Alec Baldwin to MSNBC, Hillary Clinton to NBC

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


jtjtThis week, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus declared that the Republican primary candidates would not be debating on CNN or NBC so long as those networks insisted on running hagiographies of potential 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. CNN is creating a documentary; NBC is creating a miniseries with the drop-dead beautiful Diane Lane playing the not-so-much Hillary.

Priebus stated to CNN, “I find CNN’s actions disturbing and disappointing. Your credibility as a supposedly unbiased news network will most certainly be jeopardized by the decision to show political favoritism and produce an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton’s nascent campaign.” He wrote to NBC, “NBC cannot purport to be a neutral party in American politics, and the credibility of NBC News, already damaged by the partisanship of MSNBC, will be further undermined by the actions of NBC Universal executives who have taken it upon themselves to produce an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton’s nascent campaign.”

NBC immediately fired back by stating that NBC News was different than NBC Entertainment, and never the twain shall meet. NBC News immediately responded to Priebus, writing that it is “completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project.”

Mika Brzezinski of the unwatchable Morning Joe on MSNBC asked Priebus if he understood the distinction. “I have to set a debate calendar that has the best interests of our party and our nominees in mind. And if I’ve got NBC doing a miniseries with Diane Lane…it makes my choice of moderators much easier,” Priebus answered. “People see NBC and … NBC is in the business of news. They’re in the business of entertainment. There are times when decisions that are made by NBC, whether it’s entertainment or whether it’s the news, that are going to have an effect over the entire brand.”

So, is there a firewall between NBC News and NBC Entertainment?

The answer didn’t take long in coming. On Thursday, sources told Mediaite that actor Alec Baldwin – yes, the star of NBC’s 30 Rock, famed voicemailer (“rude, thoughtless little pig”), and “Words With Friends” aficionado – will be joining MSNBC on Friday evenings to talk politics. His new show, which has yet to be named, will air at 10 pm ET. Baldwin’s politics are famously leftist and virulently violent; in 1998, he suggested that he would like to “stone Henry Hyde to death,” and said that if Americans didn’t live in America, “we would go to [Republicans’] homes and kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families, for what they’re doing to this country.”

As John Nolte of Breitbart News rightly pointed out, “There has never been a firewall between the news and entertainment divisions at any news network, much less NBC. Look at how frequently NBC’s various news outlets (broadcast, online, cable) aired Tina Fey’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ appearances as Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election. The news division’s motive was glaringly obvious – they loved being able to endlessly broadcast those clips to in an effort destroy this woman as a viable candidate.” There’s a reason that Brian Williams appeared on 30 Rock almost as often as Fey herself.

The truth is that there is no real gap between the entertainment and news divisions of television networks. That’s been true for decades. Paddy Chayefsky pointed it out as early as Network, when network executive Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) takes over the newsroom: “when          I took over this department, it had the worst programming record in television history. This network hasn’t one show in the top twenty.  This network is an industry joke.  We better start putting together one winner for next September.  I want a show developed, based on the activities of a terrorist group. Joseph Stalin and his merry band     of Bolsheviks. I want ideas from you people. And, by the way, the next time I send an audience research report around, you all better read it, or I’ll sack the f—ing lot of you, is that clear?”

Ratings and liberalism rule the roost. That’s why the RNC is right. That’s why Alec Baldwin will soon be a news host. And that’s why the Republican Party had better pull its collective head out of its posterior about the value of entertainment in shaping Americans’ views.

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  • poptoy1949

    CNN and NBC are playing favorites.A Chimp with 1/2 a Brain would agree to that. This is shameful. But this is the work of a Corporation that is not suppose to take sides. Instead they feed the masses with Propaganda. This is PROPAGANDA. The owners of these corporations should stop this kind of thing immediately. By the way who are the owners?

    • nomoretraitors

      Probably George Soros

  • Demetrius Minneapolis

    I’m glad the GOP may have learned to play hardball for a change. What I remember distinctly from the 2008 primary campaign was wall-to-wall documentaries on CNN, in particular about blacks in American and the horrific history they endured 100+ years ago. This went on for months during the primaries and continued on during the Presidential campaign. Stoking the racial fires and guilt sure benefited Obama then, but we never saw those documentaries again.

  • hpe reader

    The Left’s “leaders” are pop stars. That should tell any intelligent person something. And they are “leaders” because their followers are an alliance of low information stooges and “not so bright” heirs of the spoils of their forefather’s efforts. The second group doesn’t have a clue about what is required to make it in a competitive world without their heritage head start, both domestically and internationally. Their feeling of guilt is proof that they do understand at least that. Gee, I guess the two groups aren’t really that much different in the first place.

  • Bert

    The Republicans in 2008 allowed the media to conduct the debates and to set the rules. That was really dumb. Even now they only complain about NBC wanting to cheat again which shows that the Republicans are unable to learn from experience. A proper debate would have allotted equal time for the candidates to address the issues without the clever tricks by the moderators.

  • poest

    In the last election the Republican Party and its candidate marched like Christians into the Coliseum of the MSM to encounter a preplanned bush-wacking set in place by Democratic operatives colluding with the Networks’ moderators and other bad actors, for the sole purpose of defeating the “enemy” of Barack’s “Democratic” party by hook or by crook. Hopefully the RNC has learned that Democrats are playing hard ball.

    • WW4

      I thought most of the GOP candidates did very well making fools of themselves all on their very own during the Neverending Primary season.

      • poest

        You are 100% right! They were fools to believe the debates were going to be untainted by MSM/Democrat collusion in the pre planning of the questions as well as the deference that was to be paid the sitting president.
        But the real fools are those who voted for the golfer that is now occupying and besmirching the office of the president of The United States of America, and who have been hoisted by their own petard. It is a shame that the vote only demonstrated how successful buying votes is. Honesty has been eclipsed by the fear of funding cuts vs individualism, independence, resilience! We now have government by the government, for the government, and by the government!

        • WW4

          Come on, there was no MSM “trap” in the debates. Excuses about “the media” need to stop. Fox is by far the most popular news network, and conservative talk radio by far the most popular political radio. So there’s no media shutout, and these are not precious little babies running for office; they are public figures who have to defend their beliefs when challenged. Any decent candidate should be able to surmount any question put to him/her. A good campaign trains for the hardballs and curveballs.

          The primary season for the GOP went wayyy too long and had too cluttered a field. You get everyone trying to out-conservative each other, everyone calling out the other for not being conservative enough–only to have to swing back to center for the general election, or as Romney’s advisor put it, “shake the etch-a-sketch.” You have the absurdity of Romney decrying a health care plan he pioneered.

          • poest

            Hillary enjoyed the same fate. But perhaps the link below nails down the MSM complicity in the war they have engaged in against the conservative viewpoint. The IRS scandal is a scary “1984″ scenario showing the lengths to which all modes of government and MSM go to perpetuate and protect the pretender.

            http://freebeacon.com/all-in-the-family-3/

  • BillG4

    Given testimony by a former CNN reporter documenting CNN’s acceptance of money payment for slanting news, who considers CNN to be a credible, unbiased news network? Priebus is either out of touch or not following relevant news. Perhaps, he’s just trying to be politically correct.

    • Jody

      Priebus is just full of it

  • AbsolutelyRight

    Firewall? It is as effective as the one in the 1973 Ford Pinto

  • USA Retired

    Ms Clintom, ‘BroomStick One’, the handle to troops in Iraq gave her, should be under federal investigation instead of running on a political ticket:;

    Clinton History

    Food for Thought

    Just a quick refresher course lest we forget what has happened to many
    “friends” of the Clintons .

    1- James
    McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent
    heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken
    Starr’s investigation.

    2 – Mary
    Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a
    Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder happened just after she
    was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

    3 – Vince
    Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton
    at Little Rock ‘s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled
    a suicide.

    4 – Ron
    Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have
    died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the
    investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull
    resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being
    investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with
    prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A
    few days later the air Traffic controller committed suicide.

    5 – C.
    Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising
    organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.

    6 – Paul
    Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in
    a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as
    a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.

    7 – Ed
    Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods
    in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed
    Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton
    groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was
    involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

    8 – Jerry
    Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock ..
    Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little
    Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on
    Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information.
    After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

    9 – James
    Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had
    a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential
    people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas

    10 – James
    Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He
    was reported to have ties to Whitewater..

    11 – Kathy
    Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead
    in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was
    ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she
    were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with
    Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible
    corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

    12 – Bill
    Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancée of Kathy Ferguson.
    Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancée, he was found dead in June,
    1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his
    fiancée.

    13 – Gandy
    Baugh – Attorney for Clinton ‘s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping
    out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a
    convicted drug distributor.

    14 – Florence
    Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to
    the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas , airport drug smuggling case.
    He died of three gunshot wounds.

    15 – Suzanne
    Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas
    Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head,
    ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

    16 – Paula
    Grober – Clinton ‘s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her
    death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.

    17 – Danny
    Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and
    Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently,
    in the middle of his investigation.

    18 – Paul
    Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with
    Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a
    toilet June 22, 1993, in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a
    report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.

    19 – Jon
    Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust
    Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington , Virginia apartment
    balcony August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

    20 – Barbara
    Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown
    and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29,
    1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the
    Department of Commerce.

    21 – Charles
    Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special
    security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

    22 – Dr.
    Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care
    Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane
    crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton ‘s advisory
    council personally treated Clinton ‘s mother, stepfather and brother.

    23 – Barry
    Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas , death was no
    accident.

    24 – Johnny
    Lawhorn, Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the
    trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his
    car had hit a utility pole.

    25 – Stanley
    Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a
    purported suicide and his report was never released.

    26 – Hershell
    Friday – Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his
    plane exploded.

    27 – Kevin
    Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track”
    case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas
    airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of
    death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports
    claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many
    linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand
    Jury.

    THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE
    IVES/HENRY CASE:

    28 – Keith
    Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck,
    7/88.

    29 – Keith
    McMaskle – Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988

    30 – Gregory
    Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.

    31 – Jeff
    Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in
    April 1989.

    3 2 – James
    Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death
    was due to natural causes”.

    33 – Jordan
    Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup
    truck in June 1990.

    34 -
    Richard Winters – A suspect in the
    Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

    THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD:

    36 – Major
    William S. Barkley, Jr.

    37 – Captain Scott J . Reynolds

    38 – Sgt.
    Brian Hanley

    39 – Sgt.
    Tim Sabel

    40 – Major
    General William Robertson

    41 – Col.
    William Densberger

    42 – Col.
    Robert Kelly

    43 – Spec.
    Gary Rhodes

    44 – Steve
    Willis

    45 – Robert
    Williams

    46 – Conway
    LeBleu

    47 – Todd
    McKeehan

    Quite an impressive list! Pass this on. Let the public become
    aware of what happens to friends of the Clintons !

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT? …………SURELY
    YOU JEST !!

  • nomoretraitors

    Alec Baldwin and MSNBC deserve each other