNBC, you can choose from Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton or Lawrence O'Donnell. See the problem?
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    Aug 17, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    GoNYMets2012 said
    failscarf said
    GoNYMets2012 saidYes, the Republican party has had some pretty stinky candidates recently. But I think this is actually a good move because all the "moderators" that MSNBC and CNN put up there are liberals. Remember the Candy Crowley incident last year? I do think though that all networks should be allowed to carry the debates.

    By the way this is already being discussed here:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3386807


    Why haven't they suggest a more right-wing moderator?


    Because the "moderators" come from the staff of the network hosting the debate. So if it's MSNBC, you can choose from Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton or Lawrence O'Donnell. See the problem?


    Isn't Buchanan on MSNBC?


    No.
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    Aug 18, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    failscarf said
    GoNYMets2012 said
    failscarf said
    GoNYMets2012 saidYes, the Republican party has had some pretty stinky candidates recently. But I think this is actually a good move because all the "moderators" that MSNBC and CNN put up there are liberals. Remember the Candy Crowley incident last year? I do think though that all networks should be allowed to carry the debates.

    By the way this is already being discussed here:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3386807


    Why haven't they suggest a more right-wing moderator?


    Because the "moderators" come from the staff of the network hosting the debate. So if it's MSNBC, you can choose from Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton or Lawrence O'Donnell. See the problem?


    Isn't Buchanan on MSNBC?


    not for a long time. They use Micheal Steele from time to time. Chris Mathews is the only one of the lot that actually bothers to bring in someone, the others dont even bother.
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    Aug 18, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    They're finally standing up to the "news" network that runs democrat/liberal/socialist/communist propaganda 24/7. It's about time.
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    Aug 18, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Blakes7 saidThey're finally standing up to the "news" network that runs democrat/liberal/socialist/communist propaganda 24/7. It's about time.

    Communist? seriously? Look, I know you're right-wing but you can't be this stupid.

    Never underestimate the stupidity of a right winger. Nor the blind determination of one of their online agents.
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    Aug 18, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Aristoshark said
    Blakes7 saidThey're finally standing up to the "news" network that runs democrat/liberal/socialist/communist propaganda 24/7. It's about time.

    Communist? seriously? Look, I know you're right-wing but you can't be this stupid.

    Never underestimate the stupidity of a right winger. Nor the blind determination of one of their online agents.


    Now I know you're joking. Agents? Very creative.
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    Aug 18, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    It's either all the Florida heat, or too much gin.
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    Aug 19, 2013 3:45 AM GMT
    Blakes7 saidIt's either all the Florida heat, or too much gin.


    And what's the excuse for your nonsense? Baby, you were born this way?
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    what nonsense?
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    KissTheSky saidThe reason the GOP is so eager to suppress viewership of their primary debates is that their candidates are so embarrassingly bad.
    Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum... they're all lining up for the next campaign, which they use to get free media exposure to raise their own profile and sell their own books and reality-tv crap. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
    Too bad for the GOP that this train wreck will still be seen on all the other channels. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    This. This! This!!! jajaja!

    I want to see ongoing GOP implosion!
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Aristoshark said
    Blakes7 saidThey're finally standing up to the "news" network that runs democrat/liberal/socialist/communist propaganda 24/7. It's about time.

    Communist? seriously? Look, I know you're right-wing but you can't be this stupid.

    Never underestimate the stupidity of a right winger. Nor the blind determination of one of their online agents.


    This is why I so enjoy the "block him" and "ignore his posts" links.

    They are dead to me until they really are dead.
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    If Fox News ran a multi-part puff piece documentary about an ambitious republican who is considering a presidential run, the left would be screaming like banshees and jumping up and down in hysteria with how unfair it was for that person to get free advertising, and demand equal time for the opponent. As if the rest of the media were anywhere near equal and non-partisan.
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    Aug 19, 2013 5:10 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    ART_DECO said
    Aristoshark said
    Blakes7 saidThey're finally standing up to the "news" network that runs democrat/liberal/socialist/communist propaganda 24/7. It's about time.

    Communist? seriously? Look, I know you're right-wing but you can't be this stupid.

    Never underestimate the stupidity of a right winger. Nor the blind determination of one of their online agents.


    This is why I so enjoy the "block him" and "ignore his posts" links.

    They are dead to me until they really are dead.


    Sissy. Like Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche-"I'll never speak to you again". As if that could ever possibly be a detriment to me.
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    Aug 19, 2013 3:24 PM GMT
    The handful of sane people left in the GOP are probably delighted by this. The less the voters see of their candidates the better.