Washington: The Republican Party has warned several mainstream US news channels against airing programmes on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is seen as potential Democratic candidate for 2016 presidential polls.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus, in a letter to news networks CNN and NBC, threatened to withhold Republican presidential primary debates in 2016 if the networks don`t drop their plans to air programmes about Clinton, ahead of her likely candidacy for President`s post in 2016.
While NBC has announced plans to air a mini-series, CNN is producing a documentary.
If the productions are not cancelled prior to the start of the RNC`s Summer Meeting, according to a Republican statement, Priebus will seek a binding vote of the RNC to prevent the committee from partnering with these networks in 2016 primary debates, or sanctioning debates they sponsor.
"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.
The letters were sent to Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
"Their 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," he said.