GOP Votes To Punish Networks Over Clinton Projects

The vote to boycott CNN and NBC as debate sponsors is expected to pass easily

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Hillary Clinton speaking at Bryn Mawr College, Pa. , on July 9, 2013.

Republican leaders voted Friday to centralize party control over presidential primary debates in the name of punishing two networks that are producing major films about Hillary Clinton.

The resolution, obtained by TIME and published in full at bottom, fulfills a Republican National Committee threat to boycott NBC and CNN as primary debate sponsors if the networks move forward with their plans to air the films about the 2016 Democratic front-runner.

Republicans argue in the resolution that the projects, which have yet to be actually produced, “are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election.”

“Airing this programming will jeopardize will 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,” the resolution, formally titled “A resolution in support of media objectivity and accountability.” states. The measure passed unanimously by voice vote.

CNN and TIME are owned by the same parent company.

The resolution lays the groundwork for the centralization of the RNC’s control over the Republican primary process — a main priority of Chairman Reince Priebus, who is using longstanding GOP skepticism of the media to his political advantage. The numerous debates during the 2012 primaries are widely seen as having damaged the party and eventual nominee Mitt Romney.

Priebus laid into the networks on Friday in a fiery speech to the members of the RNC, drawing an extended standing ovation as he proclaimed the networks have “obvious bias” and that Republicans are “done putting up with this nonsense.”

“That’s why we said to the media with a united voice, that a network that spends millions of dollars to spotlight Hillary Clinton is a network with obvious bias,” he said. “And that is a network that won’t be hosting a single Republican primary debate.”

Our Party rules allow us to take action on these debates, so it’s time that we do what’s right for our Party, and our candidates. And by the way, it’s the right thing to do for our voters. They’re not going to get a real debate of substance if it’s run by a network who wants to help out Hillary Clinton. We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.  We’ll still reach voters, maybe more voters. CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors’ networks. The media overplayed their hand this time. It was so obvious that even the liberals saw it. After we took a stand we found some unlikely allies. Did you ever think you’d read in the New York Times Maureen Dowd writing Reince is Right? And some reporters at CNN and NBC are upset at the Democrat donors in their companies who made the decisions to run the Clinton promos. The networks can talk all they want about the lines between their divisions. But the same week that people at NBC promised that NBC News was different than NBC entertainment are separate — that very same week they made that argument, they announced that they are giving a primetime MSNBC slot to Alec Baldwin. We don’t have time for the media’s games.

Both networks have maintained that their news divisions are not involved in the projects, but journalists at both networks have expressed reservations about them.

The resolution has unified the party behind the GOP chairman, who intends to use it as a launching pad for tightening the party’s oversight of the debate process — including which networks and moderators will be granted the opportunity to participate.

It is expected to pass easily when party leaders take it up for a vote at the RNC meeting here.

Priebus told TIME that the most important component of the resolution comes in its final paragraph. That measure states the party “shall endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators and debate partners are chosen.”

The RNC Rules committee formed a private subcommittee Thursday to draft formal rules dealing with the debate calendar and candidates that violate party dictates, the second step toward consolidating the process under the RNC. The process of drafting specific rules is expected to take several months, and may include severe penalties for candidates that participate in unsanctioned debates.

The full resolution is below:

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 will 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.

This post was updated with Priebus’ Friday comments and the outcome of the vote.

644 comments
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fitty_three
fitty_three

@ReneDemonteverde

"You like to demean other people when you are not so perfect yourself."

"... like other libturds..."

Hypocrite much?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Can't wait for the first Rush Limbaugh moderated debate. A clown circus with a clown ringmaster. That should do wonders for the parties image.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Something they should have done long time ago, and also please dont let the McCains {RINOs} the Romneys {flat out wimps} represent them. And most of all learn the power of boycotting, which the racists and liberals are adept at. When libturds boycotted Chick a Fil A social conservatives rose up as one to defend the franchise. The boycott failed. If only they learn to boycott those companies which provided support to liberal causes.

lazarus00000
lazarus00000

part 1

Have you seen any shoes thown at these two kings of commedy?

The liberal press has been attacking the republicans for so long and using degrading commedy on them that I wonder how the democrats think they are somehow immune? Even now David Letterman respectfully hosts the president , his lovely wife and any liberal voice that happens to be in the neighborhood, but uses his one sidded power to influence millions of youth to treat all others with the utmost disrespect.

He posts pictures of republicans and gives them titles like "Boob of the Week" and so on. His insults to the Republicans are non stop.

I have been a fan of Saturday night live for decades with all of its disrespect to the establishment, but in all of this, there should be a balance. Otherwise the claim that the Democrats are evolving into a despotic socialist organization begins to receive credibility.

Lazarus

lazarus00000
lazarus00000


part 2

This particular president has received so many passes in the news , it is shameful. But the absolute worse crime of the liberal media is to ignore the rise of the Black Racist violence across the nation and in the media and even in the white house. We all know that NBC has a close companion that collaborates with the oval office who seems to have a direct line to the president. We all know this because it was documented in other news venues and is reflected in the types of articles that this editor allows to be printed on a national level. I am wondering why it took the GOP so long to take action against NBC and its affiliates.

This action does make me sad because I see America as a system of government based on checks and balances. The far left vs a the far right argues while the middle is filled with the moderates who brings some sanity to the conflict. I see the actions of the president as a war upon this middle, of the political spectrum that is the stability of the democratic government.

My only question is "why" would a person holding the highest office in the land deliberately sabotage the Moderates and midddle class?

Lazarus

MoreySoffo
MoreySoffo

Keep calling those land-lines, GOP.  

JadedCitizen
JadedCitizen

Reince Priebus is an embarrassment to our fair state of Wisconsin along with Paul Ryan and of course Governor David Koch. Oops! I meant that carpetbagging college drop out from Colorado - ol' snake eyed Walker. 

The insane GOP clown posse(my apologies to the band of the same name) just got even goofier if that's possible. 
Please - do us all a favor and boycott all the debates until the darn election is over. That way the rest of the world doesn't have to suffer such fools for the next two years.


marc.stein
marc.stein

Telling networks that they can't cover the Republican debates (especially after last time) is akin to telling your neighbor that they can't eat the dog poop out of your yard.

barneydidit
barneydidit

Come on GOP! You don't win elections by trying to exert control over sources of public information....everybody knows you win elections by passing state laws that keep minorities from voting!

sacredh
sacredh

"GOP Votes To Punish Networks Over Clinton Projects"

And the people punish the GOP at the polls over their views. If the GOP wants to reach the broadest possible audience, of course they're going to limit how many networks carry their debates. Huh?

earldgrayjr
earldgrayjr

Hey it's their choice...Well, I made the choice to block Fox news on my TV after the last election, and I am actually a lot happier now, so I guess I won't be watching the GOP debates this time around... 

Have fun, tell me how it went!!!



ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@fitty_three Here you are again. You rose from the dead spouting your hatred. But anyway welcome back. Haters have always a place in a public debate. You could see what a idiot sounds or looks like.

fitty_three
fitty_three

It has all the credentials: Goofy teeth, headcrest like a silly hat, and, it's extinct!

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@JadedCitizen You have one of the few good things that came out of Wisconsin, the cheese and the Green Bay Packers among the very few. And you still denigrate them in public.

MoreySoffo
MoreySoffo

@JadedCitizen Maybe it's a kind of wishful dyslexia, but every time I read his name my mind says "Prince Rebus": you know, the King of the Red-Butt Monkeys.  

sacredh
sacredh

@marc.stein, I caught the neighbors having sex in the backyard once. I wouldn't have minded so much but it was MY backyard. He said I kept my yard looking so good and all the flowers made it more romantic. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@barneydidit If you want unbiased source of public information those two would be the last source you would think. Although CNN once in a while does show its independent thought, NBC is really a garbage source of information. Who could forget the way they try to edit Zimmerman`s words to paint him as a racist ?


sacredh
sacredh

@earldgrayjr, I'd watch if I were you. The GOP debates of 2012 reminded me of that old Art Linkletter show "Kids Say The dardest Things". Some of the things the GOP candidates said were flat out funny. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ReneDemonteverde

I rose from the dead? Hatred?

I post a picture of cycnorhamphus and I'm a "zombie hater"?!?!

I hate to tell you this, but you made my point for me.

fitty_three
fitty_three

To be fair, I borrowed Witton's image of cycnorhamphus and description from his 2013 book on pterosaurs.

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, good morning retiredvet. The GOP approaches common sense like drunken sailor approahes a nun. She is a female, but my chances don't look good. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh @earldgrayjr All the outrageous stuff will be available for all to see. I don't think this "blackout" will work the way the GOP wants.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ReneDemonteverde

You've earned it. Also, downthread, you were insulting before I even posted. Need a mirror?

I do seem to be a little more in touch with reality than you.

As for hate, no, it's not hate, it's laughter. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@fitty_three @ReneDemonteverde You like to demean other people when you are not so perfect yourself.  Thanks, you admit I made your point for yourself. Which is of like other libturds know all the problems and none of the solutions.

fitty_three
fitty_three

ReneDemonteverde

you're late:

Barn, horse...

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, before I go, I wonder what everyone else has done (that seems funny in retrospect) that they never talk about. Care to add a few tales from your misspent youth? lol. Don't tell me you don't have a ton of them.

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, on a related note, as much as I admit to, there's still a good bit I'd never tell anyone else because some of the things I've done are in REALLY poor taste (not to mention illegal).

retiredvet
retiredvet

Shoot. If it's not all true he can't write a book!!

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, of course I do, but they're usually obvious snarks. This wasn't though. The stuff I make up is almost always directed at the right.

retiredvet
retiredvet

'morning. It's going to be fun to watch until/if they come to their senses. I'm not holding my breath though.

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, like most of their other brainstorms, this will backfire on them.