NBC has announced plans to air a Hillary miniseries produced by one of her backers. CNN Films will run a Hillary movie by a radical leftist. Now the GOP is pushing back with a threat to boycott its debates.
Today Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, calling on their networks to cancel their attempts to influence Americans’ political decisions. Both networks are airing programs promoting former Secretary Hillary Clinton ahead of her likely candidacy for president in 2016. NBC has announced plans to air a miniseries, while CNN is producing a documentary. If the productions are not canceled prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting, Chairman Priebus will seek a binding vote of the RNC to prevent the committee from partnering with these networks in 2016 primary debates or sanctioning debates they sponsor.
The paradox here is that the liberal media needs a certain air of legitimacy that comes from both sides participating. On the one hand, Republicans need media exposure. But the media also needs Republicans to participate because it maintains the illusion that the media is some sort of legitimate mediator, a thoughtful and fact-based dispenser of information, rather than a partisan organ of the left.
The GOP may not be prepared for a complete partition, but giving NBC and CNN the boot will hit them where it hurts most, their political influence.
CNN is a news network. Without Republican participation it’s just a less interesting MSNBC. NBC is struggling in the ratings and needs to maintain some credibility as a network, rather than a slate of programs that no one really watches.
Losing the debates won’t hurt their bottom line, but it hurts their image. And if Preibus sticks to it, the fireworks may be interesting.