That’s petty as hell!
The Republican National Committee today voted to ban Atlanta-based CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 presidential and vice presidential debates due to both network’s prospective projects about Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, is a possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
CNN last month announced it plans to do a feature film. NBC said it wants to do a miniseries with Diane Lane as Clinton.
“There are forces out there that want to divide our party. But we’re not going to let them get in the way of our mission—whether they’re naysayers or news networks,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus said at an RNC meeting this morning. “That’s why we said to the media, with a united voice, that a network that spends millions to spotlight Hillary Clinton is a network with an obvious bias. And that’s a network that won’t be hosting a single Republican primary debate.”
CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. The CNN broadcast date has not been determined. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. The project is in the very early stages of development, months from completion with most of the reporting and the interviewing still to be done. Therefore speculation about the final program is just that. We encouraged all interested parties to wait until the program premieres before judgments are made about it. Unfortunately, the RNC was not willing to do that.
Translation: “F*** yo couch!”
NBC was shook of possibly losing out on the opportunity to host a debate and send this tweet:
“NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project.”
“NBC Entertainment has many projects in development and this particular mini-series – which has nothing to do with the NBC News division – is in the very early stages. The script has not been written nor has it been ordered to production. It would be premature to draw any conclusions or make any assumptions about it at this time.”
What difference does it make who the network supports? The candidates are debating each other, not a news anchor. Furthermore, does that mean that they only want to be involved with a network that supports THEIR candidates??
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