Celebrating the shutting down of production on documentaries by a political party that claims to champion free speech is, at the very least, hypocritical. But that’s what the Republican Part is doing now that both HBO and NBC have put documentaries about Hillary Clinton on ice.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said his party “won a major victory against the mainstream media” Monday after NBC and CNN canceled plans for programming about Hillary Clinton.
The RNC had threatened to blackball NBC and CNN from participation in Republican primary debates for the next presidential election if they had fulfilled their plans of a miniseries, in the case of NBC, and a documentary, in the case of CNN.
On Monday, Preibus seemed convinced that it was the RNC’s threat that encouraged the two networks to drop their plans, though neither CNN nor NBC cited the RNC as the reason for abandoning their projects about Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator and U.S. secretary of state.
Why should NBC or CNN care if the Republican Party doesn’t want their debates on those networks? The party has more to lose from not having the widest distribution possible.