RNC chair complains about Hillary biopics: ‘We have to control the referees’
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus decried two upcoming biographical film projects involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday, as well as what he and Fox News host Sean Hannity characterized as a “traveling circus” debate schedule involving GOP candidates.
“We have to control the referees that we’re bringing into our playground,” Priebus told Hannity. “Right now I can’t trust two organizations that are willing to spend millions of their own dollars in promoting a candidate that they know is gearing up to run for president.”
Both NBC and CNN announced upcoming films on Clinton, a potential front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination in 2016 if she enters the race, prompting Priebus to threaten to boycott both networks.
“I think it’s just about time that our party stands up and protects the party and our candidates from networks that are not in the business of promoting our party,” Priebus said to Hannity. “They’re not in the business of promoting our candidates. They’re not in the business of doing anything but promoting the Democratic party, and I’m not gonna sit around and watch this happen anymore.”
While no prospective Republican candidate can claim to be the recipient of a movie biography, studies released in 2011 and 2012 do show Priebus’ party command the majority of screen time on Sunday morning news shows.
Watch Priebus and Hannity complain about the upcoming Clinton films, in video posted by Crooks & Liars, below.
[h/t Talking Points Memo]