Could it be R-N-C?
More about that in a moment.
Extortion, by the way, is a noun defined as the practice of obtaining something (the cancellation of a film or mini-series on the life of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?) through force or threats.
The Republican National Committee, also known as the RNC, is headed by Reince Priebus, the poor fellow who presided over umpteen generally dreary and sometimes embarrassing GOP presidential debates preceding Mitt Romney’s disastrous defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Reince is mad at CNN and NBC because they’ve dared to plan to air films (a CNN feature-length film and an NBC 4-hour mini-series) prior to the 2016 presidential election cycle about one of America’s most interesting women; former Secretary of State, presidential candidate, and First Lady, Hillary Clinton.
True to his reported inability to behave like a reasoned adult, Reince threw a hissy-fit in front of the media in Boston this morning, telling reporters, “We don’t have time for the media’s games. We’re done putting up with this nonsense! There are plenty of other news outlets!”
With clenched fists and a protruding bottom lip, little Reince Priebus reportedly then stomped into the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on Summer Street to await the RNC’s vote on whether to kill its agreement with CNN and NBC to air GOP 2016 presidential primary debates.
The RNC, not daring to defy Reince, of course voted unanimously to punish CNN and NBC for daring to stand up to Chairman Priebus.
Earlier this month, despite the fact that the CNN film and the NBC mini-series have yet to be produced, Priebus sent letters to CNN head Jeff Zucker and NBC chair Robert Greenblatt, accusing both men of planning to air “programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton.” Reince then added that the films were “a thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”
Inquiring adults wonder how and why Reince could, without even knowing the content of either project, divine that they would be extended pro-Clinton commercials or that CNN and NBC were somehow going to use those films to give Hillary Clinton, a still-undeclared candidate for 2016, an advantage over the GOP nominee.
CNN took the high road, saying, “We encouraged all interested parties to wait until the program premieres before judgments are made. Unfortunately, the Republican National Committee was not willing to do that.”
NBC News tried to help Priebus understand that, since that the Clinton project would be produced independently by NBC Entertainment, there is no reason to believe that the news division could influence the tone and tenor to benefit Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy (if she does declare her candidacy) in 2016.
Evidently, little Reince was too busy tantruming to ‘get’ what CNN and NBC were saying.
So . . . what do you think?
Is Reince Priebus guilty of attempted extortion by threatening to withhold the revenues CNN and NBC would have received from covering GOP 2016 presidential primary debates unless he gets his way with the Hillary Clinton film and mini-series?
Or, is he just acting out like any brat will when he doesn’t get what he wants?
Perhaps the answer lies in Reince’s reaction to a Washington Examiner report this week that indicated that the RNC is seriously thinking about hiring right wing nuts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh to moderate GOP 2016 presidential debates.
Reince Priebus said, “I actually think that’s a very good idea!”
Maybe there’s a third explanation.
If you’d like to find out for yourself, you can call Reince Priebus at 202-863-8500 or write him at the Republican National Committee – 310 First Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Let us know what he says, willya?
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