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CNN and NBC Call Priebus' Bluff on Hillary Shows, Now What?

Reince Priebus and Hillary Clinton
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday gave CNN and NBC less than two weeks to pull major projects on the life of Hillary Clinton.

If they don't, Priebus says he “will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor."

According to reporting by NewsMax, NBC has announced plans to air a four-hour miniseries about the former first lady, senator and U.S. secretary of state entitled "Hillary," which, the network says, will track "Clinton's life as a wife, mother, politician, and cabinet member," starting in 1998.

CNN is planning a documentary from director Charles Ferguson, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his movie "Inside Job," which he described as chronicling "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry."

NewsMax also quoted Priebus as adding, "I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment."

Anti-Republican bias in the media and pro-liberal bias in programming is hardly a new issue.

The establishment TV networks and the entertainment industry in general have always made it difficult to get any programing critical of the Clintons and Obamas on the air and readily bowed to pressure from the Kennedy family to hobble an unflattering bio-pic of JFK.

However, Priebus’ threat does have a Democratic Party precedent. In 2007, caving into the demands of MoveOn.org, the Democratic candidates for President all pulled out of a debate sponsored by FOX News because of what MoveOn claimed was FOX’s Republican bias.

Conservatives are fed-up with the Republican National Committee handing-over the primary season agenda to the liberals in the establishment media every four years.

The Republican primary season debates have turned into baby seal hunts in which liberal reporters and commentators club Republican candidates for President in a ritual Democrats would never tolerate during their nomination process.

So our question is why stop with CNN and NBC?

The Media Research Center has done a great job over the years documenting the liberal bias of the other establishment networks. Republicans should choose conservative moderators and panels for their debates and stop being the Party of Stupid by allowing liberal “journalists” to set the agenda during the GOP primaries.

Maybe we are wrong, but we think Priebus is bluffing and is merely throwing a little red meat to grassroots conservatives during the lull in the political news brought on every year when Congress leaves Washington for its August recess. In the end we expect him to cave and to look weak and ineffectual when he does.

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