So Much For Media Unity…

Variety’s Alex Stedman writes about CNN swooping in and taking NBC’s lost GOP debate slot. Shame…

CNN is replacing NBC News as the host of the Republican National Committee’s Super Tuesday debate in February, it was announced on Monday.

“The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation in our February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, February 25th in Houston at a location to be decided,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement released by CNN.

CNN was opportunistic when it shouldn’t have been. CNN should have refused the debate because it sets a bad precedent where political parties can shop their debates just to punish networks regardless of the validity of the “crime”.

NBC did nothing wrong here. CNBC did. NBC News does not have oversight of CNBC. Even the original GOP statement on dumping NBC acknowledged this point.

All the networks should have stood firm in supporting NBC given the circumstances (NBC being punished for something it had no part of). Now, because CNN chose to put money ahead of the GOP’s childish tactics, a precedent has been established. The political parties now know they can divide and conquer the networks because the GOP just successfully did that very thing. Shame.

10 Responses to “So Much For Media Unity…”

  1. “CNN swooping in and taking NBC’s lost GOP debate slot. Shame…”

    ^^This is CNN were talking about here Spud. “Shame” doesn’t really come into play with those folks anymore.

    I wonder how long before Donald Trump takes credit for the change? My guess tomorrow morning.

  2. […] Shame on CNN for picking up the GOP debate that NBC […]

  3. Lol, Do you understand how much money CNN is making from these debates?

  4. The media no longer has any shame.Plus,they have no new ideas so they steal each others.And finally,they operate on an entertainment channel business model and this is,ultimately,high entertainment with an ability to leverage the event for days using it to draw eyeballs to advertising.

  5. savefarris Says:

    Live by the corporate synergy, Die by the corporate synergy.

    If NBC doesn’t like it, they should talk to Harwood & Co.

  6. “Live by the corporate synergy, Die by the corporate synergy.”

    ^^According to Wikipedia “corporate synergy” is “the financial benefit that a corporation expects to realize when it merges with or acquires another corporation”. I’m not sure how that helps your argument farris, but it’s nice to see your still around.

  7. ^^’your still around.’ should read ‘you’re still around’


  8. […] is a fair one. Inside Cable News took it a step further, coming down on CNN for agreeing to pick up the debate that NBC […]

  9. savefarris Says:

    Now that I think about it, the entire premise of the post is unsound. Why should there be “media unity”? These guys are COMPETITORS. Showing unity would just prove all the Journo-List conspiracy mongers correct.

    BTW, the nets didn’t show a hell of a lot of unity when it was discovered that Obama bugged the AP offices and named James Rosen a co-conspirator. Oh, they harrumphed for about 30 seconds then went straight back to their positions as Palace Guard.

  10. […] bet. This is, after all, the same network that couldn’t say no to the RNC after it emerged that other networks were trying to get the NBC […]

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