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RNC notifies NBC of cancelled February debate

Republican National Committee logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The Republican National Committee lowered the boom Friday and cancelled their February debate scheduled to be shown on NBC. The action is a direct result of the “debate” Wednesday night that was a dysfunctional debacle that left many shaking their heads in disappointment.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote to let NBC know of the decision:

Mr. Andrew Lack
Chairman, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112

Dear Mr. Lack,

I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary debate at the University of Houston on February 26, 2016. The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.

The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.
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NBC to Donald Trump: ‘You’re fired’

Donald Trump 16By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s Donald Trump’s right to spout off about people and organizations. It’s NBC and Univision’s right to sever business ties with him (see The Hill story here.

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Examination of the Brian Williams syndrome

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

The brouhaha over Brian Williams’ actual combat engagements in Iraq in 2003 has netted him a six-month suspension without pay from NBC’s news broadcasts. He’s trying to keep his night job hoping we’ll forget his need to deceive the public with misinformation.

That’s until he’s caught again with his prevaricating pants down. NBC management had been meeting to decide if a more lengthy suspension, a more sincere apology, or out-and-out dismissal was necessary. His actions reminded me of a typical politician. Williams’ attempt to embellish his war experiences has political veteran military personnel, particularly the infantry and artillery types, outraged. He also has his peers on full news attack mode over his actions.

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On eve of 9/11 anniversary, Americans feel less safe

9-11_RibbonBy Lynn R. Mitchell

On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attacks, Americans feel less safe in the wake of weak leadership, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that revealed:


47 percent feel less safe
26 feel more safe
26 feel about as safe

A year ago, 28 percent said America was less safe.

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