From The Hollywood Reporter
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has fired off a letter to NBC and another to CNN informing the two networks that they risk being blackballed as debate partners if they don’t abandon plans to air programs about Hillary Clinton ahead of her presumed run for president in 2016.
. . . In one letter to CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and another to NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, both obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Priebus writes: "If you have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor."
In both letters, Priebus attempts to paint the Clinton projects as little more than length, free campaign ads. In the letter to Greenblatt, he notes that David Cohen, who is an executive VP at Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, has been a major donor to Clinton and other Democrats.
Tell the media: Dump the Hillary docs or no debates! http://t.co/T80t8AIDtf— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 5, 2013
It’s appalling to know executives at major networks have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 5, 2013
The actions of CNN & NBC to produce Hillary Clinton programming is disturbing and disappointing and shows political favoritism.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 5, 2013
Production of Hillary programming must be stopped or the RNC will not partner with CNN or NBC for any 2016 primary debates.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 5, 2013
Ok. If they don't agree, then we will dump and block them from our primary debates. Pretty simple.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 5, 2013
CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more. Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters.
~ CNN Response to RNC Threat, emailed to Hollywood Reporter
Today, "toddler" #Reince Priebus had a melt-down. Typical.— YourGood Person (@YourGoodPerson) August 5, 2013
TV viewers rejoice! RT @Reince Ok. If they don't agree, then we will dump and block them from our primary debates. Pretty simple.— John Robinson (@johnrobinson) August 5, 2013
Extortion is a crime you pig: Reince Priebus Is Freaking Out Over Pop Culture's Clinton Obsession | ThinkProgress http://t.co/WmPce665Js— Paul Smith (@Paulx54) August 5, 2013
Reince Priebus vows that the GOP will boycott the History Channel if they attempt to document 2001-2008.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 5, 2013
GOP Chair Reince Priebus is fuming over CNN-NBC Hillary documentaries and miniseries. Prefers her in FOX news fables about Benghazi.— Dave (@YouGiveMeFever7) August 5, 2013
GOP debates should be conducted in a cave. @Reince— BWD (@theonlyadult) August 5, 2013
So weird that Reince Priebus is scared of 2-hr Hillary movies when #Benghazi kept her name in the news for endless MONTHS!— Jeanne K. (@SnarkAmendment) August 5, 2013
Jerkoff Reince Priebus again proves himself a fool: "NBC, CNN are Hillary Clinton's 'Campaign Operatives" http://t.co/dJQ2Zc53xT— DAVID ® ™ (@intenseCA) August 5, 2013
LOL: Reince Priebus has "deep disappointment" that NBC is doing a miniseries on Hillary Clinton. http://t.co/Rue1nxvBH9— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) August 5, 2013
So Reince has his panties in a bunch over TV shows that don't even have scripts yet. Ooo, be vewy vewy afwaid.... #asshat— Edrie Irvine (@edgery) August 6, 2013