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    RNC Cancels NBC’s debate and gives it to CNN.

    RNC Member: Debate Cancellation Is ‘NBC’s Own Fault’

    By Barbara Hollingsworth | January 18, 2016 | 6:29 PM EST

    Republican National Committeeman Morton Blackwell. (Leadership Institute)

    (CNSNews.com) – Several conservative activists told CNSNews.com that they support the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) reported decision not to air its upcoming presidential debate onNBC, including a Republican national committeeman who said that “it’s NBC’s own fault.”

    Breitbart News
    first reported that members of RNC’s Debate Committee voted unanimously on Monday to sever the party’s “business relationship” with NBC News--which was planning to air the party's February 26th presidential debate in Houston--due to concerns over CNBC’s handling of the debate it moderated and broadcast in October.


    “I’m not surprised. It’s NBC’s own fault,” Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute and one of the longest-serving Republican national committeemen, told CNSNews.com.


    “The decision not to partner with NBC is confirmation that there was a general revulsion over the unfairness of the CNBC debate, which seemed designed to cause maximum damage to Republican presidential candidates last fall.


    “That debate had hostile news people posing as ‘moderators’ when they were anything but moderate,” Blackwell added.

    “I’m reasonably certain that this has the full support of the RNC. I don't know of anybody who's unhappy with this.”

    Other conservatives also voiced their approval.

    Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring. (LFR)

    “NBC has demonstrated again and again that it is no longer committed to balanced, objective journalism. It has become a house organ for the Democratic Party. Even the peacock in its logo only looks to its left," Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, told CNSNews.com.

    [RNC Chairman] "Reince Priebus and the RNC are right to exclude them from the presidential candidate debates,” Hanna said.


    “This was an understandable reaction to the previous CNBC debate which focused on a cult of personality, and asked silly questions, a spokesman for Adam Brandon, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, told CNSNews.com. “There was even one question about fantasy football.


    “Republican primary voters want to hear about how to grow the economy and roll back the excesses of the executive branch.

    We need a debate that asks the candidates tough questions about policy. A network that doesn’t take its job seriously should not be able to host such things.”


    But not all conservatives agreed.

    “I actually disagree with the decision,” conservative radio talk show host Erick Erickson, who writes for The Resurgent, told CNSNews.com.


    “Yes, I think the subsequent commentary that would be on MSNBC would be terrible, but I think Chuck Todd has shown himself capable of being fair in the debate and, more importantly, it has denied Republican activists the opportunity to see their candidates again gang up on and gut a debate moderator should the questioning go left and be biased. That alone makes these debates wonderfully entertaining.”


    Blackwell said that the RNC became involved in scheduling and negotiating terms for the presidential primary debates after the 2012 elections, when a number of candidates complained that the 23 debates held during that election cycle were too many, but that they felt obliged to participate in all of them because their opponents would be there.


    However, there were many complaints after the third RNC-scheduled debate last October, which was moderated by CNBC’s John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla.


    Former Attorney General Ed Meese characterized that debate as “a verbal shooting gallery set up by CNBC, with the targets the Republican candidates and the shooters their biased antagonists from the press….Whoever selected the ‘moderators’ should be fired and the RNC leaders who allowed it should be condemned,” Meese told CNSNews.com.

    Former Attorney General Ed Meese. (Heritage Foundation)

    Last fall, Priebus wrote aletter to Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News, informing him that “pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016."

    Noting that CNBC’s handing of the first debate “was conducted in bad faith,” Priebus said that “CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates.


    “The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns,” Priebus said.


    NBC did not return CNSNews.com's request for a comment.

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    NBC replaced by CNN for GOP's Super Tuesday debate



    by Dylan Byers @CNNMoneyJanuary 18, 2016: 6:20 PM ET




    The Republican National Committee has decided to sever ties with NBC News for February's Super Tuesday debate and will instead partner with CNN, it was announced Monday.

    "The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC's participation in our February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, February 25th in Houston at a location to be decided," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a statement.

    Priebus said that the debate will include Telemundo, the NBCUniversal-owned Hispanic media company that had been scheduled to co-host the debate; National Review, NBC's original conservative media partner; and Salem Communications, CNN's conservative media partner in previous debates.


    The decision comes two-and-a-half months after the RNC suspended its partnership with NBC News because of CNBC's handling of the third GOP debate in October, which the Republicans said devolved into a series of "gotcha' questions.


    The RNC's debate committee held a vote on Monday afternoon and decided unanimously to terminate NBC's involvement and hand control to CNN, which has already hosted two Republican primary debates and is scheduled to host another one in March.


    Related: Seething GOP candidates escalate CNBC grievances


    The CNN debate will take place five days before Republican voters in Texas and 13 other states head to the polls and caucuses for "Super Tuesday," on March 1.


    The network has yet to announce a moderator for the debate.


    Related: NBC replaced by CNN for GOP's Super Tuesday debate


    The decision is a blow to NBC News and its journalists, who lost rights to a coveted political and television event. NBC News and CNBC are divisions of NBCUniversal, a media company owned by Comcast, but operate out of two different buildings and have different management teams.


    The CNBC debate, held on October 28 in Boulder, Colorado, was widely criticized by Republican candidates, journalists and viewers as being poorly handled and lacking in substance. CNBC's moderators were also heavily criticized by candidates during the debate.


    "While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates' visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC's moderators engaged in a series of 'gotcha' questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates," Priebus wrote in a statement shortly after the debate.


    "What took place Wednesday night was not an attempt to give the American people a greater understanding of our candidates' policies and ideas," he added.


    At the time, NBC News called the RNC's suspension "a disappointing development," but pledged to "work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party."

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