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RNC Moves to ‘Dramatically Cut the Number of GOP Primary Debates’ For 2016

fox news debate stageAlthough the next Presidential Election is more than two years away, the RNC yesterday moved to “dramatically cut the number of GOP primary debates” for 2016, Politico’s James Hohmann and Dylan Byers report. A group of 13 members, led by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, have been charged with choosing the date, location and networks for the election cycle:

 In recent months, [Priebus] has met with political directors and bureau chiefs at the major networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News — to air their thoughts and get a read on the networks’ thinking.

“It’s essentially a listening tour, they’re sharing their general ideas,” said Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and senior White House correspondent. “It was a very open, good conversation. They heard us out, we heard them out.”

Because of last cycle’s circus-like atmosphere, and because of suspicions of liberal bias, some Republican constituents would like to ice out mainstream media journalists altogether. “The people running the debates need to be Republicans,” said Georgia GOP Chairman John Padgett.

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Phil Griffin: MSNBC Gets ‘More Analytical As The Day Goes On’

phil-griffin-msnbcFeaturedIn an interview with The Daily Beast, conducted before the latest controversy at MSNBC, network president Phil Griffin spoke about the recent daytime shakeup, explaining how the types of voices viewers will hear makes MSNBC “more analytical as the day goes on.”

“There is a rhyme or reason to this—it’s making the thread clearer from morning to night,” Griffin says, explaining that the latest line-up is organized in three-hour blocks. The first begins with Morning Joe, the bipartisan agenda-setter that airs from 6 to 9 a.m., continuing with a newsy block that runs from 9 to noon (with Hall newly installed at 11 a.m.), running through Mitchell at noon and followed by Farrow and Reid as “a more topical” bridge to an increasingly opinionated afternoon featuring The Cycle, a panel show, and Now With Alex Wagner. “Then you have the big voices of Ed Schultz, Rev [Al Sharpton], and Chris [Matthews],” Griffin continues, “and then the big deeper thinkers of Chris Hayes, Rachel [Maddow], and Lawrence [O’Donnell].”

Griffin draws a line between MSNBC’s “sensibility” and ideology. Read more

MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair

MSNBCLogo304x200Responding to RNC Chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network President Phil Griffin has apologized to Preibus.

Here’s the statement from Griffin:

The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.
I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.

Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC.

MSNBC’s swift action in response to this online comment comes after a string of controversial on-air comments in the last months of 2013: Melissa Harris-Perry‘s panel mocking Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild, Martin Bashir‘s resignation after making vile comments about Sarah Palin, and Alec Baldwin and MSNBC parting ways after the actor hurled anti-gay slurs toward a photographer.

>Update: Priebus will appear on “Hannity” tonight to talk about the incident.

MSNBC Apologizes for Controversial Tweet About Conservatives and Cheerios

MSNBC’s official Twitter account deleted a tweet last night that suggested conservatives wouldn’t like a new Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family set to air during the Super Bowl.

“Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” read the tweet, which linked to an MSNBC.com story on the new ad.

The tweet was playing off the 2013 firestorm created over a similar Cheerios ad with the same interracial family. That ad generated such vile reaction online, the YouTube comments section was closed.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC for comment, but did not immediately get a response.

>Update: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has sent MSNBC President Phil Griffin a letter informing him he has banned RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC until Griffin personally and publicly apologizes.

>Update: MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and Phil Griffin has apologized to Reince Priebus.

Jeff Zucker Fires Back at Roger Ailes

AilesZuckerTwo top generals in the cable news wars are going at it.

Following Fox News chief Roger Ailes‘ comments in a Hollywood Reporter interview in which he said CNN “is out of the news business,” CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker fired back Friday at the TCA: “[Ailes] doesn’t do an interview in a long time and then does it the week that the book comes out? He’s trying to deflect attention,” said Zucker.

While THR ran the Ailes interview this week, it was actually conducted last month. The book Zucker refers to, Gabriel Sherman‘s “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” an unauthorized biography of Ailes, will be released Tuesday. The original publication date was for later this month, but when excerpts leaked earlier this week, Random House moved up the publication date.

In his comments Friday, Zucker said the book “confirms what we’ve known all along, which is the Republican Party is being run out of News Corp. headquarters, masquerading as a cable channel.” RNC chairman Reince Priebus then got into the mix, tweeting, “Hey Jeff Zucker, we’re the Republican Party and we speak for ourselves, pal.”

A Fox News spokesperson says Zucker is the one deflecting because of the network’s ratings woes. In 2013, CNN experienced  a 20-year ratings low. CNN has produced several segments this week on Sherman’s book. He’ll be a guest on “Reliable Sources” tomorrow morning.

In response to Ailes’ original shot across the bow, Zucker says, “Clearly there’s probably no other network in American television that is covering news in such a substantial and serious way than CNN.”

RNC Chairman: ‘Political Bias’ At Fault For Lack of Network Coverage Next Monday

The chairman of the Republican national Committee, Reince Priebus, says that political bias is the reason the “big three” broadcast networks won’t be covering day one of the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Priebus told CNN’s Peter Hamby:

“I am pretty disappointed with the networks for not covering us on Monday, but we are getting good at dealing with the mainstream media.”

CBS, NBC and ABC will be giving the RNC an hour of primetime Tuesday-Thursday, but nothing on Monday. Of course, PBS will be airing the RNC Monday, as will pretty much every cable news channel. Also,the DNC isn’t getting any special treatment, as it too will be getting three days of coverage from the big three broadcasters.