2016 Election, Elections

RNC suspends partnership with NBC


Reince_Priebus_by_Gage_Skidmore-239x300After the fiasco that was the CNBC GOP primary debate, the Republican National Committee has officially suspended its partnership with NBC. Read the announcement from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus below:

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

  • Joe1938

    Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican
    National Committee knows he is in big trouble with the Conservatives
    in the house. This bias by the media has been happening for decades.
    Why didn’t the old stoneless blueblood GOP retread RINOs at the RNC
    take action years ago?!

  • LovesFreedom

    While watching this debacle, I was glad & proud of the manner the GOP candidates conducted themselves in response to such petty, disrespectful ‘questions’ presented to them. The moderators only made themselves appear unprofessional and immature. Looking forward to an actual debate, which has not really occurred yet, with substantial relevant questions and a structured debate forum. There are time rules for responses and rebuttals in debate but these have not yet been adhered to.

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