RNC Caves, Fires NBC From Upcoming GOP Debate

This weekend GOP presidential candidates are scheduled to meet and plot on how to remove the RNC from future debate decisions. RNC chairman Reince Preibus, hoping to thwart a palace coup, has beaten them to the punch and fired NBC. From his letter:

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.

The letter goes on to vow that there will, somehow, somewhere, be a GOP debate that day. And that the right wing National Review will have a role. Because NBC was biased, you see.

  • Xuuths

    It would be interesting to see what actually was promised by CNBC ahead of time, and not just Rancid Prius’ claims — they’re likely to be as accurate as tRUMP’s.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Media outlets of any political stripe shouldn’t be running debates. Bring back the League of Women Voters!

    • noni

      I wish the Democrats would use that type of debate forum.

      I guess the networks would refuse to air the debate if they weren’t able to control the questions so that they could interject as much drama and sensationalism as possible to boost their profits by making it into a circus.

      • Circ09

        In another 4 to 8 years Networks probably won’t matter in the equation. League of Women Voters or whomever (likely affiliates of the Party) will “air” debates from the internet & Netflix/Hulu like sites.

        • Octavio

          The Republicans have worked diligently to invalidate the existence of the League of Women Voters for the last 20+ years. Anyone notice that they’ve pretty much quite their voter registration drives because of possible law suits for breaking the new voter legislation passed in the last few years? And the NRA is on their ass big time for their official stance on gun control. Yet another good grass roots institution being silenced by conservative-supported legislation that makes voting more difficult for everyone.

          • Circ09

            Yeah. Voter Registration is dead. But I still rely on their pamphlets that explain local issues and constitutional amendments, etc…And they do still have some good speakers and forums here locally – usually at the Senior Center. I have hope they will rise again when the old lady Republican witches die off. I’m waiting for some of that before I join again. I just can’t with some of the local board members.

          • Octavio

            They are and always have been a great organization. But they’ve been threatened to exist as much less than they used to be. They depend on donations. And they just don’t have the deep pockets to face the assaults against them in the courts. It’s a very bad situation and should never have been allowed to happen. But ‘Merikuh seems to have needed it’s fascist Republicans. Fascists since Nixon micromanaged everything except his own ego starting in 1969.

          • Doug105
          • AmericanPaPISSED

            “In most cases, California voters do not have to show identification before they vote”

            I think your map is inaccurate, at best.

          • Doug105

            Maybe so, one of the dangers of relying on FB to much.

          • canoebum

            I’ve been voting in New York since the 1976. I’ve never been asked to show an ID.

          • Doug105

            It’s a bit too easy to take them on faith, I know, since 2012 I’ve had to show both state ID and a voter card.

          • canoebum

            In New York, when you enter the polling place, the clerk has a register with a copy of the signature that was on your voter registration card. You sign your name directly next to that signature; the clerk compares the two. If the match, they hand you a ballot. There’s virtually no voter fraud in New York. Now, election fraud, that’s another story, but it almost always ends up in the headlines.

          • Doug105

            There’s virtually no voter fraud… Anywhere, but the minds of the gop lead sheep. Especially in person fraud.

          • Oh’behr

            Hmm, I believe that graphic is incorrect. I do not have to show ID to vote in Minnesota.

          • Librarykid

            Nor do I in Maryland.

        • grumpyoldman

          “Twenty minutes into the future”


          • Circ09

            Heh. Somehow I never saw that one. Max was so much cool back in the day.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Isn’t it sad that “media outlets” can now be considered to have a “political stripe”? [major bummed out face]

      • Judas Peckerwood

        They always have had a political stripe, that of the corporation or wealthy individual who controls them. Media objectivity is a dangerous lie designed to fool people into believing that they’re being fed unbiased information. The sooner the scales fall from the public’s eyes, the better.

        • Veylon

          Bingo. At least they were honest about their bias (if nothing else) back in the Good Old Days. Fox is far from the only media source falsely claiming to be “Fair and Balanced”.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Repug KLOWNS!
    Love it!

  • thevofl

    I say switch it over to a Miss America panel.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I do say Miss LindseyBell is by far the purdiest of the bunch.

    • Bob Conti

      Project Runway?

  • bkmn

    Reince himself selected CNBC. For that alone he should be canned. Why anyone would want a network that thinks Jim Cramer is an asset to host a debate is beyond me.

    • Octavio

      Is that the same brilliant investor consultant Jim Kramer who didn’t see the economic crash happening in 2008-09? He’s sooooo smart. :-/

      • BobSF_94117

        He may not be smart, but he’s loud.

        • Octavio

          He’s so full of B.S. I amazed his camera crew has suffocated from the smell.

        • Gerry Fisher

          Loud does seem to be in fashion lately.

        • Librarykid

          Loud works for them. If you can’t be right, you can be loud.

      • bkmn

        But he screams on the TV!!!!

        Yes that is the moron to which I was referring. (In my best Earnestine voice)

        • Octavio

          That ass wipe is a complete waste of the life force.

      • Cuberly

        The home network of wack-job Rick Santelli fer Krist sake! The harbinger of the tea-bagger movement no less!

        Calling CNBC liberal is so laughable. But hey, if the parent network is at the forefront of all tea baggers minds as being evil lib, mission accomplished. Look at what people are talking about, yeah, some tussles with candidates but overall it’s a flood of ire directed at CNBC. Like I said, mission accomplished.

        • Octavio

          Oh, what evil men do (and that bitch Carly Fiorina).

  • ben

    Oh, it gets even better. Reince just canned what would’ve been the ONLY debate on Spanish-language TV (Telemundo simulcast.)

    • TampaDink

      Catering to the Latino voters….RNC, you’re doing it wrong.

      • Nic Peterson

        The browns do not need to be hearing any of ReiNCe PRieBuS’ candidates’ message.

    • Octavio

      Yeah. I caught that. Heard in on CNN. LOL!

    • KnownDonorDad

      Reach out to the Latino community or pander to the social conservative base? I guess that answers that.

    • Michael Rush

      They may get more Latino votes by not having their comments broadcast .

      • bambinoitaliano

        Or exclude Trump out of the debate.

  • pickypecker
    • Herald

      They threw a tantrum and won again! This just empowers them all the more.
      I can tell you from experience that is no way to handle a tantrum thrower. When one of my sons was 2 or 3 he threw a tantrum, we calmly watched him till he figured out that was not working. It only took him a few minutes to do that and guess what that was his last tantrum!

      • David L. Caster

        I believe GOP tantrums in front of the largest segment of the electorate possible is what will help the situation. That way, voters can play your role as they watch the remonstrations of the toddlers fail. The GOP will not, however, connect the dots.

  • delk

    Careful not to shake Trump’s hand, you might get Reince’s shit on yours. Such remarkable puppetry.

  • Such babies they are! Hillary spent eleven hours taking gotcha questions all by herself, and the only one sweating was the Republican Benghazi Committee chairman.

    • Exatron

      But, but, the media is supposed to fawn over them and hang on their every word. /s

      • They’re so used to Fox.

        • The Professor

          They were mad at Fox too! Can’t please a toddler mid tantrum.

          • Somebody somewhere spared the rod.

          • The Professor

            Or didn’t give enough rod… 😉

    • b

      They can’t handle difficult questions?? Pussies and assholes.

    • Henri205

      That ‘debate’ was a complete joke. Someone posted on one of these threads that they wished the League of Women Voters would sponsor one. Completely agree.

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    • Reality Check

      Sweaty and oily. I bet he drips as he is repressively watching men in porn.

      • canoebum

        Trey looks for all the world like he just yanked off his white hood and tunic before entering the committee room.

        • TheManicMechanic

          Bad case of hoodhead.

    • sandy

      they’re babies because they don’t have anything substantive to say, so when they get put on the spot, they complain that everyone’s “out to get them.” people need to be held accountable for their positions on things.

    • Prion

    • Gerry Fisher

      She should run an ad that riffs off of this. It would be an easy win.

      • Great idea!

        • Gerry Fisher

          Her poll numbers went up after the testimony. Why not ride that horse a bit longer?

  • geoffalnutt

    Rinced Prepuce is a very bad joke. He needs to be a floor-walker in a dept. store…in a very small town…on another planet…in an alternate universe…many millions of years ago.

    • Octavio

      In the seconds sold in the bargain basement.

    • Librarykid

      That is unfair to foreskins everywhere. I object.

  • BobSF_94117

    Dear Russia and China, we will no longer deal with you because you keep doing things that are not laid out in our very specific demands of what issues and problems we’re willing to face and stuff we just can’t handle, especially without preparation.


    President of the United States

  • JaniceInToronto

    Let the gays and atheists run the debates just for a fun old time…

    • Craig Howell

      I’m available. I’m sure many colleagues here would be equally willing to pitch in for the cause.

  • Sam_Handwich

    they can’t go back to Fox …. Megyn might hit Trump in the face again with projectile menses.

    they’re running out of forums

    • Joe in PA

      great visual Sam. Ahem.

      total aside: I just returned from your neck-o-woods…love that area! My 96 y/o Waban friend is doing well and feisty as ‘evah’. Good thing we couldn’t watch the debate (she doesn’t have cable or internet), she would have been yelling at the screen. It was thrilling to be around such a progressive!

  • Gustav2

    Well, we all know NBC news is to the left of Bernie Sanders!

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Couldn’t handle the heat and got out of the kitchen!


  • Octavio

    Ted Cruz is yelling to have the Republican debates be managed completely by the Republican Party “because we are the people Republicans are voting for in the Primary.” He seems to think this would eliminate those pesky mediators who insist upon asking hard questions. Yeah. That’d work. ‘Cause it’s all the CNBC mediators’ fault the GOP candidates looked so stupid and confused during the debate. Ben
    Carson’s all upset about the “gotcha” question regarding his affiliation with Mannatech, a snake oil health product company he’s endorsed and appeared to shout the virtues of that company on their home page. All references and photos have been subsequently been removed from that site. Yet Carson inisists his butt is clean and having to defend his relationship with the snake oil manufacturer. Yeah. He’s innocent. No one needs to know about that. So, he’s all up in a huff regarding journalists and the “librul” media in control of asking Republicans questions. Only Republicans should be allowed to ask any Republican and question in his fantasy of the USA.

    And “Little Ricky” Rubio cancels two — count ’em — two glad handing events to promote his campaign so he can bravely vote for the budget today. Wow! What a sacrifice. He’s actually going to play like he’s doing his job? Hell has frozen over.

    At leas Rubio won’t be returning to the Senate after he loses his bid for the presidency. Maybe something can be done about Rand Paul, too.

    The poor, put upon, abused Republicans. Bwaaaaaaaa. . . . . 🙂

    • Gustav2

      And when Cruz was asked a financial question he changed the subject and went on his tirade.

      • Cuberly

        Well, to be fair, it was a question re; his demeanor and record of not being able to compromise. Which was a legitimate question in relation to his fantastical tax plan. How would he get it passed if he’s an unyielding jackass.

    • Joe in PA

      Propaganda I tell you, propaganda!

      Was that the lamest answer ever?

  • Mark Slade

    I don’t know why they think they’ll do better with friendlier moderators. That will just allow them to unleash their lizardy ids for all the world to see.

    • David L. Caster

      They want to be allowed to control the packaging—the optics as some call it—of their reptilian persona.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • pickypecker

    OH, it’s you kids again. Let me see here (digs down into treat bowl). Here, another seasonal treat to compliment your post on the wacky RNC. Promise to brush your teeth later.

    • canoebum

      I remember that album from the days when you’d hold onto a new release and not open it until you were peaking on the acid. This was one, did the same for Let it Bleed, Let it Be, Tommy and many others.

  • Circ09

    So, will we have Rush Limbaugh as the debate moderator? Will it go live on RedState or TownHall or National Review? Fox News, again? How insulated is this party going to make themselves?

  • DaddyRay

    What a train wreck the GOP is – we knew it was coming

    • Librarykid

      The people running the Grumpy Old Party need to read Yeats’ The Second Coming slowly and carefully and think about what they have created then be very afraid because they have lost control of the madness they have created, nurtured and spread.

  • Bob Conti

    Maybe they could have it on the Sarah Palin channel.

  • LovesIrony
  • DaddyRay

    There really is no format that will make these clowns look good and still be classified as a debate

    • David L. Caster

      First of all, there are too many of them for a meaningful “debate”. Second, most of them know full well that they will never make it past March of 2016 and are just there to turn campaign season into a moneymaker for themselves. Finally, the GOP has no clue how to govern in a sensible fashion nor focus on the real problems the country, as a whole, faces.

  • Bill

    • CPT_Doom

      Oh, yes, monsieur, the schadenfreude is quite tasty today.

  • Reasonoverhate

    The Republican Party has turned itself into a fucking comedy act!

    • David L. Caster

      And they stink.

  • LovesIrony

    Its going to be hard for the nominee to run back so far to get near the center in the general. The majority of people don’t watch or respect Fox news. Get your base to vote for you in the primary but kiss the nonkooks goodbye come Nov 2016

  • Joe

    RNC could have just tweeted this. So much easier:

  • bryan


  • Secure

    Are they going to fire every “liberal” moderator out there too? Their issue is the moderators not the network who is broadcasting. They are morons.

  • Robert Conner

    There’s an obvious solution: Fux News will host the next GOP debate and it will be moderated by Fox and Friends.

    • Octavio

      And only Hasselbutt and Steve Doocy will be allowed to ask questions by slipping cards written in crayon to the master debaters.

  • Cuberly

    Wow the twitchy trolls and other paid right-wing commentors are infiltrating everywhere. Mediate is overrun right now with a host of trolls spewing newer and oddly similar talking points. Desperately trying to point everything towards Obama and Hillz.

    Hmmmm, not to get conspiratorial, but, was this the GOP/TP plan all along? Lord knows their clown car crew doesn’t come off well regardless of setting, if it’s outside of the bubble that is.

  • Blake Jordan

    And this group actually has congressmen in office…

  • LiberalDeacon

    A channel that exists to trick people into thinking the stock market is the economy is too liberal for the GOP. Think on that for a while.

  • Robert Adams

    Poor babies..I fell so sorry for them.

    If they can’t handle a bunch of “lamestream” journalists, how can they be expected to handle the “Leader-of-the-Free-World” duties? Can we all say ” Vladimir Putin”?

    “Shock and awe” and “enhanced interrogation techniques” won’t do it.

  • Mimi

    Why not ask Alex Jones or Michael Savage to moderate?

  • cheakamus

    Why does Reince Priebus look more and more like Mr. Bean each time I see him?

    • TampaDink

      Have they ever been seen in the same place at the same time?

  • BearEyes

    Issue questions are NOT “gotchya” questions.
    Next subject….

  • anne marie in philly


  • apimomfan3

    It’s the moderators that make the Republicans sound crazy and out to lunch. Uh huh. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Jeffrey

    These are the People who are supposedly tough enough to handle Putin or China (with a combined total of zero foreign policy or even diplomatic experience…unless you count Fiorina illegally selling printers to Iran as foreign experience) and yet they can’t even handle CNBC. Feck off, the lot of ya, and don’t trip over your skirts. As my Irish grand dad used to say.

  • Mike in Texas

    As any good chef will tell you, if you do not start with high quality ingredients you will not end up with a fine meal.

    The Republicans should to think about that.

    • Jeffrey

      So you’re saying that if the debates are shit stew it’s not the fault of the pot?

  • crusaderrabbit
  • Mike C

    I wouldn’t dream of voting for a political or party that doesn’t have the guts to stand in front our press and explain themselves. Fuck that.

  • XTstorm

    Yeah piss off Comcast, RNC, that’s a smart move. Why do I have a feeling that cable just went out at the Preibus household?

  • zhera

    Is this US national politics or is it Toddlers in Tiaras?

    • David L. Caster

      In this case, there is no distinction between those choices.

  • Gerry Fisher

    This would have required testicles or brass tubes, but it would have been really *hot* to say something like, “Hey, idiots. You’re running for the nomination of *our* party. We’re not running for the nomination of being *your* sponsor.”

    The reason why the situation in the Republican party is so out of hand is because no other fellow Republicans have pushed back against assholes like these…instead, they get called “a diverse and deeply talented pool of candidates.”

  • Readen Reply

    Call the Whambulance….

  • billbear1961

    The GOP:

    We will not answer any questions that force us to divulge exactly what we have in mind for the country (assuming we HAVE any concrete plans, aside from doing whatever the rich and their corporations demand).

    You will not question our policies–any from the past or being considered for the future–what consequences those actions and policies have already had in the past–like the meltdown and the recession–or are likely to have on the economy and the American people in the future (if we’re put in full charge of government as of January 2017).

    You will not question or challenge our records, any actions we’ve taken to date in our careers –no matter how questionable, embarrassing or controversial.

    We will NOT be held accountable. You will not confront us with FACTS that show we’re deliberate LIARS or with studies that show the policies we favour will lead to hardship for MILLIONS and a deterioration of the economy (through neglected infrastructure, and poor access to a quality education) and–with it– the social fabric of this nation, threatening the standard of living (of all but the rich) and our standing on the world stage.

    Indeed, you will not suggest, for the purposes of debate, that our policies put the rich FIRST while doing little or NOTHING to help improve the lot of anyone ELSE in this country, that we actually HARM all other classes of society, that we wish to abandon the General Welfare in depraved deference to unlimited GREED and callous SELFISHNESS.

    You will not question our refusal to vigorously defend the Rule of Law in this free society or our growing support for using religion as an EXCUSE to permit legally sanctioned discrimination that would impose a New Segregation in 21st-century America, allowing MILLIONS to be turned away in the public square because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

    You will not question the extreme and divisive, often RACIST statements many of us make, that pit one group against another, and threaten to tear this country APART.

    You will ask only questions that make it easy for us to paint ourselves as the saviours of this country, based on our assertions ALONE, devoid of ANY supporting evidences, of ANY foundation in fact or reality.

    You will permit us to spew unchallenged propaganda to our foul hearts’ content.

    Christ, how I fucking HATE these THUGS!

    Grow a backbone, media!

    If they won’t answer your questions, let the American people KNOW it, and tell them WHY they’re AFRAID of being looked at CLOSELY!!

    • Joe in PA

      Wow Bill, I hope you feel better, that was quite the rant! Good job!

      • billbear1961

        I feel a little better, Joe!

        Christ, how I fucking HATE the bastards, AND the media that WON’T stand up to them!!

        They won’t answer questions and say what they want to do because they KNOW their policies are unpopular!

        They don’t want to have to try to defend what they KNOW is INDEFENSIBLE!!

        The media should complain that they won’t answer, and explain or speculate–they like that, right?–about WHY they don’t want to answer.

        Ask acknowledged experts on the issues!

        Ask their opponents!

        The media can have at them; and, in interviews, Democrats can say what I’ve just said and present their evidence to support their charges!

        HAVE AT THEM, the fucking COWARDS!!

        MAKE them ANSWER!!

    • david fairfield

      I love this, Billbear…thank you!!

  • bambinoitaliano

    How about just let faux news broadcast and the rest just ignore them.

  • lattebud

    At the rate their going, they will wind up on the Food Channel doing Chopped and talking about their policies while they make a meal. But, they would have to dumb down the show.

    “Open your baskets… You will find Bisquick, Milk, Eggs, Oil, Butter, and Syrup. You have 30 minutes to make pancakes.”

  • chris james

    I suggested earlier this week that they move the next debate to Comedy Central and get Whoopi Goldberg to moderate….hell, that couldn’t be a bigger charade than the crap we have been witnessing.

    • David L. Caster

      She would slice them to bits.

  • Michael

    Stalinism is alive and well in the Republican Party. One of the first casualties under Stalinism is Freedom of the Press.

  • SoCalVet

    yeah, make more enemies in the media…that’s gonna help your campaigns.

  • Jamie_Johnson

    They scored points by ranting at the media; why wouldn’t they keep at it? Don’t have to answer the questions, get a bump in the polls. Two birds, one stone.

  • DaddyRay

    The next GOP debate will need to be renamed the GOP Infomercial

  • ryan charisma

    So the debate should be boycotted?

    I’d be perfectly happy watching something, ANYTHING else.

  • bob

    In other words, if you can’t make our stupid candidates look good , we’re not doing business ! lol

  • Jude Newton

    The implosion of the antiquated Grand Ole’ Party.
    Christmas is coming early this year.

    • Librarykid

      Maybe all of the candidates should be given guns before the start of each debate.

  • Raymond Arsenault

    Reince give it up.

  • GreatLakeSailor
  • Joyce Langley


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  • NMNative

    Any question they don’t like or are afraid of answering turns out to be a gotcha question by the liberal media. Right.