As we reported earlier this morning, Republican National Committee officials voted on a resolution boycotting any CNN and NBC-hosted debates during the 2016 presidential cycle over the two networks’ future airings of films about Hillary Clinton. That vote has been tallied and the party has unanimously agreed to proceed with the punishment against the networks.
Around 11:30 a.m. ET, several news outlets tweeted that the RNC vote had come in unanimous:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 16, 2013
The RNC confirmed it with a tweet as well:
BREAKING: RNC resolution to stop CNN & NBC from hosting GOP primary debates in 2016 PASSES!
— RNC (@GOP) August 16, 2013
The RNC also confirmed that their boycott will also include Telemundo and CNN Espanol.
Full resolution below:
WHEREAS, former Secretary Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, and CNN and NBC have both announced programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton; and
WHEREAS, these programming decisions are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election; and
WHEREAS, airing this programming will jeopardize will the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks; and
WHEREAS, 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; therefore be it –
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls on CNN and NBC to cancel the airing of these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment; and, be it further
RESOLVED, that if CNN and NBC continue to move forward with this and other such programming, the Republican National Committee will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor, and, be it finally
RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee shall endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators and debate partners are chosen, and that other issues pertaining to the general nature of such debates are addressed.
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