RUSH: There's an interesting thing that has been noticed, and I think it was noticed by NewsBusters, our buddies at NewsBusters. NBC announces this big Hillary Clinton miniseries, and the next thing that happens is the chairman of the Republican national committee, Reince Priebus says (paraphrasing), "You know, if you guys do this, to hell with you. We're not going to show up at any debates you moderate." And I said, "Well, that's a start. But why don't you send a letter and say: 'We're not going to show up at any debates you moderate, period.'"
Seriously, a brief aside, what business do Republicans, particularly in primary debates, what business do they have going on what are now undeniable left-wing agenda news networks? The presumption used to be that the mainstream media was objective and you had to go through them to get to the White House. But that's not what it is any more. These people are part of the Democrat Party agenda. CNN, MSNBC, NBC, wherever you go outside of Fox, you are going up against the Democrat Party with people disguised as journalists. Why do it, particularly primaries?
You know this whole War on Women thing, remember how that got started. Just to remind you again. It was in January of last year and it was a Republican debate, ABC was doing it. Stephanopoulos was moderating it and out of the blue he starts asking Romney about contraception. Contraception wasn't an issue. He's asking Romney if there ought to be contraception, if he would agree that there should be mandated contraception or not, states should do it. And Romney didn't know what the hell to say. It wasn't an issue, and nobody was talking about it, ever. And all they had to do was have Romney say -- just answer the question "yes" or "no" and they had their built-in War on Women.
Now, I'm convinced that Stephanopoulos was working with the Obama campaign to do that. There was coordination. I don't have any doubt about it. There would be coordination today in 2014. There's going to be coordination in 2016, the primaries. Why show up and do debates on those networks? Do them on your own network! Put together your own debates with your own moderators, whoever you want, and focus on real Republican issues in these debates rather than whether they're going to do a Hillary Clinton miniseries or not. That's just my brief aside. In this current modern age, there's no reason anymore to treat these mainstream media people as mainstream objective and non-aligned reporters. They are aligned. They are aligned with the Democrat Party. Their objective is the defeat of whoever the Republican nominee is. And so their purpose is to discredit and impugn all of them.
So by the time you have, what, 20 debates, 10 debates, however many Republican primary debates that you do, by the time you finish all of them, every one of those Republican candidates is going to have been savaged, laughed at, discredited, made fun of, whatever, by whatever network is hosting these things. It makes literally, just in an intelligence sense; it makes no sense to do it. Put together your own debates on your own networks. Get your own moderators, whoever. And no, this is not a push. I don't even want to do it, folks. I don't like interviewing people. This is not at all a push for me to be involved. I have no desire to do it. I'm just talking about being smart.
Anyway, NBC announces along with CNN this giant Hillary miniseries, and Reince says, "Well, if you do that, we're not going show up at any of your debates," and not long after that, a bunch of NBC people start criticizing the Hillary miniseries. Andrea Mitchell (NBC News-Washington). F. Chuck Todd. There were a slew of them. Three or four prominent NBC News people started criticizing the Hillary miniseries.
Now, I did not think, and I do not think, that that's a coincidence. I think that they're trying to kill it. What F. Chuck Todd says is (paraphrased), "You know, we can't win! If they do the Hillary miniseries, we're either going to be perceived here at the NBC News or at NBC as in the tank for Hillary -- or, if it goes the other way, we're going to be criticized for not being in the tank for Hillary. We'd rather not have the pressure."
But there was also a presumption that the Clintons don't want a miniseries on Hillary, because they don't think they need it. As far as the Clintons and the Democrats are concerned, Hillary is a lock. The 2016 nomination is hers. She doesn't need an image-building miniseries. So by the time you add the Clintons not being desirous of it and NBC News people not wanting it, maybe you can kill it.
Because obviously it started out as a bad idea and they have to kill it and make it look like it's being killed for really, really qualified and classy reasons. I wouldn't be surprised if NBC doesn't do it. It's really not a coincidence that all of these people signed up on this. In fact, the NewsBusters story, "MSNBCer's Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and Robert Gibbs within hours of each other Thursday came down strongly against NBC's planned miniseries about Hillary Clinton.
"Why do you think that would be? The Hollywood Reporter gave us a clue Wednesday: 'With NBC planning to create a Hillary Clinton miniseries and CNN poised to weigh in with a documentary, Hollywood might have brought about that rarest of phenomena: bipartisan agreement.'" Reince Priebus doesn't want it.
"'Longtime Clinton friend and producer Harry Thomason, cautioning that he never has discussed the matter with Bill or Hillary Clinton...'" But it was revealed in the Hollywood Reporter that "'some Clinton associates are just as wary and also would be happy if both projects fell by the wayside,'" because frankly, as I say, they don't think they need it. It's a weird way things work, but I don't think that's a coincidence at all.