Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is doing the right thing. He's making the national media's blatant partisan bias a prominent issue right out of the gate to Campaign 2016. Priebus sent a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker and NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt demanding they cease efforts to air promotional Hillary Clinton films on their airwaves, or he'll seek to stop any effort to allow presidential debates on their networks.
"It's appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton's campaign operatives," the RNC chair declared.
"Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing. 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."
CNN's response was especially pompous. Cutting off CNN debates "seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters," they responded. As if CNN anchor John King leading off a debate by prodding Newt Gingrich about his sex life was a vital public service.
NBC protested that NBC News isn't making the docudrama, as if they aren't all in the same liberal boat. Their statement could have read: "We at NBC News are not Clinton puppets. Just because at the behest of President Clinton we hired his daughter Chelsea as a correspondent when she had zero journalistic experience doesn't mean we should be considered in the tank."
The other networks were spinning furiously. "Republicans are now threatening retaliation," proclaimed ABC News anchor Josh Elliott. Then came Claire Shipman -- White House spokesman Jay Carney's wife -- to spit on the "rabble" and their protest. "Enough, say rabble Republicans, who call the projects political ads."
That's ABC News for you. Republicans are "rabble," while unwashed Occupy Wall Street activists are the conscience of the country.
The two networks have different plans. CNN has a "CNN Films" subsidiary that farms out political documentaries to "independent" (left-wing) filmmakers. For a Hillary film, they chose leftist Charles Ferguson, who didn't sound "independent" in the CNN press release. "I am very excited to be making a film about Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose fascinating life and work embody so many of America's, and the world's, hopes and challenges."
The "rabble" sees it differently.