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Priebus Calls for GOP Boycott of MSNBC Over Cheerios Tweet.


Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is calling for a boycott of MSNBC unless its president apologizes for a Twitter message the network posted slamming Republicans over Cheerios’ new advertisement featuring a biracial family.

“Unless you personally and professionally apologize for this behavior, I have banned [Republican National Committee] staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC,” Priebus wrote in a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin Thursday.

The video shows a biracial family discussing the heart benefits of Cheerios.

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The MSNBC tweet, which read “Maybe the rightwing will hate it but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” drew outcry shortly after it was posted on MSNBC’s account late Wednesday.

Shortly after it was posted, the network backtracked, tweeting an apology and saying the live tweet had been removed.

In the first tweet, MSNBC says it regrets the tweet:

One minute later, the network apologizes:

And MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe also chimed in, tweeting:

But the tweets over the Cheerios ads come just weeks after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for mocking his adopted black grandson.

In addition, host Martin Bashir was forced to resign after calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a “world-class idiot” and suggesting she receive the same “disgusting” treatment given to slaves as described in a slaveholder’s diary.

Also, the network fired Alec Baldwin in November after he made a gay slur against a photographer on the street.

Priebus said Thursday that the network’s statements and its stars are showing a “pattern of behavior.”

“Sadly, such petty and demeaning attacks have become a pattern of behavior at your network,” Priebus wrote. “With increasing frequency, many of your hosts have personally denigrated and demeaned Americans — especially conservative and Republican Americans — without even attempting to further meaningful political dialogue.”

Priebus said he enjoys appearing on “decent shows” such as “Morning Joe” and “Daily Rundown,” but said MSNBC is “poisoned” because of its recent behavior.

Cheerios’ newest 30-second ad, which is set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, is a follow up to a spot for the cereal company last May, featuring Grace “Gracie” Colbert as the young daughter of an interracial couple. In the newest ad, little Gracie uses her dad’s announcement that she is getting a baby brother to lobby for a new puppy.

The first advertisement received so many racist comments after it was posted on YouTube that General Mills, which makes Cheerios, pulled down the comment section for the video.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Priebus Delays RNC Winter Meeting for March for Life.


Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus plans to delay the start of the group’s annual meeting so he and other RNC members can join the thousands of abortion opponents in this year’s March for Life in Washington.

The annual march is held on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, reports The Washington Times.

“I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life,” Priebus said. “This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles.”

This marks the first time a major U.S. political party has delayed its annual meeting, said state GOP chairmen and other RNC members. About 650,000 people attended last year’s march, where House Speaker John Boehner was one of the keynote speakers.

In addition to delaying the meeting, Priebus said the RNC will charter a bus for those among the RNC’s 168 members who want to attend the march.

Alaska RNC member Debbie Joslin, in an email with other members, noted that she has not known of another RNC chairman to delay the meeting start or make an opportunity for members to attend the Rally for Life.

“They always scheduled critical meetings for the same time as the March for Life,” she said. “Big thanks to Reince for standing up for the unborn!”

According to Oklahoma RNC member Carolyn McLarty, the schedule change started during an email reminder about the march from another RNC member, Kathy Hayden of Virginia, who suggested members “could attend at least part of it” before the meetings started. Priebus decided to delay the meeting after hearing about 20 members planned to share the cost of a bus to go to the rally.

Oregon RNC member Solomon Yue said the does not think donors will complain too loudly about the party chartering a bus for members to go to the rally, out of fear of being “viewed as petty.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

RNC Considering Big Changes for 2016 Nominating Process.


The Republican National Committee is considering sweeping reforms to its presidential nominating process in a bid to improve the party’s electoral chances in the 2016 election.

According to CNN, a select group of RNC members has been conducting a series of closed door meetings with party Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss a number of ideas to revamp the process, including a plan to condense the primary calendar.

The 17-member special rules subcommittee is also considering a system to institute harsh penalties for states that move the date of their primary or caucus. For example, states that interfere with the order of nominating contests could see the number of delegates they send to the convention cut by up to one-third for small states or slashed to as few as nine members for larger states.

Other proposals under consideration include a plan to move the party’s convention date to late June instead of its traditional August slot, as well as ways to limit the number of Republican primary debates in 2016 to a concentrated group of sanctioned events with a shortlist of specific moderators.

“There is definitely a consensus for Reince’s objective to have less debates and have control over how and who we have run our debates, rather than just turning it over to X,Y, or Z network and having a guy moderate who’s going to just dog you for two hours,” one Republican familiar with discussions told CNN.

The moves were prompted by the view among party insiders that the party’s nominating process in 2012 may have damaged the chances of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Moving the date of the convention, for instance, would allow a future candidate to unlock the campaign’s general election war chest much earlier so as to gain greater momentum against the Democratic challenger for the crucial run-up to the November vote.

Asked about the proposed changes, RNC Communications director Sean Spicer told CNN that the measures “reflect the chairman’s conversations with the grassroots of our party and are intended to give the next nominee the financing and resources necessary to win in 2016.”

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Politico: DNC Having Worst Fundraising Year in a Decade.


Money is not exactly flowing like water into the coffers of the Democratic National Committee. In fact, the committee is having its worst fundraising year in a decade, reports Politico.

The pace at which the DNC is raising cash this year is slow even by typical off-year standards and it has hardly scratched the surface when it comes to paying down the debt incurred in getting President Obama reelected.

This year, the DNC raised $35.4 million though the end of July.

Compare that to $51 million at the end of July 2009 and $36.3 at the end of July 2007 (both figures adjusted for inflation) and it’s clear these are not the best of monetary times for the committee.

The DNC entered August $18.5 million dollars in debt, which is up from $18.3 million in June, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

The committee also spent more than it raised in July — taking in $3.9 million but shelling out about $5.4 million.

DNC spokesman Michael Czin said the party’s debt came from the significant investments it made in field and state parties during the 2012 campaign.

“We spent it wisely and we’re proud of that,” Czin said. “We have a plan to get out of debt. We’re going to keep encouraging people to give.”

The DNC has posted seven consecutive months of low-level fundraising totals.

Conversely, the Republican National Committee outraised the DNC by about $2 million in July.

The RNC has actually posted better fundraising figures than the DNC in every single month in 2013.

The RNC is basically on pace with its 2011 fundraising hauls, a year in which the committee reduced a significant amount of debt that was accrued in the 2010 cycle.

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By Matthew Auerbach

Priebus: RNC ‘Drastically Changing Its Approach to Politics’.


Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday that the party is making a “big, cultural shift” with its minority outreach efforts.

Priebus, appearing on ABC’sThis Week,” said the RNC’s summer meeting in Boston last week was “very positive” despite stories in the media about party infighting and political disagreements.

Those headlines should be replaced by ones that say the party is “drastically changing its approach to politics,” Priebus said.

“I’m trying to build party that’s year-round,” Priebus said, adding the RNC has hired 157 full-time workers since April and probably will double that number by the end of the year.

“In an off-year, coming off the heels of an election loss, to have that many field people in Hispanic, Asian, African-American communities, it’s unheard of. This is a big cultural shift in our party,” he said.

Priebus also defended the party’s decision last week to blacklist two television networks from its presidential-debate schedule.

News of the plan to exclude CNN and NBC from participating in candidate debates leading up to the 2016 election broke Friday during the committee’s meeting in Boston.

“Entities like NBC and CNN that are moving forward with four-party miniseries about Hillary Clinton are not going to take part in our debates,” Priebus said.

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RNC Unanimously Votes to Shut Out CNN, NBC From Debates.


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By Bill Hoffmann

 
 

The Republican National Committee on Friday made good on its threat to dump CNN and NBC from covering its GOP presidential primary debates unless they drop their “political ad” productions about Hillary Clinton.

It unanimously passed a resolution that prevents any partnership with the two networks as long as the Clinton projects move forward.

So far, neither has budged in their plans to produce the programs, despite pleas from some of their own news staffers.

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“Former Secretary Hillary Clinton is likely to run for President in 2016, and CNN and NBC have both announced programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting [her],” the RNC said in the resolution passed at its summer meeting in Boston.

“These programming decisions are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election.

“Airing this programming will jeopardize the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks.”

The RNC noted also that Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, contributed the maximum amount to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign committee; $25,000 to Obama’s 2012 Victory Fund; and this year, $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

The committee again called on CNN and NBC “to cancel the airing of these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

It said that if they continue the projects, the committee “will neither partner with these networks in the 2016 presidential primary debates nor sanction any primary debates they sponsor.”

The RNC concluded it will “endeavor to bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, appropriate moderators, and debate partners.”

The no-nonsense resolution follows RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ warning earlier this month that the two television networks would be shut out unless they pulled the Clinton projects.

Priebus had written both NBC’s Greenblatt and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, to protest their programming plans.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” Priebus said.

NBC has announced plans to air a four-hour mini-series about the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state entitled “Hillary,” which, the network says, will track “Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician, and cabinet member,” starting in 1998.

CNN is working on a documentary from director Charles Ferguson, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his film “Inside Job,” which he once described as chronicling “the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry.”

In letters to the two networks, Priebus said airing the shows would be unfair not only to the GOP’s presidential pick, but to Clinton’s potential Democratic primary rivals — who he named as Vice President Joe Biden, Govs. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Andrew Cuomo of New York, and John Hickenlooper of Colorado, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

He said the networks’ “actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing. … I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

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NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd has said the planned mini-series from his network’s entertainment division could represent a disaster for the news division.

People fail to realize the split between the two NBC arms, which don’t always get along,he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“This is why this mini-series is a total nightmare for NBC News,” Todd said.

Christopher Hahn, former Senior Aide to Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer said the GOP is off the mark in pressuring the networks.

“I think they’re making a big mistake. I don’t think that the greatness of Hillary Clinton is what these movies are going to be about,” told Newsmax’s John Fund, guest host of the Friday edition of “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

 

“You’re going to hear about Monica Lewinsky, you’re going to hear about [Bill Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster] … who killed himself.

“These guys want to make a movie that people are going to want to watch . . . If it’s just a fluff piece on Hillary, nobody’s going to want to watch it. They’re going to want to tune in for the dirty details and the Republican Party should understand that.”

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RNC Votes Unanimously Backing Traditional Marriage.


The Republican National Committee voted unanimously Friday to reaffirm the party’s view that marriage should strictly be the union of one man and one woman, rebuffing its chairman’s call for the party to be more tolerant on social issues.

Less than a month ago, National Chairman Reince Priebus released a 98-page document that appraised his party’s political liabilities in an attempt to re-brand the party and attract voters following last November’s election setbacks.

However, the RNC’s resolved to uphold its stance on marriage, declaring that the union between a man and a woman is “the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

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The 168 RNC members, by casting their unanimous vote, shows the party faces further challenges as it looks for ways to broaden its voting base. While some Republicans agree with Priebus that the party needs to further acknowledge and attract minority groups and younger voters, others believe doing that will cause the GOP to abandon its core values.

The party’s base seems to agree with the RNC’s vote, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this past week. The poll showed that while 53 percent of Americans favor allowing same-sex marriages, only 27 percent of Republicans approve.

Supporters of the new RNC resolution say it was made to create the party’s clear line on marriage.

“At the very least we wanted to clarify the position of the party,” said A.J. Spiker, who chairs the Iowa Republican Party. “(We) can certainly be welcoming without compromising on marriage and the definition of marriage.”

Meanwhile, social-conservative group leaders, including Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins, wrote a letter to Priebus last week to voice their “great displeasure” with his assessment of the party, warning that the party will make a “huge historical mistake” by skirting “the issues which attract and energize them by the millions.”

Priebus and other GOP leaders, though, say they are trying to balance the party’s stance on traditional marriage while being more accepting of other views.

“What’s important is for people who disagree with this stance to know they’re welcome in the party,” said former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, who helped draft the RNC re-assessment report.

The RNC’s resolution also urges the Supreme Court to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, which limits the recognition of gay marriage, and California’s Proposition 8 legislation, which bans same-sex unions. Both issues remain under court review.

Priebus Friday rejected suggestions that he and others want the party to change its values.
“I’d never suggest we should waiver on our principles,” he said in a speech before the vote was taken. “But I also won’t tell anyone they can’t be a part of this party. If you’re willing to defend liberty and champion opportunity, then you should be a Republican.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

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