RNC chairman Reince Priebus is calling out NBC and CNN for being unfair. So much so that he is threatening not to let NBC and CNN showcase the Republican GOP primary debates in 2016. Three years from now. Yep, if they go ahead with their odes to Hillary next year, they’ll regret it three years from now when Reince lowers the boom. They are surely quaking in their boots as we speak.
“If you have not agreed to pull the programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 15, 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,” Mr. Priebus wrote in letters he released Monday.
Mr. Priebus is coming out with only one gun blazing. If he would drive the point home more forcefully, by threatening not to let Candy Crowley moderate the ’16 debates, the networks would surely see that Priebus and the RNC were a force to be reckoned with and relent. Or something.
At the same time, John Nolte over at Breitbart calls the bluff of Media Matters in this same affair and charges that David Brock is merely protecting CNN and NBC’s brands by seeming to side with Priebus. But the usually perceptive Nolte shows a fair amount of naivete when he offers this:
And it is just a fact that the more CNN and NBC sully themselves in the minds of the public, the less effective they will be at persuading the public to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Actually, John, CNN and NBC can’t sully themselves in the minds of the public anymore than they already have. and your harkening back to the ’08 and ’12 elections should give you a heads up that we are, in 2013, past the point of the public’s perception of the media playing a part in pulling the lever. If you don’t think those in on the conference calls aren’t already two steps ahead of this, haven’t already war-gamed this out and know exactly what they’re doing, two words for you – David Axelrod.
Conventional wisdom following the ’08 race was that the Obama camp went easy on McCain because they knew they could beat him. It became pretty obvious to all us casual observers, didn’t it? So what did all the pundits, talking heads, RNC operatives say when the Dems and their allies started trashing Romney early and often? “They fear Romney! Romney is just down the middle enough they know they can’t beat him! He’s our guy!”
What happened? Axelrod chuckled to himself, went out after the seventh inning stretch and closed the deal.
The context and the narrative are everything, and the context is not always what you think it is. With Hillary Clinton, the narrative(s) are that she is smart, was wronged by Bill and the VRWC, has had a stellar (are you kidding me?) political career, and is a tireless fighter for……something or other. The counter narratives offered by the Right have never been successful. Hillary has been more of a Teflon Don than the Teflon Don.
The context defining the ’16 race should have been Benghazi. But it is not, nor will it be. Because Reince and Co. have not advanced the ball one yard past McCain’s ’08 position that he would speak no ill of the Dem candidate (nor Romney’s ’12 pledge that he wasn’t going to set his hair on fire). The entire Republican Establishment, in office and out, has been complicit in allowing the Benghazi affair to twist slowly, slowly in the wind, to let the witnesses be scattered and silenced and the memories to blur over time. Benghazi will, by 2016, be but a footnote.
In the meantime, CNN and NBC will air their tributes to Hillary and no amount of posturing by Preibus or “Gotcha!” moments by John Nolte will alter the course of events.
Everyone with half a brain who has been half awake for the last twelve years knows that there is not only no longer any pretense of journalistic integrity by the Memestream media, there is no longer any effective pronouncement or sanction or taint associated with the corruption. It is, as Rush Limbaugh would say, what it is. Further, there is no effective legal counter to the machinations of the leftwing cabal, either by the FEC, the Courts or the Congress.
The voters? The voters are just as fickle as they have ever been. On election eve it was the consensus that once again, “It’s the economy, stupid” and no way Obama could be re-elected. How’d that work out for ya?
Perception is reality in winning elections. There are those who say that ‘going negative’, though offensive to the sensitive, always gets results. However, Axelrod knew when that would work and when it wouldn’t, didn’t he? But he always had that ace-in-the-hole: The Memestream Media. They could be counted on, no matter what. They can be counted on again in 2016. Nothing has changed. Sure, a handful of print outlets did the classic feint routine by late in the game editorializing with modest praise of Romney because of (solely) the economy. But that was pure business, no sincerity involved. Reince Preibus , indeed the Republican Party, had better have an epiphany (can we say a ‘come to Jesus moment’?) about platform planks, partisanship, strategy and venues (core philosophy would be nice as well) sometime in the next three years (if they even have enough of a base left to matter), because the Memestream Media Shall Not Be Moved.
Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions