RNC issues ultimatum to NBC and CNN: If you want to air GOP debates in 2016, cancel your Hillary movies

posted at 12:41 pm on August 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m confused. Even if both networks yield to the RNC’s demands, their intent to promote Hillary has already been proved. Why trust them to be “neutral” arbiters going forward just because the movies end up being canceled under pressure?

Is Candy Crowley suddenly a legit moderator again if “Hilary! The Movie” suspends production?

Today Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, calling on their networks to cancel their attempts to influence Americans’ political decisions. Both networks are airing programs promoting former Secretary Hillary Clinton ahead of her likely candidacy for president in 2016. NBC has announced plans to air a miniseries, while CNN is producing a documentary. If the productions are not canceled prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting, Chairman Priebus will seek a binding vote of the RNC to prevent the committee from partnering with these networks in 2016 primary debates or sanctioning debates they sponsor.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” said Chairman Priebus. “Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing. I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment. If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor.”

Read Priebus’s letter to NBC. He notes — correctly — that the parent network of MSNBC is, necessarily, not real trustworthy to begin with. He notes — correctly — that an awful lot of money has been raised for Democrats by execs at Comcast, NBC’s own parent network. (He also notes — correctly — that NBC’s Hillary boosterism hurts her Democratic rivals for the nomination as much as it hurts the GOP.) And then … he essentially offers to go through with the debates if the Hillary movie is spiked. Why?

Zeke Miller of Time floats a compelling theory:

Reforming the primary debate process has been a central component of the RNC’s 2012 autopsy, with party officials trying to restrict the number of debates and screen out unfriendly debate moderators. But the effort to cut back on the number of debates has run into headwinds from Republican state parties in early states, who in many instances see revenue from co-hosting the debates and associated events. The autopsy recommends changing the RNC rules to include penalties for Republican state parties or candidates if they participate in debates unsanctioned by the RNC.

To date that provision has not caught on. But Priebus’s letter is designed to make that easier when the Republican National Committee meets in Boston next week to discuss the debate schedule, according to one member of the Republican National Committee. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Priebus wrote in his letter.

Republican Party officials believe the 20 GOP primary debates during the 2012 cycle hurt their party and Mitt Romney, the eventual nominee. They proposed a more modest 10-12 debates, in part to protect better-funded candidates from insurgents who capitalize on their time before the cameras.

Priebus has indeed been calling for fewer debates for months. The more debates there are, the more chances there are for promising candidates to stumble fatally (like Rick Perry did) and the more chances there are for grassroots upstarts like Ted Cruz to make inroads at the expense of the establishment’s preferred candidates. But how can the RNC call for fewer debates without antagonizing the grassroots (and the state parties looking to make a buck from them)? Simple: Frame it as a war on media bias. Although, again, that raises the question of why the RNC even gave NBC and CNN a chance to retain their debate rights. Why not just declare the Hillary movies an unpardonable act of partiality and pull the plug? If they promised CBS and ABC exclusive network rights to carry the debates, the public pat on the back for comparative objectivity (emphasis on “comparative”) might make those nets a teensy bit better disposed towards the GOP and its nominee going forward than they’d otherwise be.

I guess Priebus figures there’s no way that either CNN or NBC will bow to their demands here, in which case it’s better for PR reasons to offer them a choice and have it be rejected than to simply pull the plug unilaterally. This way, with the RNC having now framed the issue as a test of the networks’ biases, when they go ahead and insist on airing the movies anyway, it’ll look like they’ve knowingly and willingly chosen to stick with Hillary boosterism than be neutral brokers in 2016. There’s some political value in that for Republicans, for this news cycle at least.

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It’s nice that you guys are less strident in your bigotry now that you’ve been challenged outed.

I’ll chalk that up as a win.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Over

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Look a bigot. ^^^^

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Lol! You have zero standing at HA. Pathetic.

Matter of fact, Capitalist Hog, the more research I do on you the less I like you. I certainly won’t trust your judgement on anything. You may well be a troll for all I know. Go back and read some of your stuff and let me know what you think.

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Sooey!!!

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

That was impressive.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Not really. Neither you or John “Last In My Class” McCain are really all that much of an intellectual challenge. It doesn’t take much brains to just attack and badmouth Republicans and conservatives constantly, and that’s all you and Hanoi John do anyway.

northdallasthirty on August 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Oooh. Hear that, guys? We’ve been outed! It’s such a shame bigotry isn’t a bannable offense here. Otherwise, we’d all be buried under the mountain of incontrovertible evidence CapHog has amassed against us.

Tap dance for me, shrew.

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Come on, Mr. Priebus. This Hillary movie, it’s got to be a comedy, right?

BigAlSouth on August 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

…just a stupid pig!
…not a hog though…just a sour sow!
…no rocky mountain oysters…on that one!

KOOLAID2 on August 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I’m sure they’ll remind the public of how she was shot at in Bosnia by snipers and of course her Benghazi “what difference does it make” comment

theblacksheepwasright on August 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

gop leadership more loathable everyday!

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/house-republicans-recess-plan-95180.html

HILLARY 2016!!!
Because the gop is too stupid to live!!

PappyD61 on August 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM

GOP debates hosted by pro-Democrat networks and moderated by pro-Democrats should always be turned into hilarious roasts of said networks and moderators. If they don’t get multiple FCC sternly worded letters by the time you’re through with them, you’re not ready for prime time.

Christien on August 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

First response to CNN moderator’s first question: “Thank you to the Clinton News Network, and I’m glad to be with you here this evening in the airport departure lounge.”

Christien on August 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

The more debates there are, the more chances there are for promising candidates to stumble fatally (like Rick Perry did)

I’m all for fewer debate than the insane number there were last time, but this notion is pretty stupid. However decent a President he might have been, Perry’s unsuitability as a candidate would have been exposed by Axelrod if it hadn’t been exposed by Republicans, and conservatism would now not even have the fig leaf of Romney’s status as a moderate Obamacare-inventor to keep hope alive for next time.

HitNRun on August 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

______

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

That about sums you up. You really need a life.

CW on August 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

BS, Priebus. Just cut out MSM moderators altogether. The whole MSM thing is framed to defeat us.

petefrt on August 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

CW on August 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Its not even sad, just pathetic.

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Its not even sad, just pathetic.

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

CapHog has a sad little life. It is obvious.

CW on August 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

No. It’s predictable and preventable. But GOP moderates and long-timers are too skurred to stand up to Tea Party extremists.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

In what reality, is the GOPe, kowtowing to the Tea Party? I’d sure like to move to it…

The GOPe’s actual problems are, it does not listen to the Tea Party enough.

Sharr on August 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

The GOPe’s actual problems are, it does not listen to the Tea Party enough.

Sharr on August 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

It’s a troll.

CW on August 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Tea party extremist.

The more you sing it bro,, the prouder I am of it.

wolly4321 on August 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Come on, Mr. Priebus. This Hillary movie, it’s got to be a comedy, right?

BigAlSouth on August 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Horror flick. Think of the money saved on scary masks.

msupertas on August 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM

CNN should be on the permanent fecal roster and permanently off any consideration after Candy Crowley fully presstituted herself for Zero and Wolfie Blitzers services rendered to Shrillary in the primary debates and dedicated pretending things didn’t happen during the Clintoon ad-grope-istration. Same for ABC and Miss Stuffinenvelopes shameless carrying of the DNC torch.

Did I mention Diane “Stoned” Sawyer creepiness during the debates or Angria Mitchell crazy aunt demeanor?

viking01 on August 6, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Don’t worry, the GOP corpse is merely doing some postmortem flinching. It’s really dead.

faraway on August 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

lol. My first thoughts too.

rickyricardo on August 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Tieing the debates to the Hillary miniseries seems like a poor move.

The problem isn’t that they are doing a series on Hillary; the problem is that they have proven themselves to be incredibly biased and willing to outright lie to protect their favored party. The haliography isn’t going to change that, and making that specifically the reason to pull the debates just paint the RNC as trying to muzzle people who don’t agree with them.

If they are going to do this, tie it to the Crowely affair, and all the rest of the BS they pulled last election. This thing, however, is just crass.

Voyager on August 6, 2013 at 3:25 AM

I’m sure they’ll remind the public of how she was shot at in Bosnia by snipers and of course her Benghazi “what difference does it make” comment

theblacksheepwasright on August 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

They will try to make it look like she performed some meaningful work – an actual job – to make her look presidential.

After all she has no real job experience. Her claim to fame is being Bill’s cheated on wife and nothing more.

dogsoldier on August 6, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Why doesn’t the RNC do a movie about Benghazi and Hillary’s special part in it.

Who would play Hillary?

stenwin77 on August 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Oh, and go ask real people in upstate NY what Hillary did for their state when she used them to position herself to run for pres.

NOTHING.

stenwin77 on August 6, 2013 at 6:24 AM

msdnc is helping out their daddy nbc, thinks reince is being a whiner…this won’t affect the elections, yada yada yada

should have just gone ahead anc canceled just on the basis of the candy defense show

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 6:27 AM

she’s had a great career and opportunities, so there is no harm with making a film about her…
-msdnc talking heads

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Black gop fl legislator just told morning joe and crew, I’m not african american, i’m an american

good for him

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 6:51 AM

there is a distinction between nbc and nbc entertainment dang it
-msdnc talking heads

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM

this is the time to cut all ties to the MSM. We have a sizeable, right-of-center media now. We don’t need the big 3 or the lefties at CNN/MSNBC. During the primaries we need to put together our own debates with our own moderators. During the election season we need to bow out of known liberal, ambush-style debates put together by the MSM unless we can have 50% of the say in how they’re put together with equal representation. When will our side ever wake up?? We don’t belong on The View!!

Darvin Dowdy on August 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Darvin Dowdy on August 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

me likey

we sure don’t need them during the primaries

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM

With all the chatter within the GOP (particularly conservative pundits) about how Republicans struggle to win the narrative and effectively communicate the platform, it surprises me that this is the RNC’s solution.

For once let’s take a page out of the Dems’ playbook. Instead of trying to squash the Hilary flicks, how about preparing a Republican version of the same? Start preparing…

comet on August 6, 2013 at 7:33 AM

We have officially become North Korea…

Pest on August 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

On the surface it may appear to be that the mouse is roaring against the Killary movie but that could be a cover for an attempt to gain control over any R candidate who could be TP backed and their 1st A right to free speech.

Kissmygrits on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Mr. Apache starts the outside work at 5 in the mornngs now due to the heat here in Texas.
Ms Apache being a person of intrest does oposition research on the TV until I take a break at 9.

Today she reviewed CNN.

They announced a TV show to be on at 8 Central time this week on day “The Truth About Bengazie”.

That should be a tell, tell moment in time of the Commie News Nuts.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

WELL, at least someone has some balls in the RNC/GOP.
A bunch of wet noodles!!!

mmcnamer1 on August 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Stupid. Don’t threaten. Do.

totherightofthem on August 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Aw, I was looking forward to the Hillary Movies where surely they would show her courageous adventures in Bosnia

http://bit.ly/XjMNQq

or her efforts to stifle free speech with UN Resolution 16-18

http://www.humanrights.gov/2012/04/19/1618-report/

and the consequences of her leaving Ambassador Stevens to fend for himself on 9/11 in Libya when everyone knew the area was a hotbed of Islamic terrorists.

Would be interesting.

Chessplayer on August 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I wonder if the movies were going to show where Monica was giving lessons on how to do “it”?

Tater Salad on August 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Come on, Mr. Priebus. This Hillary movie, it’s got to be a comedy, right?

BigAlSouth on August 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Actually, it’s a horror movie that even makes the blood and cutting genre directors shudder and run with fear.

Just the abortion chamber scene has thousands of bodies torn apart while Hillary smiles and then that death panel ending with those lines of family values people being marched off the cliffs….

Don L on August 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Why doesn’t the RNC do a movie about Benghazi and Hillary’s special part in it.

Who would play Hillary?

stenwin77 on August 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

It would be the first movie set destroyed by a squadron of drones ever….
Though he’s gone now, I’d audition Telly Savalas for the Hillary role. Who else could take all that sniper fire and laugh it off so perfectly?

Don L on August 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Any way we can get more stories moved into the Top Picks column?

It’s rather off-putting to have to see her face every time I visit Hot-Air.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

All of the Arkansas Corruption scenes would be interesting, also./

kingsjester on August 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Vince Foster, Chris Stevens and numerous others unable to be reached for comment.

And Socialist Dog, go back and read what was said about McCain IN CONTEXT and stop pontificating, you sack of excrement.

PJ Emeritus on August 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I think somebody needs to start working on some ads about Hillary to air during the Hillary movies. Mention some things that the movies might miss, like Benghazi, Travelgate, and her business dealings in Arkansas.

hawksruleva on August 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

The GOP is a joke…

deedtrader on August 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Without the TEA Party, the GOP is simply Demoncrap Lite, too bad for folks like Socialist Dog, that worm has turned and too many people are fully aware that either party – as they exist – would do the same damage to this country.

If the GOP continues to listen to people like he/she/it – they are doomed – period.

And in North Carolina, we know how to cook a pig.

PJ Emeritus on August 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will be our next POTUS.

That tragedy will be the result of Tea Party malpractice, malfeasance and malodorous supporters.

Priebus the Prince is feckless. His decrees are mocked almost as much as those issued by Steele.

MSNBC is a needle in the DNC vein. They’re symbiotic…or more like a a Human Centipede. MSNBC is probably going into emergency-production of another Hillary movie starring Lawrence O’donnell as Hillary.

CNN will cave.

RNC will in true form also cave even though they did not have to.

I am right. You are welcome.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

.
At least you’re right about MSNBCS.

But that’s all the credit you get from me.
.

You send that email yet?

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

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You still __________ that chicken?

I unlike every one of my cowardly detractors don’t whine about words used against me. I reply with my own words.

I notice you and your gaggle fantasizing about me in qotd. What’s her face, um, hornetsting emerged from her “bubble bath” wondering if I was still around.

Thanks for the option to live rent-free in your mind; I wish there was more space up there.

You’re still an anti-Muslim, anti-black and anti-gay bigot. Your retort will plead otherwise. But your past words belie your true feelings about Muslims, Latinos, homosexual men and African-Americans (other than Allen West or perhaps Alan Keyes).

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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Sounds like CurtZHP is using political ideology to define his “likes and dislikes.”

What’s wrong with that?

listens2glenn on August 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

The funniest part of Clinton News Network’s response is when they said the Hillary documentary would be “non-fiction.”

If you have to say it, then that says it all, really.

Christien on August 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Black gop fl legislator just told morning joe and crew, I’m not african american, i’m an american

good for him

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 6:51 AM

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“Good for him”, indeed.

But the leaders at the NAA(L)CP will claim:

“It’s only because he’s ashamed of his ‘blackness’, and hates himself.”

That’s they say about all ‘descendants-of-slaves’ who openly practice conservative political ideology.

listens2glenn on August 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Who would play Hillary?

stenwin77 on August 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Mary Landrieu.

Christien on August 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Who would play Hillary?

stenwin77 on August 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Gillian Anderson? No, wait…that’s Madeleine Albright.

Christien on August 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Without the TEA Party, the GOP is simply Demoncrap Lite, too bad for folks like Socialist Dog, that worm has turned and too many people are fully aware that either party – as they exist – would do the same damage to this country.

If the GOP continues to listen to people like he/she/it – they are doomed – period.

And in North Carolina, we know how to cook a pig.

PJ Emeritus on August 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

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Right-on.

listens2glenn on August 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Wonder how much of this stuff gets left on the cutting room floor?

http://www.uhuh.com/clinton/list-cli.htm

I kid – I’m a kidder.

PJ Emeritus on August 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

“Stop or I’ll shoot myself!”

elfman on August 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Who would play Hillary?

stenwin77 on August 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Whatsername, that woman who played Mimi on old Drew Carey Show

Stu Gotts on August 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I personally want to see the documentary about Obama’s CIA weapons-running program out of Benghazi and into the hands of waiting Jihadists / terrorists in Syria, about how no US Military or otherwise personnel were provided each time Ambassador Stevens begged for more security because Obama did not want anyone to know about the operation, about how Obama sacrificed Stevens & 3 other Americans by refusing to allow any response team to go into Benghazi to keep the CIA Op secret, and how involved hillary was, considering she participated in the cover-up!

easyt65 on August 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Well found the CNN (commie newsless nuts) tease on their web site.

Erwin Burnett will be the talking head cover up host.

“The White House may have been to busy with the re-election” “Mistakes may have been made”, but, but, but monkey stuff.

The House Republicans “may” have had reason to get more information early on but now not so much,, lie, lie, lie, death by selflie to the end.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

“The Truth About Benghize” by long boney fingers lying for the O hole.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

RNC needs to back up the threat by publicly entering talks with cable networks for the next presidential election. RNC needs to completely bypass lamestream networks (and CNN)altogether until they stop with the liberal ideology crap!!!

soapyjeans on August 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I hope nbc/cnn don’t cave to this kind of shit.

The republicans need the media more than the media needs republicans.

triple on August 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

^ Clueless – or another troll?

PJ Emeritus on August 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

The RNC should not participate in any debate unless it is on Fox. The liberal bias in the media has only gotten worse as our nation has unraveled under this president. Candy was the last straw. The RNC candidate will never be treated fairly on NBC, CBS, ABC or CNN. They are in the tank for the lefties, and they don’t play fair (and don’t care that they are called out on it). Romney had a chance until he got soft (probably on the advice of the McCain’s in the senate) in the last debate. We have to hammer them, and hammer them, and hammer them on all of their failings. It’s not like there isn’t a lot to highlight. The RNC needs to be more like the DNC, and play to win. Grow some balls, H******y sized balls.

Dr.Gills on August 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

If they show these Hillary infomercials, the GOP should call for Equal Time.

Loudly.

TimBuk3 on August 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

I hope nbc/cnn don’t cave to this kind of shit.

The republicans need the media more than the media needs republicans.

triple on August 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

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Nooo … I believe the Republican party can win without ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or even FOX giving them the time of day.

But the current management is unskilled (putting it politely) in these matters.

listens2glenn on August 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Why is the RNC worried about the Hillary movies?

Overexposure is Hillary’s worst nightmare.

Bring ‘em on … run Hillary movies and SITCOMs until everyone gets tired of her face … and name.

HondaV65 on August 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

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