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Demonstrating once again that laser-like focus on jobs and the economy, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus has sent a letter to NBC and CNN threatening that if they produce a miniseries on Hillary Clinton, the GOP will boycott them in the 2016 primary debates.
It’s August, Congress is gone, and it’s time for the silly season — which gets off to a fun start with a new Republican National Committee threat against NBC and CNN. It seems that unless NBC drops plans for a miniseries on Hillary Clinton, and CNN drops plans to air a documentary about the former Secretary of State, the RNC is threatening to boycott those networks in 2016 primary debates.
Now, never mind that, whatever the merits or lack thereof of a miniseries about a prospective presidential candidate, it’s pretty amazing that Republicans would object to news coverage of Clinton on CNN. Which is exactly what they’re doing here. Also, never mind that in reality it’s almost certainly a bluff. Parties don’t partner with TV networks for primary debates as a favor to the networks; they do it because they want exposure for their candidates.
What’s really going on?
Ooh, ooh! I know! The Republican Party is floundering in outmoded reactionary stupidity, and this is exactly the kind of stuff they know plays very well with the most ignorant elements of their base. Next question!
S.E. Cupp is going to be a regular panelist on CNN’s revival of Crossfire, and during a segment on Piers Morgan promoting it, did a swan dive into Lake Wingnut:
I’m starting the video where the Wendy Davis topic began.
Reacting to the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit openly gay youths as members, RedState founder and former CNN contributor Erick Erickson lapsed into full-on swivel-eyed fanatic speaking-in-tongues mode tonight on Twitter, culminating in this glimpse into his tortured psyche:
Yes, Christ is love, but he is also wrath, vengeance, and redemption.The modern emo Christ is a fiction.Christ could throw a punch.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 24, 2013
“Wrath, Vengeance, and Redemption” — wasn’t that the title of the last Whitesnake album? Or was that Stryper?
(h/t: The Mountain That Blogs.)
More right wing reactionary craziness:
Boy Scouts of America: Born February 8, 1910. Died May 23, 2013 #RIP
— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) May 24, 2013
BSA now stands for Boy Sodomizers of America, because that’s what will happen. Mark my words.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) May 24, 2013
Wow. Talk about being completely disconnected from reality.
CNN was roundly slammed for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings — reporting unsubstantiated rumors as confirmed facts, saying the suspect was a “dark-skinned male,” basically getting almost everything wrong in their rush to be first out of the gate.
But CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker thinks they did a bang-up job!
Zucker’s memo to staff:
What a week.
As events unfolded in Boston, and then in Texas, and as they continue to unfold at this very moment in both places, CNN has been there for our audience in every possible way - on television, online and on our mobile platforms. As Wolf would say, that was true for our audiences here in the United States and around the world. For journalists like each of us, these are the times that define what we do and why we do it. All of you, across every division of CNN Worldwide, have done exceptional work. And when we made a mistake, we moved quickly to acknowledge it and correct it. It was important to see CNN, CNN.com, HLN and CNNI all shine this week, often with different stories and different approaches that make each of their roles clear. It is a week that began with a whole new genre of programming for CNN, with the successful premiere of Parts Unknown. Now, as the week comes to a close, I wanted to express my deep gratitude and admiration. You have worked tirelessly, around the clock, to share these stories. And our audiences have responded, making it clear that they rely on us in ever increasing ways. In front of the cameras and behind the scenes, you have shown the world what makes us CNN.
With my thanks and appreciation,
This is me, gobsmacked.