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Republicans Boycott CNN and NBC GOP Debates Over Hillary Clinton Series

The Republican National Committee has approved a resolution to block CNN and NBC from hosting GOP presidential primary debates over plans for programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The RNC believes that the projects amount to free advertising in favor of a Clinton presidency ahead of an expected announcement that the former first lady and secretary of state would seek the presidency in 2016.

"That's a network that won't be hosting a single Republican primary debate," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared of CNN after the resolution was passed. "We're done putting up with this nonsense. CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks."

For its part, CNN says it asked the group to wait until they had seen the planned programming.

"The project is in the very early stages of development, months from completion," CNN said. "We encouraged all interested parties to wait until the program premieres before judgments are made about it. Unfortunately, the RNC was not willing to do that."

Meanwhile, the TV studio arm of Fox television has backed out of producing the NBC's 'Hillary' miniseries. Fox TV Studios is owned by News Corp., who also owns Fox News Channel.

In a statement with a very different tone than its initial announcement in July, NBC now says it has not made a decision whether to produce the series.

"It is in development, the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production," Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, said. "Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn't created or produced yet seem premature."

Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin criticized his opposition's stance.

"Instead of modifying their policies to actually present smart solutions for middle class families," he said, "the only thing the GOP can unite behind is a plan to continue to limit the audiences - and voters - to whom they will communicate."

August 19, 2013 |

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