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Reince Priebus, RNC Launch Full-Scale Attack On ‘Liberal Media’ Over Hillary Clinton Programs

August 7, 2013

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WASHINGTON — Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, took to the airwaves over the last 24 hours to defend his threat to shut CNN and NBC out of the 2016 GOP debates if the two networks continue with plans to air programming on Hillary Clinton. He also offered a glimpse into what the crusade has at stake: a packed Republican primary season covered through the lens of the “liberal media.”

In a slate of TV and radio interviews, Priebus discussed letters he had sent to the heads of CNN and NBC Monday, in which he outlined concerns over each network’s decision to air a documentary and miniseries, respectively, centered around Clinton, who is widely regarded as a frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The RNC chairman accused the two networks of giving the former secretary of state “special treatment” that could influence public opinion and damage their credibility as impartial news organizations.

“It’s not really a bunch of whining, it’s just us telling them what we’re going to do about it, that’s all,” Priebus explained during an appearance on Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart.”

“They’re going to assert what they want to do, and we’re going to assert what we want to do,” he said. “I just want their presidents and their chairman to know that if they want to move forward and spend millions of dollars promoting one particular candidate before the 2016 election, then we’re going to do what we want to do, and we’re just going to shut them out of our debates.”

Republicans have reportedly been afraid of Clinton’s rising popularity and launched a series of attacks in recent months that target a range of issues, from her response to the 2012 terrorist incident in Benghazi to allies who have been marred by scandals.

During a Tuesday interview on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends,” Priebus rejected guest host Leslie Gold’s characterization that Republicans were “freaked out” about films that could just as well be critical of Clinton as they could be fawning or flattering in their portrayal.

“It just doesn’t matter,” he responded. “In today’s world, cult personality, cultural votes, which is what presidential elections are — it doesn’t matter.” Read more in the Huffington Post.

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