Reince Priebus Pens Letter to NBC Concerning GOP Debate

Reince Priebus Pens Letter to NBC Concerning GOP Debate

Reince Priebus Pens Letter to NBC Concerning GOP Debate

Reince Priebus faced extreme push back from conservatives throughout the United States concerning the recent GOP Debate, conducted by CNBC. It was a catastrophe of sorts, to put it mildly. Last night, Reince joined Hannity to recap the debate.

See below:

“What was delivered was nothing but a crap sandwich,” Priebus stated.

Love the honesty, Priebus. However, I would counter that the debate actually had the appeal of a dysentery footlong sub (Don’t get any ideas, Subway). Reince had issued a statement immediately after the debate, as well.

Immediately after the CNBC debate, Priebus issued a harsh statement calling CNBC’s handling “disappointing” and campaigns began organizing to meet up and plan a way to take control of future debates.

Yesterday he yelled, today he took action.

The letter reads:

Mr. Andrew Lack
Chairman, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112

Dear Mr. Lack,

I write to inform you 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. 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.

The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.

CNBC billed the debate as one that would focus on “the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy.”  That was not the case. Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case. Candidates were promised that speaking time would be carefully monitored to ensure fairness. That was not the case.  Questions were inaccurate or downright offensive. The first question directed to one of our candidates asked if he was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, hardly in the spirit of how the debate was billed.

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

I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and freedom of the press. However, I also expect the media to host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans. CNBC did not.

While we are suspending our partnership with NBC News and its properties, we still fully intend to have a debate on that day, and will ensure that National Review remains part of it.

I will be working with our candidates to discuss how to move forward and will be in touch.


Reince Priebus
Chairman, Republican National Committee

While the pathetic excuse for a debate was partly his fault in the first place, at least he’s finally doing something about it. Credit where credit is due, I say.

NBC released a statement, as well.

“This is a disappointing development,” NBC News said in a statement. “However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party.”

CNBC and NBC News are divisions of NBCUniversal, a media company owned by Comcast. They operate out of two different buildings and have different management teams, but they do collaborate on news gathering and reporting.

When it came to production of the debate, CNBC was on its own. In NBC’s halls on Thursday, there was chatter about whether the debate would’ve benefited if NBC’s political reporters and managers had been involved.

Well, NBC, I think the debate would’ve benefited if anyone with a maturity level higher than that of a 10 year-old girl with a crush had been involved. Thankfully, National Review will still be involved, but NBC just got the heave-ho from the RNC.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    Call me crazy but if I’m trying to put a GOP debate on TV the last place I’d go to is one of those NBC cable networks (OK, maybe not CNN either). I’d put it on the cooking channel first.

    • Marybeth Glenn says:

      YES! Actually, the cooking channel isn’t a bad idea, as long as it’s a split screen… Watch the debate while making a delicious meal. Perfection.

      • Nina says:

        Chopped or Cutthroat Kitchen

        Now that I think about it, Repubs vs Dems in the Chopped Kitchen… “Chef Hillary, you’ve been Chopped.”

  • Toni Williams says:

    Too little too late. Oof.

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