RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has sent letters to CNN and NBC calling for both networks to cease in what he calls “promotion” of Hillary Clinton in the form of biographical documentaries on the former Secretary of State. If the networks do not comply, Priebus has threatened to bar the networks from airing any GOP primary debates in the 2016 election cycle.

Report from the Washington Post:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday called on CNN and NBC to rethink their decisions to film documentaries about Hillary Clinton, calling each a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Priebus also threatened, if they push forward with their plans, to avoid partnerships with the networks for any 2016 presidential debates.

Both networks announced their plans in recent weeks. CNN’s documentary is set to run on TV and in theaters, while NBC’s is a miniseries starring Diane Lane.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” Priebus said in a statement. “Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing.”

The letters were sent to Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
The chairmen of the Republican parties in Iowa and South Carolina — two early states that generally hold multiple debates — said they support Priebus’s move, suggesting it would have support within the RNC ranks.

Priebus has been vocal in calling for far fewer debates than the 2012 cycle and more control by the RNC in sanctioning debates and choosing moderators.

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  1. Spoil sport! GOP likes rigged voting districts and prove it through gerrymandering but any thing else is out of line and they call foul!

    • 2016 is far off — NSA (Nazis Spying on Americans) is happening NOW!!!

      Time to IMPEACH Lil’ Hussein !!!
      ——————————————————————————-
      And now, the important News:

      Ron Paul: *Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?*

      “In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought. Civil liberties groups were concerned, and some of us in Congress warned about giving up our liberties even in the post-9/11 panic. But at the time most Americans did not seem too worried about the intrusion.

      This complacency has suddenly shifted given recent revelations of the extent of government spying on Americans. Politicians and bureaucrats are faced with serious backlash from Americans outraged that their most personal communications are intercepted and stored. They had been told that only the terrorists would be monitored. In response to this anger, defenders of the program have time and again resorted to spreading lies and distortions. But these untruths are now being exposed very quickly.

      In a Senate hearing this March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Senator Ron Wyden that the NSA did not collect phone records of millions of Americans. This was just three months before the revelations of an NSA leaker made it clear that Clapper was not telling the truth. Pressed on his false testimony before Congress, Clapper apologized for giving an “erroneous” answer but claimed it was just because he “simply didn’t think of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.” Wow.

      As the story broke in June of the extent of warrantless NSA spying against Americans, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers assured us that the project was a strictly limited and not invasive. He described it as a “lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we’ve used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in…”

      But we soon discovered that also was not true either. We learned in another Guardian newspaper article last week that the top secret “X-Keyscore” program allows even low-level analysts to “search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.”

      The keys to Rogers’ “lockbox” seem to have been handed out to everyone but the janitors! As Chairman of the Committee that is supposed to be most in the loop on these matters, it seems either the Intelligence Community misled him about their programs or he misled the rest of us. It sure would be nice to know which one it is.

      Likewise, Rep. Rogers and many other defenders of the NSA spying program promised us that this dragnet scooping up the personal electronic communications of millions of Americans had already stopped “dozens” of terrorist plots against the United States. In June, NSA director General Keith Alexander claimed that the just-disclosed bulk collection of Americans’ phone and other electronic records had “foiled 50 terror plots.”

      Opponents of the program were to be charged with being unconcerned with our security.

      But none of it was true.

      The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard dramatic testimony from NSA deputy director John C. Inglis. According to the Guardian:

      “The NSA has previously claimed that 54 terrorist plots had been disrupted ‘over the lifetime’ of the bulk phone records collection and the separate program collecting the internet habits and communications of people believed to be non-Americans. On Wednesday, Inglis said that at most one plot might have been disrupted by the bulk phone records collection alone.”

      From dozens to “at most one”?

      Supporters of these programs are now on the defensive, with several competing pieces of legislation in the House and Senate seeking to rein in an administration and intelligence apparatus that is clearly out of control. This is to be commended. What is even more important, though, is for more and more and more Americans to educate themselves about our precious liberties and to demand that their government abide by the Constitution. We do not have to accept being lied to – or spied on — by our government.”

  2. What happened to equal access to voting??? How can voters decide who they want to vote on if they don’t know what the candidates stand for?

  3. Is there anything this shameless GOP will not stoop to in order to force their hopelessly out-of-touch and loser candidates before the American voter? Mr. Priebus, please fold up your party’s tent and go away. How many wasted years and dollars is it going to take?

    • Not necessarily. A true fair election is best!I know that for a fact as I live in the gerrymandered rigged district of Michelle Bachmann

  4. I agree totally…go for it and while you are at it also ban the biased people asking the question used last time…we need unbiased and fair participants….

  5. Priebus is looking for any possible excuse NOT to have debates, and if there are debates, to keep them from being seen. . . .

  6. IMPEACH Lil’ Hussein NOW!!!
    —————————————-

    And now for the important news:

    Ron Paul: Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?

    “In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought. Civil liberties groups were concerned, and some of us in Congress warned about giving up our liberties even in the post-9/11 panic. But at the time most Americans did not seem too worried about the intrusion.

    This complacency has suddenly shifted given recent revelations of the extent of government spying on Americans. Politicians and bureaucrats are faced with serious backlash from Americans outraged that their most personal communications are intercepted and stored. They had been told that only the terrorists would be monitored. In response to this anger, defenders of the program have time and again resorted to spreading lies and distortions. But these untruths are now being exposed very quickly.

    In a Senate hearing this March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Senator Ron Wyden that the NSA did not collect phone records of millions of Americans. This was just three months before the revelations of an NSA leaker made it clear that Clapper was not telling the truth. Pressed on his false testimony before Congress, Clapper apologized for giving an “erroneous” answer but claimed it was just because he “simply didn’t think of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.” Wow.

    As the story broke in June of the extent of warrantless NSA spying against Americans, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers assured us that the project was a strictly limited and not invasive. He described it as a “lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we’ve used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in…”

    But we soon discovered that also was not true either. We learned in another Guardian newspaper article last week that the top secret “X-Keyscore” program allows even low-level analysts to “search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.”

    The keys to Rogers’ “lockbox” seem to have been handed out to everyone but the janitors! As Chairman of the Committee that is supposed to be most in the loop on these matters, it seems either the Intelligence Community misled him about their programs or he misled the rest of us. It sure would be nice to know which one it is.

    Likewise, Rep. Rogers and many other defenders of the NSA spying program promised us that this dragnet scooping up the personal electronic communications of millions of Americans had already stopped “dozens” of terrorist plots against the United States. In June, NSA director General Keith Alexander claimed that the just-disclosed bulk collection of Americans’ phone and other electronic records had “foiled 50 terror plots.”

    Opponents of the program were to be charged with being unconcerned with our security.

    But none of it was true.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard dramatic testimony from NSA deputy director John C. Inglis. According to the Guardian:

    “The NSA has previously claimed that 54 terrorist plots had been disrupted ‘over the lifetime’ of the bulk phone records collection and the separate program collecting the internet habits and communications of people believed to be non-Americans. On Wednesday, Inglis said that at most one plot might have been disrupted by the bulk phone records collection alone.”

    From dozens to “at most one”?

    Supporters of these programs are now on the defensive, with several competing pieces of legislation in the House and Senate seeking to rein in an administration and intelligence apparatus that is clearly out of control. This is to be commended. What is even more important, though, is for more and more and more Americans to educate themselves about our precious liberties and to demand that their government abide by the Constitution. We do not have to accept being lied to – or spied on — by our government.”

    • Your long copy and paste tirades do nothing but irritate! Make sense and give your own opinion! The subject of GOP and debates is what the comments should be about.
      You could possibly make a comment concerning how GOP wants to destroy FREEDOM of the PRESS by this threat.

      • Bama: Surfisher reminds me of Monte Python:
        Scene: A cafe.
        Man: Well, what’ve you got?
        Waitress: Well, there’s egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;
        Vikings: Spam spam spam spam…
        Waitress: …spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam…
        Vikings: Spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam!
        Waitress: …or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.
        Wife: Have you got anything without spam?
        Waitress: Well, there’s spam egg sausage and spam, that’s not got much spam in it.
        Wife: I don’t want ANY spam. . .

        • You, of course hit the nail on the head again! Surfisher, is obliviously of the tea party persuasion. They seem to want to call for an impeachment but truly never seem to off any grounds but their ( or someone else’s opinions).

          • Bama: I used to be an English teacher, but I try not to pick on people. However, sometimes a typo brings a new meaning. In this case, I think you meant to type “obviously,” but I like “obliviously” even better!

  7. Surfisher – the 4 hrs are from 1998 to just before the 2012 election and will not discuss Benghazi – what do you think the title will be?

    Bama – how did you feel about the debates after just the first one in 2012 – when neither candidates were given the questions prior to?

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