Will the RNC’s ultimatum to NBC and CNN on Hillary documentaries backfire?

I totally understand why they’re doing this, but I don’t see them being able to stand behind it long-term. They’ll want/need the debate publicity come 2016 – plus, the MSM, unfortunately, will own them on this by trying to insinuate GOP candidates are too “chicken” to face non-Fox journos:

The head of the Republican Party threatened Monday to cut out CNN and NBC from the GOP presidential primary debates if the networks do not shelve their plans to air lengthy features on Hillary Clinton — who is widely expected to be a Democratic candidate in the 2016 election.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused both networks of trying to put “a thumb on the scales” of the 2016 race with programming he claimed would be tantamount to an “in-kind donation” to the Clinton campaign.

Last month, CNN Films announced it was producing a documentary on Clinton to premiere next year, first in theaters and then on CNN.

NBC also announced a four-hour “Hillary” miniseries starring Diane Lane, on the life of the former secretary of state and first lady.

Priebus’ statement on Monday marked the most aggressive challenge yet to those plans.

In a written statement, Priebus said if the networks don’t meet his demands, he will seek a “binding vote” at the upcoming Aug. 14 RNC meeting declaring that the party “will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor.”

“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,” he said.

The frustration with how certain networks moderate presidential debates hit a fever pitch in 2012 with the controversial actions of CNN moderator Candy Crowley when she gave an assist to the President during a crucial part of the second debate against Mitt Romney, on the issue of whether or not President Obama called the Benghazi murders acts of terror. But even assuming Priebus gets his binding vote next week on this, will the RNC hold to it? My thought, as indicated above, is that they will need the publicity no matter the network – plus, by that point whoever our nominee is might be the type of nominee who won’t let a liberal-leaning moderator trip him up nor let them get away with assisting whoever the Democrat nominee will be.

Your thoughts?

President Obama and Candy Crowley
President Obama and Candy Crowley. The RNC wants to make sure cheerleading like this never happens again.
Photo via Breitbart.com.

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