Ok, it’s been all the talk of the interwebs today so let’s talk about it…
Today Reince Priebus once again demonstrated that given the choice of expanding its reach or shooting itself in the foot, the GOP would apparently gleefully choose the latter.
How else can you explain Priebus’ curious broadside against NBC and CNN for…gasp…deciding to feature non-declared speculated prospective 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton in a pair of films, CNN’s is a documentary and NBC’s a drama, that will air years before the primaries and to threaten both networks with blacklisting them from the GOP primary debates if they don’t reverse course?
Let me break that down for you again in case you didn’t pick up on the nuannce of all that.
Priebus wants CNN and NBC to not air a pair of films that are slated to air well outside of the 2016 campaign window, and thus have plenty of time to recede from the public’s consciousness, because somehow that might influence short attention span voters who don’t start paying attention to the campaigns until they actually kick off. And if they don’t play ball Priebus will stomp his feet and recommend that both networks be excluded from any GOP primary broadcasts.
Amazingly, both networks managed to supress their natural inclination to laugh their asses off, and played the situation straight with their statements about the matter…
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.
NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project.
Here is what they should have said…
We received you letter. Setting aside for the moment the questions of how a film about Hillary airing years before the primaries commence would possibly influence voters who are already tired of the too long election season we have to contend with every four years, ignoring the fact that Hillary hasn’t even declared herself as a candidate, and forgetting the fact that prior to 2008 Hillary was considered the front runner and spectacularly tanked it to Barack Obama, we have one thing we would like to say to you…
Go ahead and try it. We dare you. In fact, we triple dog dare you.
Give a debate to ABC, a debate to CBS, a debate to PBS, a debate to Bloomberg and the other twenty two to Fox when you run out of alternatives (we’ll leave out Al Jazeera America since we know you’ll never “go there”).
We’re sure you’ll love having to continually address the question of why the RNC is so scared of Hillary instead of addressing the issues in the campaign. We’re sure the candidates themselves will love being continuously taken off message by having to answer whether they agree or disagree with the awkward position you have now put them in.
Have you been taking lessons from the Obama administration in its idiotic war on Fox? It sure looks like it to us.
So go ahead and try it sucker. Cut your nose off to spite your face. We’ll still be here for the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates which is what really counts anyways.
CNN and NBC
p.s. Have you started circulating your resume yet? It’s never too early you know…