Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus sent NBC a big “you’re fired” after Wednesday’s CNBC debate debacle, and many think it’s high time that the GOP deal with an increasingly hostile mainstream media.
In a letter sent Friday to NBC Chairman Andrew Lack, Priebus wrote,
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.
Priebus told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in Friday’s “On The Record” that “we were betrayed” by CNBC. “[And] I think the candidates were betrayed by CNBC.”
“They did everything they promised not to,” the RNC chairman said. The RNC took over the task of setting up debates this election cycle after 2012, when the networks put their own debates together and invited candidates. Priebus said his job is to “protect these candidates,” while dismissing the idea that the campaigns are looking to “revolt” against the RNC.
When the news was released on social media, conservatives reacted with some encouragement.
I just sent this letter to NBC News suspending our partnership for the February Debate: https://t.co/MVke5m2EBm
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 30, 2015
NBC reacted with disappointment. But they know they’re biased.
NBC News released this statement regarding the RNC/debate suspension pic.twitter.com/kQJBauL4zx
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 30, 2015
One tweet looked at the CNBC attack as a gift: the RNC finally got the message of how biased the media really is.
While we continue to abuse liberal hack @JohnJHarwood, we should also thank him for finally making the GOP realize how biased NBC is.
— JWF (@JammieWF) October 30, 2015
Watch Priebus’ “On The Record” clip below.