Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus successfully convinced the Republican national Committee to bar CNN and NBC from covering any Republican debates during the 2016 primary season. The unanimous vote was similar to unanimous votes routinely taken by the Politburo in the former Soviet Union and North Korea.
The reason the Republican national Committee voted without dissent to spare two major networks the miserable task of covering upcoming Republican debates is that they each announced plans to air a documentary about Hillary Clinton.
The scripts have not been written and no one knows whether the documentaries will be complimentary or derogatory towards the Secretary of State. In fact, NBC may not even produce one. The RNC does not care. Controlling the news worked out well for Hitler and the Soviets, so it is good enough for the Grand Old Party, at least that is what Priebus thinks.
The problem with the 2012 GOP primaries was not the coverage, nor the questions from the moderators. The problem was the Republican candidates themselves. The most damage done to the Republican brand came on a debate hosted by the Republican network itself, Fox News.
A soldier deployed in Afghanistan asked a question via Skype and was booed by the audience because he is gay. None of the robots posing as candidates on stage had the courage to defend the soldier who puts himself in harms way to defend the right of fools to boo him. Independent voters were turned off in droves.
Reince Priebus and his RNC politburo still do not get it. The media does not cast the clowns nor select the clown car. That would be the GOP itself. The RNC blames everything and everybody for their electoral demise, except themselves. They had an autopsy performed that indicated why the GOP no longer connects with most demographic groups in the nation. Thus far they have ignored their autopsy and doubled down on the things they were told to quit doing.
Even if they allow no network except Fox to carry debates, Republican politicians and the candidates themselves will continue to make stupid, asinine, and ignorant statements, and cast meaningless votes the sum total of which will continue to turn off the same demographics they lost in 4 of the last 5 national elections.
Republican Hispanic problem
Only slightly more than a quarter of the Hispanic population voted for Mitt Romney and Republican candidates. No question about it, Hispanics are largely responsible for Democratic success at the polls. Despite the fact the Hispanic population is growing, Republicans still go out of their way to insult and turn off Hispanic voters.
Here are just a few examples of statements made by prominent Republicans and policies Republicans have proposed or enacted that are undercutting their damaged brand with Hispanics even while Priebus is hiring field workers to engage in Hispanic outreach.