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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Five debates and that is it…

mnjg on August 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Only one, let the people ask questions, media not involved at all, open discussion…impromtu, no help, no preparation…expose them as who they really are and what they know, and how they handle tough questions…imagine the platinum-sprayed-horseturd in chief in such a debate.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

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

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CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The embarrassment of losing to Hillary will be devastating.

MT on August 5, 2013 at 2:07 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

Personally, the Republicans should have refused to send anyone on CNN after what Crowley did during the debates. To coordinate that ambush with the Obama campaign was a purely partisan move on their part and should have been dealt with. It’s hard to feel sorry for the Republicans when they don’t deal with their media problems in a direct and forthright manner.

In this case, Preibus should have just excluded CNN and NBC from the process completely, just like the Democrats refused to go on Fox News because Fox would actually ask a tough question.

bflat879 on August 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

if the dems can tell fox news no why can’t the gop tell the rest of them to pound sand…

cmsinaz on August 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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

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

Should be: I, unlike every one of my cowardly detractors, don’t whine….etc. When placed in the middle of the independent clause, an adverb clause generally acts as an interrupter and requires a pair of commas (one before and one after). Also, the Grammar Police called to revoke your license.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

In this case, Preibus should have just excluded CNN and NBC from the process completely, just like the Democrats refused to go on Fox News because Fox would actually ask a tough question.

bflat879 on August 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

this

cmsinaz on August 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Uh the GOP debates? Who cares. If they want it to sting, promise to veto any personality from either network when it comes time to choose general election debate moderators.

(Which would really be a shame, because if I could choose the three moderators, assuming Fox wasn’t allowed, I’d pick PBS’s Lehrer, CBS’s Pelley, and CNN’s Tapper).

LukeinNE on August 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I don’t think I like the idea of Hank Johnson being ‘normal‘, but you do have a point. They seem rather ruthless when it starts to embarrass the party.

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

There’s no crying in politics (unless it has been arranged in advance to further your agenda, I mean.) How are things? Still making a killing do that –er, killing thing you do? :D

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Only one, let the people ask questions, media not involved at all, open discussion…impromptu, no help, no preparation…expose them as who they really are and what they know, and how they handle tough questions…imagine the platinum-sprayed-horseturd in chief in such a debate.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

..hermano! You, me? Separated at birth, methinks, bro.

The War Planner on August 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

What can be done to speed up the process so Chris Christie can graciously lose to Hillary?

RNC goal #1

PappyD61 on August 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Fixed.

I can already see Christie giving Hillary a great big bear hug after he concedes and she names him as her VP.

Oh, assuming he doesn’t run on the GOP ticket.

Aizen on August 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

How are things? Still making a killing do that –er, killing thing you do? :D

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Things could be better financially. My niece just got married…four years after she had her kid. The order of events could have used some work, in my opinion. It was nice though and she didn’t go Bridezilla and realized it was a day for everyone. A lot of vendors seemed taken aback at her undemanding attitude.

What about you? How are things in your neck of the woods?

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Oh, assuming he doesn’t run on the GOP ticket.

Aizen on August 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

LOL Once Roly McPoly has served his purpose, he’ll be relegated back to the hinterlands right quick. He’ll have to make his grovelling concession from a distance.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Things could be better financially. My niece just got married…four years after she had her kid. The order of events could have used some work, in my opinion. It was nice though and she didn’t go Bridezilla and realized it was a day for everyone. A lot of vendors seemed taken aback at her undemanding attitude.

What about you? How are things in your neck of the woods?

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Pretty well. It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over already! Chesapeake completed the first lateral on our property down in the Utica back in May. Now we’re waiting for the pipeline. Once that happens we’ll have some idea of production numbers (i.e. royalties.) That’s presuming the EPA doesn’t find some pretext to ban fracking in the meantime.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

You’re still an anti-Muslim, anti-black and anti-gay bigot.

Low-Info Blue State Jerked Pork on August 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

That’s funny, coming from someone whose pen name includes a word blasphemous to Islam (“hog”).

It also shows you have absolutely no problem supporting a religion that treats gays like trash, while at the same time calling out others for being “bigoted” against both groups.

And you wonder why we all laugh at you? Keep up your mindless stupidity, it’s great entertainment for the adults here.

A+

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

LOL Once Roly McPoly has served his purpose, he’ll be relegated back to the hinterlands right quick. He’ll have to make his grovelling concession from a distance.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

True, but that’s precisely how ol’ Hillary is paving the way for her anointment in 2016. After all the time spent in the hinterlands because of Bubba and Barry, she’ll finally get her due (and the media’s right along with her to make sure it happens).

Christie will use the Hillary Strategy® and win the election in 2020 or 2024. I’m sure he’ll have lost a few pounds, by then.

Aizen on August 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

And you wonder why we all laugh at you? Keep up your mindless stupidity, it’s great entertainment for the adults here.

A+

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

And she’s a hell of a tap dancer.

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

The War Planner on August 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Cheers. Keep low profile tomorrow. The CiC, with all the ‘threats’, real and especially made up, to divert from scandals and the NSA taking over 100%, will be in LA and your area tomorrow. He will campaign and market obama’care’…he has to sell what “is so good that all are clamoring for”.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Christie will use the Hillary Strategy® and win the election in 2020 or 2024. I’m sure he’ll have lost a few pounds, by then.

Aizen on August 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

This comment makes me wish I liked to drink.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Chesapeake completed the first lateral on our property down in the Utica back in May. Now we’re waiting for the pipeline. Once that happens we’ll have some idea of production numbers (i.e. royalties.)

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Joining OPEC are we?

I wonder how much of that will be used to fund more government bloat by way of taxes?

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Christie will use the Hillary Strategy® and win the election in 2020 or 2024. I’m sure he’ll have lost a few pounds, by then.

Aizen on August 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

He’s more than welcome to lord it over whatever is left; a tin-pot preznit gazing on a crumbling, ruined land.

Bishop on August 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Joining OPEC are we?

I wonder how much of that will be used to fund more government bloat by way of taxes?

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

LOL You will like this.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

America’s embarrassment of electing Hillary, the enabler of a rapist, will be devastating.

MT on August 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

FTFY, chumplett. I figure garbage like you would want to showcase your future President’s biggest accomplishment. Clinging to the pant legs of a rapist, for everything she’s achieved in life.

Corrupt leadership for a corrupt American people. Corrupt leadership for YOU, chumplett.

MNHawk on August 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Why threaten..? Just do it.

d1carter on August 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

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

Nah. Larry is FAR too feminine to play Hillary

PJ Emeritus on August 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

He’s more than welcome to lord it over whatever is left; a tin-pot preznit gazing on a crumbling, ruined land.

Bishop on August 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Are we all going to move to Northern Colorado? All the Conservatives should be able to fit if we stand sideways, right?

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Christie will use the Hillary Strategy® and win the election in 2020 or 2024. I’m sure he’ll have lost a few pounds, by then.

Aizen on August 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

By then America will be Detroit Zimbabwe.

Btw, Mugabe ‘won’, again, in Zimbabwe. He said so yesterday. obama won in 2012 like Mugabe just did.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

LOL You will like this.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

It would be nice to see them hurting for cash, but unfortunately it will probably mean the fall of the Saudi monarchy. They will be replaced by a radical Muslim regime which will be hard to differentiate from what they are currently doing.

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 2:40 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

Don’t be ridiculous C.H. I am a member of the Tea Party and I can assure you that we are not extremists in any sense of the word. So “Don’t Tread On Me” with your ignorant words.

In fact, if the Republican Party wants to re-brand itself they should embrace and welcome the Tea Party members. Only then will we have a chance of taking back our country from these Socialist-Democrats.

Cherokee on August 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

You’re still an anti-Muslim … anti-gay bigot.

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

Riddle me this, little man. If I’m anti sharia law, for little things like executing people because they’re gay, does that make me more of an anti-Muslim bigot, or an anti-gay bigot?

Are Democrat garbage even bright enough to comprehend what they type?

MNHawk on August 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

LOL You will like this.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

No fracking kidding :)

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

America’s embarrassment of electing Hillary, the enabler of a rapist, will be devastating.

MT on August 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Hillary has blood on her hands/soul. Why do you think she was called in for lunch with the oaf who despises her. He’ll under-bus her, soon.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

She certainly has – at everything she has ever done.

PJ Emeritus on August 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The obamas will Never, Never, Never support a Clinton.

Without that no black from the left will vote for her.

Since D. Patrick is not running, Booker will. The obamas will never support dummy Biden either. They need a front guy and Booker is it.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:46 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

Don’t be ridiculous C.H. I am a member of the Tea Party and I can assure you that we are not extremists in any sense of the word. So “Don’t Tread On Me” with your ignorant words.

In fact, if the Republican Party wants to re-brand itself they should embrace and welcome the Tea Party members. Only then will we have a chance of taking back our country from these Socialist-Democrats.

Cherokee on August 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Don’t try to reason with it….simply move on.

ToddPA on August 5, 2013 at 2:47 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

Despite your screen name, if you really believe that Tea Party values are extreme, then I find it very hard to believe you could truly be anything even remotely resembling a capitalist.

UltimateBob on August 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

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

Hey, where’d you go? I was looking forward to proof-reading more of your comments so that I could hold your grammatical errors up to ridicule!

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

With the GOP and RNC ogling 2016 possibles like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, tell me, “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?” Regular Right Guy

Mornin Mojo on August 5, 2013 at 2:49 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

Um, they’ve been flipping the bird at the Tea Party since its inception.

They actually believe that they won in 2010.

They didn’t.

Resist We Much on August 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Reality check…turn on your irony button.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

This is stupid. Past actions on the part of biased debate moderators weren’t enough to have already issued this kind of ultimatum? If they don’t make the movies, GOP/Priebus are just fine submitting GOP candidates to more of the same craptastic behavior from the moderators?

Ridiculous.

Midas on August 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The obamas will Never, Never, Never support a Clinton.

Without that no black from the left will vote for her.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

If she’d the candidate, 95% of them will categorically vote for her.

Midas on August 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

If she’d the candidate, 95% of them will categorically vote for her.

Midas on August 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

The fat lady hasn’t sung, not by far.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

First the GOP should have already thrown NBC out. It serves no purpose for any republican or conservative group to advertise with them. The only people who watch NBC and MSNBC are leftist and brain dead idiots. So by advertising with them all you are doing is just giving them money.

Seriously if you are going to make an example of cutting off someone they are the poster child. No interviews, no time, give them nothing. Make a pledge that if a republican becomes president the press secretary should not answer any questions or interviews with NBC. All republican politicians at all levels should boycott the network by refusing interviews, and ad money.

If the GOP needs to make an example of one network and regain some pride and instill some fear again. Basically the media does what it does because they know they can get away with it without retaliation.

William Eaton on August 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The number of debates never was a problem. Liberal dirtbag moderators like Brian Williams were.

We can have 20 primary debates: just have them on FOX News. Nobody bothers the Democrats because they refuse to debate on FNC, because they are ideologically opposed to it.

Valkyriepundit on August 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

if the dems can tell fox news no why can’t the gop tell the rest of them to pound sand…

cmsinaz on August 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

If the Dems tell Fox no they still have all the other alphabet channels to go and spread their message on. If Gop tells the Alphabet channels no then all their left with is FOX and the internet.

Not a winning strategy.

Politricks on August 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

If the Dems tell Fox no they still have all the other alphabet channels to go and spread their message on. If Gop tells the Alphabet channels no then all their left with is FOX and the internet.

Not a winning strategy.

Politricks on August 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The Blaze says Hi.

nobar on August 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

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.

Probably in much the same way that using a condom might make a victim a teensy bit better disposed towards her rapist.

Dexter_Alarius on August 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Don’t be ridiculous C.H. I am a member of the Tea Party and I can assure you that we are not extremists in any sense of the word. So “Don’t Tread On Me” with your ignorant words.

In fact, if the Republican Party wants to re-brand itself they should embrace and welcome the Tea Party members. Only then will we have a chance of taking back our country from these Socialist-Democrats.

Cherokee on August 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

If the term doesn’t apply to you why did you ears perk up? If you’re not an “extremist” responding directly to that label might confuse people.

You chose to respond to a label you allege is inaccurate per your personal values. I have some advice for ya Swift. If I’m not talking to/about you DON’T EFFING RESPOND.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Fired from the Watergate investigation for being “unethical and lying,” Whitewater, FBI files in her office when First Lady illegally, Benghazi, etc., etc.

Irony is, if these were LEGITIMATE documentaries about Hitlery, she would be completely and forever done in politics and a pariah in her personal life.

PJ Emeritus on August 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The public’s ignorance about Hillary’s character is the result of the media’s willfull ignoring of her problems.
I certainly didn’t hear much about some of these situations (other than brief pretend-you-didn’t-hear-this news spots) until I started reading conservative blogs.

If there were legitimate NEWS STORIES about 90% of our government officials … on the other hand, even the ones we know are dishonest, lying, sleazy, etc. still get voted back into office.

AesopFan on August 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Tappity, tappity, tap.

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

When you think about this, though, how many people do you know who would sit down and watch an entire mini-series about the Clinton years. I wouldn’t, but then I lived through them. I can’t imagine young people getting excited about the show. Who is their audience?

scalleywag on August 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

While the RNC doesn’t have a lot of leverage over NBC and CNN, it does have some. The debates in 2011 tended to get good ratings for their networks – not “Sunday Night Football” or “American Idol”-type ratings, but good by cable standards. Even MSNBC managed to win the ratings the night they aired a Republican debate.

So if the RNC wanted to produce and moderate its own debates and offer them to cable networks for them to air, I think it’s safe to say that some network would take them up on it.

J.S.K. on August 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Personally, the Republicans should have refused to send anyone on CNN after what Crowley did during the debates. To coordinate that ambush with the Obama campaign was a purely partisan move on their part and should have been dealt with. It’s hard to feel sorry for the Republicans when they don’t deal with their media problems in a direct and forthright manner.

In this case, Preibus should have just excluded CNN and NBC from the process completely, just like the Democrats refused to go on Fox News because Fox would actually ask a tough question.

bflat879 on August 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Yeah, but she did apologize — after the damage was done.
I still remember the smirk in Obama’s voice when he told her to read the “quote”.
It was a set-up from the get-go.

I was willing to listen to Obama’s pitch in 2008 because electing a black president did have a historic appeal, but it only took a few exposures of his private character for me to conclude he was a total jerk.
Nothing has happened since to change my opinion.

AesopFan on August 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

My best guess is by 2016 when the election really heats up, the NSA will have complete control of all information. So in the words of Hillary Clinton, paraphrase “who gives a sh*t, I got this”.

DDay on August 5, 2013 at 3:56 PM

And NBC& CNN care about this threat because? …

Wouldn’t it be more effective to include in the political ADs that “their candidate is so weak the media in bed with the candidate needs a fluff piece” or something?

TerryW on August 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

The obamas will Never, Never, Never support a Clinton.

Without that no black from the left will vote for her.

Since D. Patrick is not running, Booker will. The obamas will never support dummy Biden either. They need a front guy and Booker is it.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Yep, Booker got that nod a few years ago…Obama machine will support Booker…Dems figured it out…GOP did not

Redford on August 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

If the term doesn’t apply to you why did you ears perk up? If you’re not an “extremist” responding directly to that label might confuse people.

You chose to respond to a label you allege is inaccurate per your personal values. I have some advice for ya Swift. If I’m not talking to/about you DON’T EFFING RESPOND.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Well, you’re talking to me now “Sparky”. So, let’s have a debate. Fire away with some facts, if you have any, concerning the Tea Party being “extremists” (to use your terminology).

Cherokee on August 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Why isn’t Joe Biden the presumptive nominee?

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Because the Democrats aren’t as stupid as Republicans are.

sharrukin on August 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Hillary’s still running, so I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the stupidity of Democrats.

Still, I have faith in the GOP. They can still manage to lose, even to the hilariously incompetent and shrewish Hillary.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Tea Party extremists.

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

Speaking of stupid.

The only way it makes sense to throw “Tea Party” and “extremist” together like that is if you’re so far to the left that you think John McCain is an extremist.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Why the GOP would have anything to do with NBC or any of its affiliates is beyond me. They should refuse to participate in any so called “debates” or air even one ad on their left wing networks. I mean seriously, it’s the equivalent of the DNC agreeing to debate and advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

Dollayo on August 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

John McCain is an extremist.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Are you a bad liar or just really stupid?

Jonn McCain is an American hero. He is nobody’s extremist. Stop trying to tie him to your brand of ___________.

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

Wouldn’t it be more effective to include in the political ADs that “their candidate is so weak the media in bed with the candidate needs a fluff piece” or something?

TerryW on August 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I doubt it would be that effective. When has any candidate ever won by running ads saying that the media was biased for their opponent?

J.S.K. on August 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

It seems to me there should be time to bring Hillary down. She has nothing to offer. She is smoke and mirrors, yet the RNC can’t get some kind of campaign going to stop her?

Where is the Anybody But Hillary “Democrats” It worked forDemocrats planning 4 years ahead to bring down Romney. Get it started on our side! It won’t kill you to pretend to be Democrat for the great good.

Do it. It is a proven election winner! Fake Dems you can do what the fake Republicans started for 2012. Copy the tactics! And I’m sure they have as many idiots in their party as we do in ours. The far left is as dumb as the far far right.

petunia on August 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

No Republican man will beat Hillary with the media support she’s going to get. The WOW playbook that worked for Obama will work again… Hillary is just as shameless, and the sheeple are just as blind to the lies.

MT on August 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Incredibly petty on the part of the RNC. All this does is call attention to Hillary, as the RNC plays the victim card. If the RNC thinks that running a Hillary documentary and/or mini-series puts them at a distinct disadvantage in 2016, then the GOP is running scared and has a heckuva lot more problems than running a TV show.

asc85 on August 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

If I’m not talking to/about you DON’T EFFING RESPOND.

Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Inflated self worth much?

Who died and made you the head of HA?

You are a pale shadow, signifying nothing.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

No primary debates, whatsoever. Leave the debates to the presidential candidates of each party, and make them answer the questions!

HiJack on August 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The RNC and the GOP are neutered wimps. Their threats come off as whining and toothless.

The media does not care what Priebus says. The networks are going to cheer lead with reckless abandon after achieving the results of the last two Presidential elections. All his words do is put the RNC in a position to be forced to accept their consequences.

Priebus might as well be punching himself in the face. I mean, the GOP has mastered losing the fight before facing an opponent.

I just loathe the GOP “leadership”. Their incompetence, lack of values, and utter dearth of guts is responsible for facilitating many of the problems this nation faces.

alecj on August 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Poor trollish hog/whore.

CW on August 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

If the GOP needs to make an example of one network and regain some pride and instill some fear again. Basically the media does what it does because they know they can get away with it without retaliation.

William Eaton on August 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

IF the GOP needs to regain some pride? Stop it. You’re killing me.

HiJack on August 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

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

You must actually WORK at NBC with that little attempt at a selective quotation.

Pathetic.

PJ Emeritus on August 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Just listened (briefly) to Michael Medved whine himself into a tizzy over this. He actually said it was “the stupidest thing he had heard in years”. Talk about hyperbole.

He likened it to a boycott. Medved can be a pathetic liberal nitwit when he puts his mind to it.

This is a perfectly logical and responsible move by Priebus; it’s not a boycott and it isn’t stupid. Most Republicans view the networks as corrupt and illegitimate on domestic political issues, dominated by the left and operating as a propaganda function for the Democrats.

The logical move when they make propaganda movies promoting a Democrat candidate — refuse to participate, of course.

Jaibones on August 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I would think the networks definitely want to air the 2016 Republican debates. The 2008 and 2012 presidential field was a total snoozefest. I know you all don’t like Rubio and Christie very much…..but I can’t imagine a debate with them in it will be a snoozefest.

terryannonline on August 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Ready.Aim.Fire.Miss.

SouthernGent on August 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Ready.Aim.Fire.Miss.

SouthernGent on August 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Pretty much. CNN just flipped him the bird. NBC claims they aren’t involved in their project.

dogsoldier on August 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

The biggest story is the contrast as to how objections are challenged. Democrats choose to head to the courts and get government involved at every step of the way. (Hillary suing to have anti-Hillary movie stopped)

Republicans work the free market angle.

Quite a contrast in my opinion and one that should make everyone think twice about voting for a Democrat.

Anyone want to bet on Hillary’s take on McCain-Feingold in regards to a supportive movie? LOL We all know in her mind this movie wouldn’t fall under McCain-Feingold but “Hillary – The Movie” would.

ButterflyDragon on August 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Yeah. I can’t wait for a debate between Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. Each claiming to be more ‘conservative’ than the other two.

Let’s run Dole again.

trigon on August 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Yeah. I can’t wait for a debate between Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio.

I think a debate that includes Rubio, Christie and Rand Paul should be very interesting. Better than Hillary and Cuomo at least.

terryannonline on August 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

The producer of this film, was at Showtime, when they aired that slanderous Reagans series, with 9/11 truther Brolin, as the Gipper.

narciso on August 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

African-Americans (other than Allen West or perhaps Alan Keyes).

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

West and Keyes hold dual citizenship? Wait, isn’t Africa a continent? How can you have dual citizenship in a whole continent?

Nutstuyu on August 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I don’t get the end game with this. Somehow, some way I think the repub rinos are making themselves look foolish with this stance. Proving themselves to be the party of “dumb”. What is to prevent HBO or Showtime, TBS, whomever, making the movies? Does this prevent the leftie biased moderator at any of the debates?

Amjean on August 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

According to Breitbart, CNN has told the RNC that they were going ahead and it would be a “disservice to voters” if the RNC were to boycott there network for debates.

Preibus needs to stick by his guns and make them pay. They would have stuck us with Wolfie or Candy anyway.

Tater Salad on August 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Should be: I, unlike every one of my cowardly detractors, don’t whine….etc. When placed in the middle of the independent clause, an adverb clause generally acts as an interrupter and requires a pair of commas (one before and one after). Also, the Grammar Police called to revoke your license.

cynccook on August 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Might I suggest that the only way by which you could have surmised that what he wrote was not correct grammar, (horrors) was if you fully comprehended what he was communicating.

If you did, then what’s the big deal? Grammar is a means to an end, not an end in itself.

Don L on August 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Keeping it on Showtime or HBO, limits it’s impact, of course this is the same party that sent representatives to ‘Julianne’s Bender’ HBO’s in kind contribution, Ryan, a Romney staffer, Brabender one of Santorum’s men, so I’m not holding my breath.

narciso on August 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I think this is good chess. They’re calling attention to the bias and now NBC & CNN have to figure out a response.

If they end up making the expected obsequious puff-bios, the Republican commercials against “Sir Edmund” Hillary Clinton almost write themselves.

And the story of Candy Crowley’s walk-back stays in the background the whole time.

Pythagoras on August 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

How can you have dual citizenship in a whole continent?

Nutstuyu on August 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Er…join the CIA?

Don L on August 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I think it ends up being a win for the Republicans because either CNN and NBC cave in in which case they get the debate they would probably get before or the Republicans get to bypass these 2 outlets that did them so much damage. Simply bypassing them without any reason is probably to much for the Republicans though if they had the balls they would use the words Candy Crowley.

Conan on August 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

No more Candy Crowleys.

ChamomileTea on August 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Miss Piggy wasnt’ all that much worse than ABC’s Martha Ratsass.

Jaibones on August 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

The fact that the RNC is even considering letting CNN or NBC moderate a debate is the clearest evidence that the Republican Party is doomed. The mere fact that Democrat propaganda outlets like those are important to Democrats doesn’t make them something to which any Republican should give the time of day.

The Democrats had no problem refusing Fox News debates and all they did was win everything after the refusal, but you’re telling me that if Republicans refuse ‘rat outlets that they are doomed? I think people get confused by seeing Republicans on these Democrat networks because the people start thinking: “hmmm, I guess this network isn’t a biased liberal propaganda outfit after all because surely these Republicans wouldn’t want anything to do with them if they were.”

Marginalize them.

Buddahpundit on August 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

You’re typical of Tea Party knownothings in this regard.
Capitalist Hog on August 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Anti-social troll. You make a fool of yourself here on a daily basis. It’s clear that people in real life are sick of you and can’t stand you, so you have to come online to find people to subject to your self-obsessed trolling. Don’t know if your perpetual bad attitude is because you haven’t had much luck at the bathhouse lately, but I do know that your vile behavior here detracts from and cancels out any points you make.

bluegill on August 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Yet one more example of a rudderless GOP. If GOP leadership actually had principles and was truly working for the people then maybe they wouldn’t need to be afraid of a movie. This BS just makes them look even more stupid.

tnarch on August 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Capitalist Hog is pissed because one of the gay people he thinks should be his plantation slave punched his lights out and ground his face into the carpet when he started spewing his hate.

And it’s no surprise Capitalist Piggy supports John McCain; both he and Mavericky the Maverick are incompetent narcissists with an unhealthy sexual attraction to Obama and a need to whore for attention.

northdallasthirty on August 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Who died and made you the head of HA?

You are a pale shadow, signifying nothing.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

“A pale shadow…” Really? OK, here’s the thing. That statement tells me you’re trying way too hard.

How long have you been looking for an excuse to jump on my Scroll up.

Follow these instructions closely. Scroll up. Get some context. Then just wither away. I can’t see myself being moved to reply to your inanity again.

Too bad you cannot say the same. So I guess I’ll see you next time you jump into my soup. Just realize that you got crumbed by a man “signifying nothing.” What does that signify for you, Bub?

You must actually WORK at NBC with that little attempt at a selective quotation.

Pathetic.

PJ Emeritus on August 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

My remarks stand.

I’ve never suggested McCain was an extremist. He isn’t. He has nothing to do with Tea Party extremism. So stop trying to co-mingle his sanity with your extremism.

If you want to complain about selective editing you should check your own standards.

My follow up remarks are pretty clear unless you’re a _________.

Suit yourself.

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

African-Americans (other than Allen West or perhaps Alan Keyes).

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

West and Keyes hold dual citizenship? Wait, isn’t Africa a continent? How can you have dual citizenship in a whole continent?

Nutstuyu on August 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I think she’s suggesting that they are somehow different by dint of their conservatism. It’s probably a term that fits neatly into one of those “_________” spaces she leaves in her posts when she wants to let her true bigoted colors show, but wants to avoid the banhammer.

But she’s a hell of a tap dancer.

CurtZHP on August 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

northdallasthirty on August 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

That was impressive.

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

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