After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it’s worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped altogether. Conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety of attendees, they have argued. Ultimately, the decision on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.
As lawmakers retreat from scrutiny, TV hosts are taking unusual steps to hold them accountable. News anchors are increasingly focusing not on who’s on their shows, but who’s not: Republican lawmakers answering questions about President Trump’s efforts to cajole foreign governments into digging up dirt on his political opponents.
Fox News will host its third Republican presidential primary debate on Thursday, March 3 from Detroit. The 2-hour debate will air live at 9 p.m. ET. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace will return as moderators.
CNN is replacing NBC News as the host of the Republican National Committee’s Super Tuesday debate in February. “The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation in our February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Houston at a location to be decided,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday.
The fourth GOP debate — and first since a CNBC session left candidates grumbling about the journalists asking questions —- takes place Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, FBN’s Neil Cavuto and The Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker will guide the two-hour discussion starting at 9 p.m. ET. It’s also an opportunity for the relatively little-noticed business cable network, which will try to push its coverage in front of as many viewers as possible.
The nation’s big TV-news outlets are likely to push back against many demands by the Republican National Committee to change the nature of the big televised debates among the party’s candidates for president.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent an open letter to NBC News chairman Andrew Lack today declaring that they are “suspending the partnership” because the CNBC debate had been conducted “in bad faith.”
NBC began to circle the wagons on its Hillary Clinton miniseries Friday, hours after the Republican National Committee blocked the network from GOP primary debates, calling the miniseries a Clinton promo. “The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement.
The Republican National Committee today voted to ban CNN and NBC from hosting Republican presidential primary debates in 2016 in retaliation for their plans to air Hillary Clinton related programs.
As the Republican National Convention kicked off Tuesday, Morality in Media is crowing over convincing the GOP to adopt platform language calling for a crackdown on pornography. Although the official text of the platform hasn’t been released, Morality in Media says that the previous platform only targeted child pornography but will now read, “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”