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RNC Flirts with Turning 2024 Primary Debates Over to Left-Wing Media

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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According to a recent New York Times report, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is actively in talks with left-leaning networks like CNN, CBS, and NBC as prospective sponsors for its 2024 presidential primary debates.

Could the RNC possibly be more out of touch with its voters?

“In an intriguing show of détente, the Republican National Committee has asked several major TV networks—including CNN, a regular Republican boogeyman—to consider sponsoring debates,” the report states. “Party officials are also in talks with executives from ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News.”

Those same networks’ handling of the Republican primary debates for the 2016 cycle should disqualify them from consideration this time around. During the October 2015 debate, then-presidential candidate Ted Cruz famously channeled Americans’ frustration with the glaring biases of the mainstream media. “You know, let me say something at the outset. The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said in a perfect distillation of conservatives’ exasperation toward the increasingly activist media complex.

“You look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’” Cruz continued. “How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”

Of course, since the 2016 presidential primaries, the media’s credibility has only sunken further.

Throughout Trump’s presidency, Americans witnessed the propagation of an endless series of lies, hoaxes, and contrivances manufactured by the media for the sole purpose of smearing Republican officeholders and sullying Republican voters. The entirely discredited Russiagate narrative, the outrageous smearing of Brett Kavanaugh as a serial rapist, the dismissing of the COVID-19 lab theory as a “racist conspiracy theory,” and the thoroughly debunked narratives surrounding the events of January 6 constitute just a few notable examples.

The media then doubled down on their forfeiture of credibility during the 2020 presidential cycle. The general election debates between Trump and Biden were a comedy of “gotcha” questions aimed at Trump while the moderators lobbed softballs for a clearly struggling Joe Biden.

Then, with weeks to go until the election, the same media engaged in the blatant spreading of disinformation and open censorship by suppressing and discrediting the Hunter Biden laptop scandal—which many conservatives rightly consider to be an instance of brazen election interference.

But the media’s propensity to fake narrative-building and hoax instigation is not limited to attacks on Republicans. For years, media forces have propped up lies about the COVID pandemic, slandered innocent high school students as raging white supremacists, and aided in the schemes of left-wing figures to propagate false accounts of systemic racism.

Given all of this—and everything that voters have witnessed in recent years—why would the RNC delegate a major part of the presidential selection process to networks actively committed to destroying Republicans?

Prior to the January New York Times report, the Republican establishment had shown promising signs of avoiding a debate process controlled by left-wing forces. Last year, the RNC voted unanimously to exit the Commission on Presidential Debates.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is biased and has refused to enact simple and commonsense reforms to help ensure fair debates, including hosting debates before voting begins and selecting moderators who have never worked for candidates on the debate stage,” Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel declared in a statement, referring to the fact that the moderator of the first presidential debate in 2020 previously worked in Joe Biden’s Senate office.

But given the news that the RNC is now likely to enlist precisely the same “biased” entities to orchestrate the Republican nomination process once again, it appears McDaniel’s words were nothing more than empty rhetoric. Given the open hostility—even hatred—CNN has for Trump and other leading Republicans; one has to wonder whether elements of the RNC are intentionally setting up one or more Republican primary candidates to be targeted by the network’s moderators.

If GOP leadership wants to retain the trust of its voter base, conduct a fair debate process that reflects the voices of conservatives, and, most importantly, defeat the Democrat nominee in 2024, it must reject the hopelessly biased and corrupt mainstream media establishment.

Republican voters will not—and should not—tolerate anything less.

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Ronald Sendre
1 month ago

Maybe we should start a new NATIONAL REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE and dump these people who sell us out to these demorat stations.

2 months ago

I am confident that NEWSMAX would happily host the debates, and that CSPAN, RSBN and others would piggyback.

“Lame Stream” media would never be considered, had Harmeet Dillon replaced Mitt Romney’s Brice, Ronna McDaniel!

We still have far too many “Washington Elites” influencing important decisions within the Republican Party!!

2 months ago

Rs should instead do the entire thing with alternate media – Tim Pool, Triggernomentry, Breaking Points (maybe … Saagar, at least), even Rising might be ok, tho they are part of the legacy establishment media.

Think about The Fifth Column, Reason, VDH, these sorts of people – outsider viewpoints that will ask interesting questions that will both inform the Republican electorate, by engaging in the topics and investigative vectors that matter to Republicans, but also by ensuring that the debate isn’t about the narrow set of concerns of the identity marxist set that controls the major institutions today.

gerald serlin
2 months ago

The debates are ALWAYS rigged anyway. When was the last time that the Libertarian Party candidate was invited to the debate stage? The Libertarian Party is the only third party to be on the ballots of every state and the District of Columbia. The answer is NEVER.

The major parties are allowed to continue to exist only because the election process denies the voters the full choice of candidates who can compete because the Presidential Debates are a closed forum and the only viable third party is denied a place on the stage. The American system of fair play and rational voting methods is skewed to keep anybody who is not a major party candidate from possibly winning the election.

In addition, of course, the moderators are NOT unbiased as they once were when the League of Woman Voters ran the show. The time is now to revamp the entire process, including especially absentee ballots and a return to a single Election Day. No voter can be sure of his candidate by early voting. Circumstances can change radically. Example: the last Senatorial election in Pennsylvania was won by a candidate who had an almost totally disabling stroke just prior to election day and has not been able to perform his duties and probably never will be able.

2 months ago

What was Ronna McDaniel’s response when you asked her why she is considering letting Democrats run the Republican debates?

2 months ago

RINO stupido. We can’t expect to win anything with these idiots.

robb g
2 months ago

Not another dollar to the RNC……until they listen to “We The People” Ditch Mitch

2 months ago

I’m skeptical that the NYT report is accurate. At least I hope it’s not. The RNC should have learned its lesson years ago. Would they really be this stuck-on stupid after all these years? The main steam media has proven itself year after year incapable of being unbiased and objective, and totally corrupt in its dealings with Republicans and conservatives due to being in bed with the Dems.

Mark Alliegro
2 months ago

This article is inaccurate.

2 months ago

Absolutely no left-wing media involved, please! They enjoy tossing out hard-to-answer questions to catch conservatives off-guard. Candidate Trump has already given them much ammunition (sigh…); best to keep them off the stage. Limit debate moderation to Breitbart and NewsMax!

2 months ago

“You look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’” ” Contrary to Ted Cruz’s deliberate and intentional lies none of thos questions were asked. And if you exclude the people who watch NBC, ABC, and CBS, from people you are reaching out and whose votes you are trying to win, you can’t win an election. They get vastly more viewers than fox. And If you include Fox in with the honest media, you’re left with significantly less than 20% of the electorate. If you only talk to the 20% of the american people who are true trump supporters, you are never going to win.

2 months ago
Reply to  memyself

Weren’t they? It sure seemed like it to me.

Bill Krueger
2 months ago

I vote they go on the Joe Rogan Show. More viewers and substantive questions.

2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Krueger

Rogan has a cumulative viewership of 11 million. The networks reach more than double that number just in the 11pm to 12am time slot. They talk to the networks, because unlike the moron that wrote this piece, they know they can’t win without getting some of their viewers to vote for them. Conservative media is far too small.

2 months ago
Reply to  memyself

He’d get at least triple for a debate. Use your brain man.

2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Krueger

Terrific idea.
Probably too substantive though, those questions. In other words they won’t want to do it.

Rogan + Victor Davis Hansen. That would be my choice. Pick an actual liberal too. Problem is it’s tough to find one that isn’t part of Pravda that Pravda won’t scream “hE’s AcTuUhLeE a NaTzi” about (Taibi, Greenwald.)

Crystal Ball from Breaking Points could be good. Friends w/ Rogan too.

I wouldn’t mind seeing a debate with Crystal & Saager, but they are WAY too populist for the RNCinos.

2 months ago

It comes down to who is the monitor of the debate. If CNN, ABC, or CBS et al want one of their Democrat shills to monitor and ask questions on condition their networks host the debate, you politely tell them to fkuc-off and die.

2 months ago
Reply to  eifenwkl

And then you lose the election because you’re only being seen by a minority of americans.

2 months ago

the democrats are hoping for a large republican field that splits the vote enough to win the nomination for trump. the result of this would be 4 more years of biden. an even better scenario for them? the republican race is brutal desantis wins the nomination so angering trump that he runs in his new-formed freedom party. result 4 more years of biden the only hope the republicans have to win the white house is to abandon trump the albatross around the party’s neck

Chris Weldon
2 months ago
Reply to  Gregg44

Surely, you jest.
(1) The DemWits cannot stop talking about President Trump, because they are terrified of him.
(2) In national polling averages, President Trump leads DeSantis and every GOP contender by 20+ points and Beijing Biden by an average of 5 points.

PS. Good try, George Soros.

2 months ago
Reply to  Chris Weldon

Primary polls this far out are solely a measure of name recognition and have nothing to do with how people will actually vote.

Dave F
2 months ago

Why does the media even have to “host” the debate? Why not hold the debate yourself and allow the networks the right to broadcast them. Just like the convention.

RNC hosts them…but allows any network to show them live. If the goal is to get moderate voters who watch liberal networks, it’s a good idea. But don’t let them run the show. Otherwise you’ll get questions like “what is your pro-noun” and “why are you mean to the mentally ill”…granted they mean why are you mean to Joe Biden.

2 months ago

“RNC Flirts with Turning 2024 Primary Debates Over to Left-Wing Media” – SERIOUSLY?????

Robert Chase
2 months ago

RNC leadership? Not so much! Shame this notion is up for discussion. I don’t know of any voters eager for a repeat of biased moderators. RNC looks like a fools convention.

2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Chase

“A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.” Ecclesiastes 10:2

Morris Howell
2 months ago

If republicans can’t stay together we certainly can’t beat the democrats the way they manufacture votes. If Trump were to run as an independent it would fracture the republicans to insure defeat. I voted for Ross Perrott and elected Bill Clinton, he cut my Social Security in 1/2 making Social Security more stable for some, certainly not for me. If we don’t make Donald Trump our candidate it seems it would make whatever candidate we choose less likely to win. Why do you think the democrats are working so hard to keep Trump off the ballot? If the RNC has been infiltrated how do we raise money for Trump to make him the candidate? You have to understand people. The democrats lie, cheat, steal, whatever they have to do to keep the Republican Party out of control. It’s like climate change to them. If the Republicans get the power back their sky will be falling every day of any republican administration. The mid terms showed us one thing. If republicans don’t have a robust candidate, and we sit at home and don’t go vote, we can insure democratic/communist control of our country. The coup started in the White House when Obama, Biden, Susan Rice, James Comey, all talked about overthrowing the 2016 election they all thought they had enough votes, real or not to win.
Democrats have all the union votes. People discount that now and say there just aren’t that many union votes. I tell you, every city and town of any size,especially east coast and west coast, public employees are all union. Police, Fire, Emergency Services, all city workers, federal employees, and now all the woke military will vote democratic. Does the word ORGANIZED mean anything to you. It sure does to them.

2 months ago
Reply to  Morris Howell

You are spot on!!
Although, I believe that voters went out to vote but, votes were circumvented – and, I hope that, that doesn’t happen again. (I pray this time our elections are secured.) The liars and the cheats already have a plan in place to steal votes.

2 months ago

This proves RINOs are running the RNC. I suspected as much and quit donating to the RNC over a decade ago.

2 months ago

ANOTHER dog & pony show!

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