Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened Monday to try and prevent CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless both networks agreed to cancel forthcoming television specials about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
CNN and NBC, in separate statements, said they would move forward with the projects.
CNN's film unit has ordered a documentary about Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state earlier this year after representing New York in the U.S. Senate and as first lady in the White House. The documentary is scheduled to air in 2014.
The statement from CNN said:
"CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more. Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters."
NBC has announced plans to run a miniseries with Diane Lane playing the role of the former first lady. The statement from NBC News said:
"NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project."
Priebus made the demands in separate letters to Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, and Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. In the letters, which were released to the public at around the same time they were sent to each network, the RNC chairman claimed these individual programs were an effort to "promote" Clinton in anticipation of a possible run for president. While supporters are taking steps to try and build an infrastructure should Clinton decide to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, she has not indicated whether she will run again.
"Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing," Priebus wrote. "I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment. If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC's Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor."
In the 2012 GOP presidential primary election, CNN hosted seven of the 20 presidential debates, which were broadly viewed as helping lesser known candidates compete with better know, well-funded rivals. President Barack Obama did not face a primary challenge last year.
Photos: Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
the only reason this women wants to run is not for the country she wants to be the 1st women president. she has showen her true colors when she stepped away from benghazi. her and bill have been mixed up in some shady deals in the past she is not to be trusted.
does nbc and cnn think by presenting her life story as they see it will smooth over the major bumps in her career? she has been proven to be one of the biggest liars in government..if you think oblamma has been reckless with the truth, just elect this lady....i just hope the american voters have enough sense to view this snow job for what it is..complete bias fiction..
Hillary already has the Guns Over People Shutdown Government tea potty on the run before she says that she will run!
Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.
Could you imagine if CNN, NBC yielded to the demands of the RNC? That party is over!
CNN already proved they are unable to host any debates without biased moderators. A shameless promotion of Hillery is no surprise. Just being a women will not work as well as the race card did for Obama. Hillery has proven she is incapable of leading with her failure as Sec of State. "What difference does it make!!!" will follow her to her political retirement. We don't need any more Clintons or Bushes. Along with Obama, they have all lowered the bar of standards for this country for decades now. America needs to wake up and stop letting the media decide who can be President.
I would have voted for Hillary in a heart beat-over obama. But until questions about Benghazi are answered, I don't trust her further than I could throw her...and maybe answer questions about what did obama offer her to change her tune when she was running against him. There are things not adding up over the issue of where our government is leading us.
I would say that CNN in its entirety is a disservice to voters but after seeing the usual democrat sheeples posts here......all of you deserve one anothers ignorance.
Good. No debates. I wouldn't vote for any of the republican pinheads anyway. They stand only for the rich!
Hillary will never live down Bengazi!!! Even though cia is trying their best to cover for her/obama by threatening witnesses and giving them new identities to hide them from congress.
The (so called) defenders of rights, the republicans, must feel the same way about freedom of speech as the former communist leaders in the former Soviet Union. They just don't want you to know it, or let you in on their little secret. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU'VE BEEN HAD. And you're too stupid to recognize it.
I nearly peed my pants laughing so hard at RP's complaints of political bias against CNN and NBC .... on FOX "news"!
They are throwing the Demorcrat's Fairness Doctrine back at them. The Dems had all the major networks for years and got mad when Fox and talk radio went to the right. If she is a canidate then they would have to put the Republican and Tea party's documentary on also.
A mini-series and a special documentary on Hillary Clinton. Two companies, one purpose.
They broadcast stupidity foe the stupid, and they suck it in.
The will need to spin alot to conteract her involvment in Benghazi. The father of the seal will make sure of that.
It's about time. They shouldn't partner with CNN anyway after the last round of debates. When you have supposed moderators trying to help one of the candidates including jumping into the debate with wrong information to cover for Obama (Yes you Candy), why would you want to partner with these pro-democratic operatives posing as neutral moderators?
They don't hold debates on Fox or MSNBC because they promote a side. Seems fair to say their is a line to cross.
I think that what is happening is men are scared of Clinton, because she is smart, she is savvy, and she would make a great President. I don't believe Hllary is hated, except by the GOP men. Well everyone, we need to bring back the sufferage movement. Lets call it WARS, Women against Republoican Stupity I hope Hillary runs and wins, The women of American will vote for her, unless they have been brainwashed with stupidty from the GOP. We need to make sure each and every one of the GOP is fired.
Does that mean the the Republicans won't be participating in the debates? Thank goodness.
Oh for cripes sakes!
She's running. She's winning. You're DONE!
By the time the GOP gets done digging they will be in Chinese territory.
cnn & nbc- you are missing an important chapter. which your efforts over the years have cost billions to suppress. i'm still here...
I am not a Republican; but I hope the RNC sticks to their guns. CNN and NBC should NOT EVER again be deciding who our next president should be. The leftist media HAS decided who should be the president of the USA twice already. And, look what (who?) we've gotten for the last two years.
Thanks for nothing Hillary! It does matter THIS time!!!
Classic CNN. Terribly biased.
I love how Republicans are already blaming the meeeedia waaaaahhhhhhhhh for losing in 2016.
Think for yourselves people! Hyper-biased media is the biggest impediment to democracy and free thought!
Why dont Fox run a documentary about Cruz or Paul? Thats right their lives are a joke!!! LMAO