Priebus Addresses Propaganda
CNN and NBC both claim to be bipartisan news sources. Last November, however, Candy Crowley received criticism for showing support for President Obama in his debate with Mitt Romney, and Reince Priebus is now taking a stand against the two networks support for Hillary Clinton. Priebus, who is chairman for the RNC, wrote a letter to the two networks that he will not allow them to cover Republican primaries if they produce films that promote Former Secretary and First Lady Hillary Clinton for what could only be her future run at President. Priebus wrote in the letter that is the films are not removed by August 14, “the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor.” Priebus continued in the letter, “Out of a sense of fairness and decency and in the interest of the political process and your company’s reputation, I call on you to cancel this political ad masquerading as an unbiased production.” It is not really a secret which direction news networks lean. Fox News could not be more conservative, but NBC and CNN claim to be bipartisan. Producing a mini-series that favors Hillary Clinton for 2016, however, devalues this position. CNN spokesperson Allison Gollust shot back at Priebus, “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. Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters.” Priebus seems to not have been outlandish in his claims,for Media Matters For America is supporting Priebus’ request and wrote to NBC and CNN expressing their support for the RNC’s campaign. Priebus did not help his supporters, however, when he went on Fox News and slammed the two networks. The subtitle of the interview said “propaganda control.” Media is often referred to as the “fourth branch” of government, and all are inclined to their own opinions. It is important, however, to call a spade a spade, especially when the audience thinks they are getting objective news.