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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Paul Rawlings: Stop Clinton documentary or else

  • RNC threatens to pull debates on CNN and NBC
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  • CNN Films is planning a documentary about Hillary Clinton and NBC Entertainment is planning a miniseries on Hillary.
                       In separate letters to Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment and Jeff Zucker the president of CNN The Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus accused both companies of "special treatment" in this language:  
    "As an American company, you have every right to air programs of your choice. But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded at your actions, which appear to be a major network's thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election. Secretary Clinton has been in the public eye for well over two decades, so you certainly cannot claim that a documentary about her political career is any sort of public service or eye opening journalism on an unknown individual.  Quite the opposite is true; it would be most accurately described as an in-kind donation."
    Priebus said: "If they (CNN& NBC) want to move forward and spend million of dollars promoting one particular candidate before the 2016 election, then we are going to do what we want to do and we're just going to shut them out of our debates If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC's Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor."
    Doyle Webb Chairman of the Arkansas GOP said: "It is clear that CNN and NBC are attempting to sway the opinion of voters by running puff pieces about Hillary Clinton, ahead of her likely 2016 presidential campaign."
    Barbra Levin spokesman for CNN responded:  "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."
    Why would Mr. Priebus and Mr. Webb be taking CNN to task for a documentary which THEY HAVE NOT SEEN--folks this film has not been completed! ! !
    Why would Mr. Priebus and Mr. Webb be taking NBC to task for a miniseries which THEY HAVE NOT SEEN--folks this film has not been released! ! !
    What special skills do Republicans Priebus and  Webb possess that enable them to know WHAT IS IN FILMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED and to know the Democratic nominee for president in an election to be held three years in the future?
    Since voters failed to send the Republican presidential nominee of less government and lower taxes to the White House in 2008 and 2012 Republicans are busy trying to determine the reasons for their failures.
    Page 2 of 2 - Some Republicans believe the 20 debates and forums they conducted in the 2012 presidential primary from June 2011 till February 2012 were too many and were over too long a period of time. 
    In March 2013 the RNC called for a SHORTER PRIMARY CAMPAIGN in the 2016 Presidential  Primary of not more than a dozen debates with the first not before September 1, 2015.
     A RNC task force called the current primary system "a long, winding, often, random road that makes little sense which ends at the nominating convention that really don't nominate anybody any more."
                 People who viewed the 20 TV performance of Snow White and the seven dwarfs in the 2012 Republican presidential primary agree that Republicans should have fewer debates over a shorter period of time and many people further believe the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 would have received MORE votes if the Republican presidential candidates had not participated in a single TV debate.
    Priebus and Webb have correctly concluded the best way to keep Americans from viewing a repeat of the name calling, blood letting 2012 Republican presidential primary in 2016 is to take the Republican debates off TV.
    Mr. Priebus you and Mr. Webb should be happy that CNN and NBC elected to do a documentary and a mini-series on Hillary Clinton instead of doing a documentary or mini series on the following:
        "The longest period of peacetime expansion in America's history" Hillary's husband
        "The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression."  G. W Bush-Republican president after Hillary's husband.
          "My 236 visits to the Bush White House."  Jack Abramoff convicted felon, Republican lobbyist with clips from "Casino Jack" the movie about him.
            "Republican family values--the lives of Newt Gingerich, Herman Cain, Mark Sanford, David Vitter, Larry Craig, John Ensign, Bob Livingston, and Ken Calvert."
     
    (Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes monthly to the editorial pages of The Sun-Times)

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