Reince suspends NBC February debate

So Priebus fires off a letter. Why didn’t he cancel it? That would be appropriate.

Mr. Andrew Lack
Chairman, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112
Dear Mr. Lack,
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. 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.
The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.
CNBC billed the debate as one that would focus on “the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.” That was not the case. Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case. Candidates were promised that speaking time would be carefully monitored to ensure fairness. That was not the case. Questions were inaccurate or downright offensive. The first question directed to one of our candidates asked if he was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, hardly in the spirit of how the debate was billed.
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. What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates’ policies and ideas.
I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and freedom of the press. However, I also expect the media to host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans. CNBC did not.
While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it.
I will be working with our candidates to discuss how to move forward and will be in touch.
Reince Priebus
Chairman, Republican National Committee

But then the RNC has proved to not be great negotiators, so what good is suspending it? And NBC will do as it pleases anyway, so what is this about? How about also suspending the deal-maker in chief at the RNC (unpaid leave) since he made it? I also read CNBC promoting the debate online to be on Economy, Taxation, with some Climate Change. I never saw that mentioned elsewhere.

“In two parts, the debate focused on the economy, taxes, the national budget and climate change”.- CNBC

12 comments on “Reince suspends NBC February debate

  1. Hardnox says:

    Wash & Rinse is a pussy. He negotiated with the left and is now acting surprised that they shit all over our candidates. WTF? We all knew that was coming and easily as it gets light in the morning and dark in the evening.

    Had Rinse actually been on the side of the candidates then he would have made sure that the debates were hosted by different networks and hosted by conservatives. My gut tells me the RNC is getting kickback from the networks otherwise why would anyone negotiate such a stupid deal in the first place?

    This letter is bullshit. He got caught and is now feining indignation.

    Lastly, why did he negotiate the deals with “cable only” if this was about getting the candidates exposed to the public? The answers is clearly about kickback from advertising dollars. I’m waiting for Trump or Cruz to bring that up.

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    • Bullright says:

      I agree, Nox, he’s a little behind in negotiating fairness. It was obvious since the first debate. It probably doesn’t mean much. Good point. I wonder about that, how his RNC is benefiting from this arrangement?


  2. Bull,

    Regarding your question, “And NBC will do as it pleases anyway, so what is this about?”……

    I highly doubt the February debate will occur on NBC now. The candidates themselves are likely to refuse, even if Priebus acquiesces, so it doesn’t matter what pleases NBC.

    On the bright side, one good thing did come out of this debate on CNBC:

    – Jeff

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  4. peppermintfarm says:

    Since the Dem/Commies are not having any debates on any right wing media, why the hell does Reince allow this to happen, He should also only have right wing types of media do the debates so our candidates get a fair shot at really being able to talk about the issues and not being asked if they are a comic book candidate for one. Or can you do math, etc. Fantasy football? WTH?

    Since the candidates are all having a private discussion on this issue the RNC may just be left out of these ridiculous debates with the left wing mud slingers.

    I would like to see them have their debates on CSPAN with a good moderator who is not going to make them look stupid or try to anyway.

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    • Bullright says:

      Pepp, that’s something I hadn’t thought about. It is making the RNC seem pretty irrelevant in the process. We see DWS keeps a tight control on the commie’s process over there.

      I won’t see the next one because I don’t have FBN and don’t want to demand it. So I’ll have to read about it in the funnies. Having it on CSPAN or streaming it is a good option .But these networks want the money and ratings from it. Politics trumps those tho.

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      • peppermintfarm says:

        I don’t get FBN either so I too will have to watch clips of it later. I have the feeling that the regular Fox News will keep us abreast of things as they go along that night



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