Wow maybe the Grand Ol Party Grew a pair. Last month GOP Chairman Rance Priebus threatened NBC and CNN that if they didn’t withdraw their plans for “biographies” of Hillary Clinton he would bring up a measure to the National Committee banning those networks from hosting GOP primary debates.
Today the Republican National Committee voted to refuse to partner with CNN or NBC on 2016 GOP primary debates if those networks move ahead with planned films about Hillary Clinton which will end up being “little more than extended commercials” promoting the former secretary of state’s potential candidacy.
Liberal/Progressive pundits have criticized the move raising the “freedom of the press and freedom of speech,” a naive assertion. Putting aside the fact that the first Amendment to the Constitution only regulates the federal govt. not political parties–the GOP is not preventing the networks from airing their “informercials,” they are simply choosing not to deal with, as Priebus describe networks who are making a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scale of the 2016 presidential election.”
“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,” Priebus later said in a statement. “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.”
Friday’s resolution again called on NBC and CNN to reevaluate their programming and reiterated the RNC’s boycott threat. “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,” it read.
Nice to see the party develop some backbone..brings tears to my eyes.