ABC_6.16.jpgABC News is responding to the Republican National Committee’s claim that the network is excluding “opposing voices” during next week‘s White House conversation on Pres. Obama’s national health care plan.

In a letter to ABC News president David Westin, RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay writes, “I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime.”

This morning ABC SVP Kerry Smith responded, characterizing the RNC letter as containing “a number of false premises.”

“ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president,” she writes. “ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.”

The RNC letter to ABC News and ABC’s response, after the jump…
ABC_6.16.jpgABC News is responding to the Republican National Committee’s claim that the network is excluding “opposing voices” during next week‘s White House conversation on Pres. Obama’s national health care plan.

In a letter to ABC News president David Westin, RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay writes, “I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime.”

This morning ABC SVP Kerry Smith responded, characterizing the RNC letter as containing “a number of false premises.”

“ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president,” she writes. “ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.”

The RNC letter to ABC News and ABC’s response, after the jump…

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