At the RNC's summer meeting in Boston, the RNC voted unanimously to lock CNN and NBC out of all of the debates, if they proceed with their plans on documentaries on Hillary Clinton. Republicans consider it biased to run what could be considered extended infomercials.
They singled out, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, for his contributions to both Hillary and democrats over the last few years. Greenblatt maxed out on Hillary in 2008, gave President Obama $25,000 in 2012 and this year handed over $10,000 to the DNC.
The RNC was also not happy with the personal questions asked by the moderators, such as, "Elvis or Johnny Cash?" The proclamation shows they want to have much more control over the debates. Yesterday, it was suggested that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levine should be the moderators.
Rush gave a thumbs down on the idea as he feels he is too famous and it would take away from the candidates.
Here is the proclamation:
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF MEDIA OBJECTIVITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND OF AN ORDERLY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE PROCESS
WHEREAS, former Secretary Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, and CNN and NBC have both announced programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton; and
WHEREAS, these programming decisions are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election; and
WHEREAS, airing this programming will jeopardize will the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks; and
WHEREAS, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, contributed the maximum amount to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign committee, contributed $25,000 to Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund, and this year contributed $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee; therefore be it –
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls on CNN and NBC to cancel the airing of these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment; and, be it further
RESOLVED, that if CNN and NBC continue to move forward with this and other such programming, the Republican National Committee will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor, and, be it finally
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee shall endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators and debate partners are chosen, and that other issues pertaining to the general nature of such debates are addressed.