RNC chairman chides TV networks over convention programming
August 24th, 2012
01:19 PM ET
10 years ago

RNC chairman chides TV networks over convention programming

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus suggested Friday that the big three television networks were declining to broadcast portions of next week's GOP convention out of political bias.

Priebus specifically questioned the decision by the broadcast networks to not show any GOP Convention programming on Monday evening, when Ann Romney is supposed to speak.

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"I am pretty disappointed with the networks for not covering us on Monday, but we are getting good at dealing with the mainstream media," Priebus told CNN.

Priebus said its been an uphill battle negotiating with the networks over broadcast time.

ABC and CBS will each air one hour of prime time convention programming on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of both the Republican and Democratic conventions. NBC will mirror the other networks in coverage of the RNC, but at the DNC, will air one hour of primetime programming on Tuesday and two hours on Thursday.

But unlike the Democrats, who have no events on the Monday before their three-day convention, Republicans have four days of podium action and a full slate of speakers for Monday night. The networks are not taking any of that nights programming live in primetime.

"Listen, I think the media has an obsession with distractions, they havent been focused on the economy, jobs and the promises that Obama has failed to deliver," Priebus said. "Again, we getting used to getting our message out in spite of the mainstream media."

CNN will carry live coverage of the all four nights of convention activities.

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Hahahahahahahahah

    They don't want to air the "Comedy Hours"! Hahahahahahahaha

    August 24, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Keepint It Real

    Marie MD "Oh right, miss non working mother"

    Yes, insulting every woman who stayed at home to raise their children is indeed a smart way to go.

    August 24, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Notinmy Backyard

    Republicans 3 --Democrats 3 -- Isaac 3 -- FOX b.s. Sounds fair to me.

    August 24, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    No one is watching the candidates wife-she is not being elected-networks need ratings-now if Romney promised each of us who watch $10,000 you might stir up some interest

    August 24, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Everythingdies

    Don't they have to pay to have infomercials on TV?

    August 24, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut pointed out that you only get balanced coverage from Fox foreign owned media. Fox outed the Navy Seal who killed bin Laden. I think that would be what a domestic terrorist news group, hell bent on destroying America, would do.

    August 24, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    It's okay, The Daily Show & Colbert Report will give it all the coverage it deserves.

    August 24, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. ritmocojo

    "Reince Priebus" Is that a name for genital disorder or something along those lines? Who names their kid Reince Priebus? No wonder he has the look like he always has an invisible peice dogpoo under his nose.

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. beevee

    It may be because the networks could not stand the lies that are spewing out of the republican leaders' orfices.

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    Networks don't do real news coverage anymore anyways which is why they are losing viewership to real news coverage on cable. Their liberal slant has become all too obvious and many people have left them in the dust.

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. ST

    What is wrong with Mr. Caterpillar? I didn't even watch the coverings of Ralfaca during Olympics. Was that not important????

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. al in memphis

    I have the same problem with the TV network not wanting to air me cutting my lawn.
    Coincidence, I think not.

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. puerhtea

    No. No politics there. Only money. The networks simply don't want to loose all their viewers.

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Keepint it real – No, you are wrong. Marie MD is pointing out facts, and that seems to upset you. Get over it!

    August 24, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Paul Motter

    As long as the coverage is balanced I see no reason to complain. Its an added night – plus I am sure the news networks will cover it.

    I do think it has been a horrible shame how Ann Romney has been portrayed by the left, however, and people DO care about their first ladies. The Reps should have scheduled her on a different night.

    By the way – what is with all the bitterness by the left over Ann Romney – the woman has a debilitating disease but also has the means – acquired legally – to deal with it in her own way. It doesn't cost you anything yet this bothers you, but millions of illegal aliens flooding our emergency rooms for free medical treatment that literally costs all of us $millions yearly does not bother you? Very hypocritical.

    I live in AZ and have had to take a number in Hospital emergency rooms filled with people who only speak Spanish – most of them with five kids sneezing on me, etc. I would much rather hear about Ann Romney treating her own disease than have to deal with what I DO deal with in reality all the time.

    August 24, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Who names their kid Reince Priebus?"

    That would be Washe and Drye Priebus.

    August 24, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Heir Reince Priebus can't stand the fact that the networks are treating the conventions equally. He always wants more, special treatment to air their hate speech and lies, imagine that.

    August 24, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Peace

    This guy is an empty suit. I wish Michael Steele was still the chairman. GOP is going to lose because of the bad leadership of this man who even gets difficulties to speak.

    August 24, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. BE in TN

    Ann should be washing her cadillacs instead of speaking at the tent revival

    August 24, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "It's okay, The Daily Show & Colbert Report will give it all the coverage it deserves."

    Not to mention more accurate than the MSM.

    August 24, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Duane Allen

    Waa. Waa. "The networks refuse to limit coverage to just those topics we want to talk about, instead they want to cover all the broader issues like well, Mitt's withholding tax returns, our War on Women, our efforts to suppress the vote, Paul Ryan's worship of a Russian atheist, Rep. Akin exposing our deceitful agenda, Bain Capital, more tax cuts for the wealthy, changing Medicare and Medicaid to vouchers, turning Social Security over to Wall Street, it goes on and on... its no small wonder we compulsively lie about everything... all they ever want to do is expose the dangerous truth about the Republican Party"

    August 24, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. M-W-T

    What was the GOP thinking?
    I do not TRUST this guy. What are you afraid of MITT? I never wanted to see this guys tax returns but, I DO NOW!!!
    My gut feelings tells me, STAY AWAY FROM THIS GUY.

    August 24, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Bob

    Quick! Call the "waaambulance".

    August 24, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Dottie

    Get used to it – the networks AND cable have shown their political bias for years – If the GOP wants coverage, they will have to go foreign – the only way to get un-biased coverage of US politics – freedom of speech my ass!!! Case in point – they have jumped all over the senator from Missouri but gave very little coverage (none negative) to Obama's decision to circumvent congress and sign an "executive order" in favor of illegals –

    August 24, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Tyrone

    Yo Reice, you want some cheese with that wine????

    August 24, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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