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GOP Votes to Punish NBC, CNN Over Hillary Clinton Programming

Won't partner with the nets for 2016 debates

The Republican National Committee unanimously voted this morning not to partner with CNN and NBC News for any presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle, a rebuke of the networks’ plans to air programs about Hillary Clinton, reported The Washington Post in its political blog

We don't have time for the media's games," RNC chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the RNC summer meeting in Boston, according to The Hill. "We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets."

CNN announced last month it was planning a feature-length film on the life of the former secretary of state and possible Democratic presidential contender. NBC will air a four-hour miniseries starring Diane Lane as Clinton.

According to the resolution, obtained by The Hill, the RNC called the planned films "political favoritism" and accused NBC and CNN of airing "programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials" promoting Clinton. 

NBC News has defended its project, saying it’s completely independent from the Clinton project, which is being produced by NBC Entertainment. CNN accused the RNC "of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion," The Hill reported. 

Both networks have said they intend to move ahead with the productions, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

 

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