Monday, August 05, 2013
Reince Priebus, The RNC And The Rage Of Sheep
Breitbart has the story about some letters Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee sent to NBC and CNN about their recently announced decisions to produce bio-pic films celebrating the life of Hillary Clinton:
The RNC sees the odd programing move as an in-kind contribution to Clinton's presumed campaign for President in 2016. As a result, the party will formally bar Republicans from partnering with the networks on any primary or Presidential debates in 2016.
Priebus wrote to CNN:
I find CNN’s actions disturbing and disappointing. Your credibility as a supposedly unbiased news network will most certainly be jeopardized by the decision to show political favoritism and produce an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton’s nascent campaign.
And to NBC:
I find this disturbing and disappointing. NBC cannot purport to be a neutral party in American politics, and the credibility of NBC News, already damaged by the partisanship of MSNBC, will be further undermined by the actions of NBC Universal executives who have taken it upon themselves to produce an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton’s nascent campaign.
The implication here is that if CNN and NBC decide to can the planned full-length Hillary infomercials, the Republican candidates will show up like the docile sheep they always are and participate in forums where the 'moderator' is not only rooting for the other team but has an active record of assisting them when it counts.
Why bother? Why participate in an exercise where the goal is to picture whomever the GOP picks as its nominee in a bad light on national TV and provide ammunition to get whomever the Democrats pick elected? This garbage not only goes on in presidential debates but in debates between prospective GOP candidates. Remember this one?
The only actual debate that was truly moderated in a proper way during the last election was the first presidential debate by Bob Scheifer of CBS, an obvious Obama fan and Democrat sympathizer who was still just professional enough to keep his personal views out of it and let the two candidates go at it. And he caught hell from the Left for doing it.
Here's what a really gutsy and effective stance would look like.Imagine what would happen if Priebus were to say that because of obvious bias exhibited in the last election cycle, Republican candidates would no longer participate in any debates 'moderated' by talking heads from ABC, CNN or NBC?
Instead of that, imagine the effect of insisting on Lincoln-Douglas style presidential debates. Two candidates go at it head to head with no moderator, just a timekeeper.
Now that would be a debate worth seeing..no biased moderators, no sifted 'questions' supposedly from the audience, just a battle of ideas.
Oh, I can hear the ceremonial whine of the RINOs even now...'but they won't like us! They'll hate us!'
Guess what...they already feel that way.