CNN Calls Republicans’ Hillary Clinton Threat ‘Disservice to Voters’

Hillary Clinton CNN Documentary
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RNC says it will boycott CNN, NBC during 2016 presidential debates if nets go forward with programs

CNN issued a statement on Monday in response to The Republican National Committee’s threat to boycott the cable network during the 2016 presidential debates, in addition to NBC, over their upcoming Hillary Clinton documentaries.

The network called the move, spearheaded by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, a “disservice to voters.”

“CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more. Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters.”

In his letters, Priebus suggested that the projects were a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” Priebus said in a statement, calling “their actions to promote Secretary Clinton” “disturbing and disappointing.” He called them “political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

CNN recently announced plans for a feature-length documentary about Clinton, while NBC announced a miniseries about the former Secretary of State that will star Diane Lane.

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  1. jsm1963 says:

    If I was the head of the RNC I wouldn’t want anyone to see the presidential debates. Does anyone think the candidates came off looking good last time?

  2. Wendell Coleman says:

    If I was head of programming at CNN or NBC, I would go ahead with my plans and in the event the Republicans go through with their plans to not “partner”(?) with either network in showing a couple of Republican “primary” debates (as opposed to the big general election debates), I would offer up a little counter-programming during those nights by re-running the offending Hillary shows! LOL!

  3. Don Burrus says:

    Boycotts do not work. Ask the president of Chik-Fil-A

  4. Lin Mack says:

    Censorship is never a proper response. The elections are three years away and Clinton has not announced that she will run. Either there are 1st Amendment freedoms in this country or there are not. I regret that the RNC has come to the decision that they will not fully support the exercise of the 1st Amendment with the same zeal they put towards the 2nd Amendment.

  5. beequte says:

    Bravo NBC and CNN … looking forward to these docs… sure won’t miss the debates with the liars…

  6. Bill says:

    “Non-fiction” if deifying Hillary is considered “non-fiction.”

    What do you think the reaction would be of the press if Fox News commissioned a documentary about the Republican front runner?

  7. boxers3 says:

    The GOP has decided early, early in the 2016 election’s to begin acting like the child on the playground that if he doesn’t get his way he is going to first throw a temper tantrum and then pick up the ball and stomp his feet as he cries all the way home. I wonder if the GOP knows how childish they appear to all of the voters.

  8. Sound like a GOP attempt to control the media.

  9. colmandk says:

    I’m waiting…

  10. colmandk says:

    I mean it. Give me — I dunno — three positive proposals that will enhance the health and well-being of this country.

    I’m all ears.

  11. colmandk says:

    Quick question to all of you Republicans out there. What proactive policies are you defending?

  12. colmandk says:

    Reince (spellcheck corrected it as “reindeer”) Priebus (strangely, no correction) is the prime apologist for the Republican doucheoisie. Terrified that they have no qualified (or even unlaughable — Rand Paul? Ted Cruz? Chris Christie? Marco Rubio? Seriously?) candidates, they ave no choice but to try to silence viable candidates who might actually get things done. Pretty sad and shameful.

  13. jasmine says:

    ” Priebus said in a statement, calling “their actions to promote Secretary Clinton” “disturbing and disappointing.” He called them “political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

    The above quote is realistic and the making and airing of said documentary during 2016 presidential debates is shameful indeed of CNN and NBC.

  14. Thomas Stratford says:

    But the leftist propaganda by CNN, and NBC is not a “disservice to voters”? Hilarious!

  15. Rachael says:

    The media has been completely one sided with Obama and the democrats and totally unfair to the republicans. what i want to know is why the RNC has waited so long to do this. NBC, CNN, MSNBC are totally doing everything to help the democrats even lie for them and change stories…

  16. Roland Deschain says:

    MSNBC is an outlet for the Obama administration just like Fox News was for the Bush administration. CNN is used as an outlet for the Pentagon no matter what party “holds” power. The RNC is just mad that they don’t have a “tapped candidate” ala Hillary Clinton like the democrats do otherwise they would make their own “candidate” specials for Fox News. In the end none of matters anyways.

  17. Ron says:

    “political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”….I just about choked when I read that quote. What cowardly hypocrites the RNC are. I guess that they are annoyed that their personal propaganda subsidiary, aka FOX, hasn’t offered any of their front-runners something similar; oh wait, there aren’t any!

    Seriously, if this turns into a fluff piece then I would be among the first to roundly condemn CNN. But I also don’t see the point in bashing something that doesn’t actually exist yet! Just how paranoid and frightened is the RNC??

  18. mEL says:

    CNN and NBC “YOU” are doing a disservice to the voting public!

  19. LMW says:

    I fully support the GOP in this. I seriously doubt that the documentary will include her “what difference does it make” comment while being interviewed by Congress on just how four Americans were murdered in Benghazi last September 11th or why there were 35 CIA agents on the ground that day in Benghazi and what that had to do with the “stand down” order to the brave men and women who were on a Tarmac ready to fly in and defend their own.

    And WHY would any GOP candidate wish to participate in a CNN debate after Candy Crawley intervened to protect Obama and later admitted that SHE and Obama were both wrong and Romney was correct….the admission of course was far too late to undo the damage the supposedly impartial moderator had done.

    • Barbara Alexander says:

      Don’t worry, the Koch’s are buying up media outlets too. Soon we will be equally injustised.

      Quit you’re whining. Grow up.

    • jsm1963 says:

      I’ll take that bet. Although I won’t hold out hope that they’ll put Clinton’s statement in it’s proper context.

  20. I think it’s the last round of Republican debates that sunk them in 2012. If they’re smart they won’t have them at all, let alone on CNN.

  21. Marc Winger says:

    Why should ANY conservative support the liberal biased networks by participating in a primary debate on their networks? It’s ridiculous & high time that the libs were ignored for what they are. “Elections have consequences”, remember.

  22. Rob says:

    Dearest Variety readers, CNN has a very low number of veiwers; election times are the only time their ratings go up. If they truely the RNC is doing a disservice to the voters, they might consider the disservice they do the voter by inaccurate, liberal biased reporting.

    • jsm1963 says:

      Just because CNN doesn’t have horribly biased right-wing smear-mongering disguised as ‘news” doesn’t make them liberal. There’s this huge spectrum between the two.

      • Ron says:

        I think it is another example of “if you aren’t far right, then you must be far left” because they just can’t acknowledge that a spectrum even exists.

  23. Uncle Rufus says:

    CNN douchebags…we know damn well what to expect from this “non fiction” POS.

    • jsm1963 says:

      Seems to me they aren’t after anything more than good old fashion ratings. The FCC under republican administrations are arguably friendlier to interests of media conglomerations. Maybe Rance should have thought about this during Clinton v. Citizens United.

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