Now The R.N.C.’s National Chairman Reinse Priebus is telling the networks it’s our way or the highway.
Of course the networks will cave, they need the ad revenue……”Follow the Money.”
“I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016,” Mr. Priebus wrote.
“The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.
“We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach,” he said.
“However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”
Ali Zelenko, spokesperson for NBC News, called it “a disappointing development.”
“However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party,” Ms. Zelenko said in a statement.
Entire article below.
But the moderators in prime-time debate Wednesday lost control of the event, coming under fire from the candidates, who panned their questions as inaccurate and shallow.
CNBC has since faced a barrage of criticism.
“While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates,” Mr. Priebus said in the letter.
“What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates’ policies and ideas,” he said.