Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’s threat to not allow NBC or CNN to host Republican Presidential debates has hit a snag: the miniseries on Hillary Clinton that Preibus insists is a propaganda film is being produced by Fox. Therefore, if Priebus is to go through with his threat to boycott NBC and CNN if they air the Clinton series, he would, by the same logic, have to boycott the GOP’s favorite network, Fox News. That, for so many reasons, will not happen, so Priebus is now in the awkward position of trying to explain why NBC and CNN should be boycotted for their involvement with the miniseries, but Fox should not.
Priebus, discussing this issue on CNN, drew a line between making the series and airing the series:
"The big question for me, Candy, is number one, which company is putting it on the air?" he said. "Who is doing the work?"
That last sentence hurts Priebus’s case. Fox is in talks with NBC to do the work of this project, which has not even been created (but Priebus already knows it is a propaganda film). Joe Scarborough drew a parallel on his show Morning Joe to punishing an art dealer, but ignoring the artist.
“It’s like they’re painting it, and all we’re doing is going, ‘yeah, we’ll sell it.’”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski quoted Priebus as saying it was “ridiculous and stupid” to suggest that Fox would have any biasing effect on the movie.
"The RNC needs to understand that Fox is going to make the movie," Joe Scarborough said. "They're making it!"
“Fox is going to make money off this,” Scarborough added.
The problem with having ulterior motives to a plan—Priebus wants to de-glam Hillary’s aura as much as possible before mid-2015—is that your actual motives can conflict with your stated motives. Priebus probably doesn’t care, but for now he has a lot of squirming to do while people question the entire decision to boycott the debates.