Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has threatened to pull NBC and CNN’s access to the 2016 Republican primary debates unless those companies pull their current Hillary Clinton-related film projects.
In open letters to the leadership of NBC Universal and CNN International, Priebus expressed his “deep disappointment” over those networks’ decisions to produce films “promoting former Secretary Hillary Clinton ahead of her likely candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.”
Should the networks fail to pull those films by the RNC’s Summer meeting on August 14, Priebus writes, he will “seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor.”
“As an American company you have every right to air programming of your choice. But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded by your actions,’ Priebus wrote in his letters to NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt and CNN president Jeff Zucker, which appear to be a major network’s thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 election.”