To rein in the media from using the Republican presidential primary debates to undermine the party, the Republican candidates. The disrespect shown in the questions -- "Coke or Pepsi?" -- led to the party to pick and choose its networks (sorry MSNBC) and its news partners.
NBC News tried that 2008/2012 crap at the CNBC debate and wound up losing the multi-million-dollar final debate. CNN will get it.
The National Review decided to kneecap the Republican front-runner (Donald Trump) and the RNC said goodbye to you for the final debate.
"Tonight, a top official with the RNC called me to say that National Review was being disinvited. The reason: Our 'Against Trump' editorial and symposium. We expected this was coming. Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald," National Review Publisher Jack Fowler said late Thursday night.
Except the Washington Post decided to stir things up. Its Erik Wemple wrote: "The RNC has lost its mind on GOP debates," which is more of that Republicans-are-crazy crap that causes Republicans to distance themselves from organizations such as the Washington Post.
He wrote: "Well, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has now decided that National Review is no longer qualified to referee an officially sanctioned GOP debate. Its offense? Leveraging the First Amendment."
Has he ever read the First Amendment? Because if he did, he would know how crazy it is to drag this constitutional passage into the argument. In case he missed it, the amendment reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.The amendment controls the actions of Congress, not the public. The American people and their institutions are under no obligation to politely endure insult.
For years, Republicans have indulged assholes. No more. GOOD.