published Friday, August 23rd, 2013

It’s about time the GOP stood up to the media

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gestures while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington in this file photo.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gestures while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington in this file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, reverted to playground rules last week when he declared that two television networks — preparing what are likely to be fawning biopics about presumed 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton — would not be involved in hosting GOP presidential primary debates.

If the other team can’t be fair, he seemed to be saying, the GOP just won’t play.

Priebus’ declaration — approval of a subsequent resolution was unanimous — drew a standing ovation and war whoops from those gathered in Boston for the party’s summer meeting, according to the Wall Street Journal. It probably got a similar reaction from millions of conservatives nationwide tired of the belief their candidate has to defeat Democrats and the national media every four years in order to become president.

“We’re done putting up with this nonsense,” Priebus said.

Spokespersons for the networks — CNN and NBC — naturally cried foul, saying their programs were in the early stages of development and no conclusions could be drawn about the content.

C’mon, who believes that?

It’s no secret most television networks and other big media lean hard left. A 2007 Pew Research Center study of journalists and news executives found the ratio of newsroom liberals to conservatives was 4 to 1. Similar studies back to 1981 showed the same thing.

There are actually two things to consider.

First, why would the two networks prepare a biopic on any potential candidate for the presidency in 2016, knowing that fairness dictates they treat all candidates the same?

Imagine, for a moment, the hue and cry from the left if, say, CBS in 1999 decided to air a positive — even neutral — program about Texas Gov. George W. Bush, then the leading contender for the 2000 GOP presidential nomination.

(Of course, CBS would never have done that. It’s the network, after all, on which Dan Rather saw his career go down the tube when he ran a story based on phony Texas Air National Guard documents in an effort to discredit Bush in 2004. But imagine, for a moment, that the network wasn’t biased.)

The second question is why the networks would prepare biopics specifically on Hillary Clinton?

Is it possible, say, the networks want to get all of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state’s baggage out of the way before she declares her candidacy? Such programs could gloss lightly over the problems, and she later could say it’s all old news — nothing to see here — once her candidacy was declared.

Clinton, for all the love she receives from the left, has been mired in her share of controversies, from being in charge of the so-called bimbo eruptions during her husband’s 1992 campaign to the FBI files and Whitewater scandals during his presidency to her embarrassing “vast right-wing conspiracy” comment in defense of her husband’s Monica Lewinsky-related downfall to her foreign policy failures during the first Obama administration.

Of those, the most recent — and glaring — is the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack and her callous comment during a Senate hearing on why the tragedy — four U.S. diplomats dead in a terrorist attack, not because of a video, as she and the president first alleged — happened. Responding to a question by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., she said, “What difference at this point does it make?”

Priebus, however, might be better off eschewing all the left-leaning networks involved in airing debates — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and PBS — and offering all the GOP debates to Fox, which would guarantee a huge cable audience since the network dominates CNN.

He’d also be better off with fewer debates in the first place since the series in 2012 became somewhat of a gaffe-of-the-week tour as big media delightfully made mountains out of molehills in an effort to clear the way for Obama’s second term.

Now, we can only hope national Republicans will take a page out of Priebus’ book and hold Democrats’ feet to the fire over the likes of the economy and Obamacare — instead of acting like Democrats-Lite.

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hotdiggity said...

Uhh, what is to stop Fox from producing a series highlighting a conservative? Indeed, there was speculation that they would air the Clinton series.

Like it or not, by any reasonable measure, there probably is not a more qualified candidate for president than Hillary Clinton.

Hey Fox,instead of crying crocodile tears do a mini-series on a presumptive candidate like Christie. Of course you could also trot out Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman and highlight their accomplishments.

August 23, 2013 at 8:28 a.m.
soakya said...

yeah they pale in comparison to Hilary, from the beginning of her term to the end, from Russia to Egypt and everything in between. But what does this matter now.

August 23, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

Maybe a Fox mini series on Ted Cruz?

August 23, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.
chet123 said...


August 23, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.
gypsylady said...

How many attacks have there been on U.S. diplomatic facilities in the past 20 years? 50 years? Shouldn't we discuss each and every one of them?

August 23, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
soakya said...

How many Americans have been killed in the past 20-50 years on U.S. Diplomatic facilities?

August 23, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
gypsylady said...

More than four.

August 23, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.
soakya said...

How many ambassadors?

August 23, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
gypsylady said...

Oh wow,really??? Are ambassadors more valuable than other Americans? Seriously???

August 23, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

So if Fox did a series on say, Chris Christie or Rand Paul, does anyone think the Democratic Party would not host presidential primary debates? What a bunch of GOP crybabies.

August 23, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.
ibshame said...

If Hillary runs she will win it won't matter how many debates the GOP shuts down for TV Networks. Based on the clown show those debates produced the last time around, they should be happy anyone even wants to air their debates.

August 26, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.
moon4kat said...

The networks should "get tough" with the GOP, and start calling it out for the lies and distortions it's been pumping out since GWB's presidency (starting with invading Iraq on false premises, etc.). Bush, Cheney & Rumsfled have caused the deaths of thousands of honorable Americans.

August 27, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
mhbraganza said...

It's time The Media stood for something other than expediency and cozy complicity with The Man.

February 20, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.
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