RNC chairman Reince Priebus is angry. To this blogger, an angry Priebus is a humorous Priebus.....and so initially, when I read about Reince's threatening letter to entertainment channels CNN and NBC.....I was amused. Seems as though Reince doesn't really appreciate the 2014-scheduled programming decisions of entertainment channels NBC and CNN.
CNN is planning to air a "documentary" on Hillary Clinton, and NBC has a four-part mini-series scheduled next year which will feature Diane Lane as the former First Lady. Because the Republican Party cherishes freedom of expression so much, the party's Chairman got out his box of Crayolas and fired off a threatening letter to the two entertainment network's bosses.
"If you 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 of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor," Preibus wrote to the networks.
The designated leader of the GOP......the political party of freedom, I'm told......is threatening two entertainment outlets over their choice of entertaining content. In other nations, this would be considered censorship. In GOP America, it's called freedom.
Now, you may have noticed that I am using the word "entertainment" to describe both CNN and NBC. That's because the word "entertainment" best describes the content of the two teevee channels. With rare exception, teevee "news" is simply entertainment by another name....sometimes accompanied by scary-sounding background music, sometimes not. The three major networks caved to Village and corporate pressures long ago and CNN is now so smitten with Fox-wannabeism that they recently jumped on the Benghazi Bandwagon of Fools, airing an "entertainment" piece of total-conspiracy theater.
It's a bit early for the RNC Chairman to be conducting a 2016 election "autopsy" report....but darned if it doesn't look like Priebus isn't already blaming "liberal" media, pre-emptively, for Hillary Clinton's landslide win three years from now. Give that some thought....because Reince hasn't.
Even Reince's threat is humorous. Let's say that the GOP boycotts all teevee entertainment channels except their own, Fox. Only the few million Americans who watch Fox entertainment will even know who the GOP primary candidates are in 2016.
But as goofy as a threat-to-boycott CNN and NBC over the content of their entertainment seems, and as amusing as Mr. Priebus can be most of the time....the genuine scream has been the reaction by Maureen Dowd of the NY Times and David Brock of Media Matters.
Maureen Dowd actually wrote that Preibus was "right" to call for entertainment teevee censorship. People may be influenced...dontchaknow. But in a case of acute WTF-ism, doesn't Dowd remember that the Supremes decided Citizens United for the plaintiff. What was Citizens United all about?....
The conservative lobbying group Citizens United wanted to air a film critical of Hillary Clinton and to advertise the film during television broadcasts in apparent violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.
Citizens United won that case. Are teevee movies about political stars only taboo for CNN and NBC now? Why would that be the case? Should CNN and NBC, both pure entertainment channels, self censor while political activist groups and Super PACs are free to air anything they desire? Makes one's head spin, no?
David Brock writes that since the projects "could coincide with a potential Clinton presidential campaign, the timing raises too many questions about fairness and conflicts of interest ahead of the 2016 election."
"fairness" and "conflict of interest". Brock forgets that CNN and NBC are media outlets of entertainment. There's nothing fair about entertainment. It is what it is. One either enjoys the entertainment, or one does not. If fairness and accuracy in reporting were important, or even valuable in teevee "news", how could Fox be the number one watched "news" network?
And please...."conflict of interest"......how ridiculous to say that about teevee in 2013. Oligarchs sponsor these teevee channels. That, in itself, is a conflict of interest. Also, what motivates NBC and CNN? Profits. Sorry, if you thought "responsible journalism" was the answer. It's not.
Yes, it's August and the stenographers and the servants of the powerful have little to write about.....and yes, conservatives, the Village and Republicans have already begun their anti-Hillary campaign with the election 3 years out.....proving that they are scared to death that Hillary is a shoo-in.
But is it absolutely necessary for folks like Priebus, Dowd, Brock and others to lose their shite over what, in the end, boils down to just entertainment?
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