During an appearance on “Hannity” Monday night, RNC Chair Reince Priebus expanded on his decision to cut off CNN and NBC (including MSNBC) from hosting and moderating debates during the 2016 GOP presidential primary season:
I think it’s time that our Party stands up and protects our Party and candidates from networks that are not in the business of promoting our party; they’re not in the business of promoting our candidate; they’re not in the business of doing anything but promoting the Democratic Party. And I’m not going to sit around and watch this happen anymore. A couple of years ago we had a 23-debate traveling circus, and I think it’s about time we cut out those people that are actually spending time and money promoting our opponents.
Monday, in an exclusive to Breitbart News, Priebus sent a letter to CNN and NBC informing them that unless they cancel their respective projects about Hillary Clinton, they will not be allowed to host any of the GOP presidential primary debates. CNN is planning a two-hour Hillary documentary that will enjoy a limited theatrical release. NBC is producing a four-hour miniseries; Academy Award-nominee Diane Lane is already signed to play the former Secretary of State.
Both networks have already said that they have no intention of cancelling anything. This is undoubtedly good news for tens of millions of Republicans who are tired of seeing their candidates defined by news organizations dedicated to their destruction.
Priebus went on to make another round of compelling points, including the fact that during the 2008 presidential primary, Democrats froze Fox News out from hosting debates. Moreover, many of the same leftists ridiculing the RNC’s decision to avoid CNN and NBC due to these Hillary projects, are the same leftists who raged against Citizens United over its 2008 Hillary documentary.
The best news, though, is that Priebus made clear that the RNC is grabbing hold of these debates. He said, It is “our own right to choose who deposes and filters our candidates. I think I’m very reasonable here.”
Reasonable and sane. Outside of CNN and NBC, hopefully that means Priebus won’t allow the likes of a George Stephanopolous (a former Clintonite turned ABC News “reporter”) to ever again have access to a debate so he can lay the foundation for Obama’s phony War on Women narrative.
During the 2012 primary debate season, the mainstream media was relentless in its use of wild hypotheticals and gotcha questions that were mostly designed to focus on non-issues like gun control, abortion, race, birth control, and gay marriage. In debate after debate, biased moderators did everything in their power to avoid topics that might hurt Barack Obama and make our candidates shine: jobs, the deficit, and the overall economy.
Time and again, the moderator’s questions would play right into the hands of whatever anti-GOP narrative the Obama campaign was cooking up.
Moreover, too many of these unprofessional moderators repeatedly stole the spotlight, intentionally pitted our candidates against one another, and worked overtime to make the field look like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.
It was a suicide mission our candidates were on, and they accomplished it.
At any rate, based on their appalling track records, Priebus didn’t need yet-another reason to show CNN and NBC the door. But with these high-profile Hillary projects, they sure gave him one.
Follow John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC