AirTalk for August 5, 2013

GOP threatens to ban CNN and NBC from Republican primary debates if networks go ahead on Clinton specials

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC on April 12, 2012.

 The Republican Party is threatening to boycott CNN and NBC if the stations don’t drop special programs on potential Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. The boycott will include pulling the 2016 Republican primary debates from both stations. NBC has plans to air a miniseries with Diane Lane portraying Hillary Clinton, and CNN is producing a feature length documentary directed by Charles. H. Ferguson. Republican Party officials believe this move would be directly helping Hillary Clinton’s campaign objectives and promote her as a candidate. As mentioned in “Time Magazine,” Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a  letter to NBC and CNN that the programming essentially amounts to “political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

Should the GOP pull the debates from CNN and NBC? Should the stations also do specials on potential republican candidates? Are these special programs promoting Hillary Clinton’s potential campaign?


Sean Spicer, Director of Communications, Republican National Committee

Aaron Blake, National politics reporter, The Washington Post


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