The RNC Versus CNN and NBC

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2011 and 2012, television viewers were given the opportunity to watch over a dozen GOP presidential hopefuls in over 20 debates.

But in the 2016 election season, TV viewers may be seeing a lot less of the candidates and the debates. That’s because the Republican National Committee voted unanimously last Friday to pull their partnership with CNN and NBC due to networks' planned films focusing on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Our party has to quit availing itself to biased moderators and companies that put on television in this case documentaries and miniseries that we all know is gearing up to run for president and that's Hillary Clinton," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN's Candy Crowley last week. 

Kathleen Hall Jamieson explains the decision and how it could effect the upcoming presidential election. Jamieson is the Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]


Hockenberry states Candy Crowley was the only "effective" moderator. That is because she came to the defense of Obama, telling Romney he was wrong regarding Benghazi talking points. I can see why a democrat like Hockenberry found this effective - to bad Crowley was WRONG. Then an interview with a representative from the far left Annenerg Public Policy Institute on bias.

Was this entire report meant to be ironic?

Aug. 20 2013 03:24 PM

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