The Republicans have hit back at CNN and NBC for plans to air programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Washington Post reported on Aug. 16, 2013, RNC votes to exclude CNN, NBC from 2016 presidential primary debates. The Republican National Committee has formally decided not to partner with CNN and NBC News for any presidential primary debates during the 2016 election cycle, as a rebuke of the networks’ plans to air programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told his colleagues before they voted on this issue, “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets, we’ll still reach plenty of voters . . .but CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors’ networks.” Priebus has called on the two networks to reconsider their decisions to produce and air programs about Clinton, calling each production a “thinly veiled attempt” to help her campaign if she decides to run for president in 2016.
The New York Daily News has also reported the Republicans are retaliating against NBC and CNN for the networks planned projects which profile Hillary Clinton. RNC chair Priebus had launched a movement in early August to protest the networks' planned television series on Clinton. The New York Daily News writes in 2012 the GOP debates during the presidential primary were widely ridiculed as circus-like entertainment. Clearly the Republicans will have to move aggressively to get their act together if they want to effectively challenge the Democrats in 2016.