RNC leaders voted unanimously today not to sanction 2016 Republican primary debates held by either CNN or NBC News unless the networks change plans to air biographies of Hillary Clinton.
The ban extends to CNBC and MSNBC, as well as affiliated Spanish language stations, according to the Washington Post:
The ban on CNN and NBC extends to their Spanish-language sibling networks, CNN en Espanol and Telemundo, according to RNC aides. That leaves the RNC with only one major Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, to partner with on officially-sanctioned debates.
The RNC resolution says the documentaries “are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election.” The resolution notes:
Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, contributed the maximum amount to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign committee, contributed $25,000 to Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund, and this year contributed $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
The RNC added a clause suggesting it will try to limit the number of debates, so axing CNN and NBC gets them partway there while eliminating networks most likely to provide an unfavorable forum for Republican candidates.