RNC Bans NBC and CNN From 2016 Primary Debates


This morning, delegates from across the country met in Boston for a meeting of the Republican National Committee. Among the topics brought up, was the banning of CNN and NBC because of their upcoming Hillary Clinton projects. As TKNN previously reported, RNC Chair Reince Priebus wrote to the heads of NBC and CNN and said that if they did not cancel their projects, he would move to ban them from hosting 2016 Republican primary debates. Technically, the RNC cannot ban the networks from hosting debates, but they can discourage candidates from appearing at them and not partner with the networks. However after the letters were released, both networks seemed to call the RNC’s bluff. But the networks were proved wrong today when the delegates moved to approve the resolution banning NBC and CNN. The vote was unanimous.

Below is a statement from CNN regarding the RNC’s vote.

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. The CNN broadcast date has not been determined. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. The project is in the very early stages of development, months from completion with most of the reporting and the interviewing still to be done. Therefore speculation about the final program is just that. We encouraged all interested parties to wait until the program premieres before judgments are made about it. Unfortunately, the RNC was not willing to do that.

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Tyler is the chief media reporter for TKNN, with the news organization since its founding in November of 2010. He has previously served as chief political reporter and chief political anchor for TKNN.

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