The Republican National Committee wants NBC and CNN to cancel upcoming programs on Hillary Rodham Clinton and is threatening to blackball the television networks from future Republican presidential debates if they fail to comply. Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calls the programs political ads “masquerading” as unbiased productions. He vows not to partner with the networks on Republican debates if they don’t pull the programs.
“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,” Priebus said in a statement. “Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing.”
Clinton has not yet said whether she’ll run for president in 2016.
CNN Films is planning a feature-length film on the former first lady and secretary of state for next year. NBC has announced the miniseries “Hillary” starring Diane Lane. It’s expected to be released before the 2016 presidential election. Richard Licata, an NBC Entertainment spokesman, declined comment on the request and referred calls to NBC News, which said in a statement that it “is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project.”
CNN said in a statement that “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.”