State Republican Chairman Matt Moore says that TV networks CNN and NBC will not be welcome to participate in presidential primary debates in the Palmetto State unless they stop creating long-form productions about the life of recent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, also a former first lady and U.S. senator, is considered a top Democratic contender for president in 2016. The NBC network is planning a four-hour miniseries on the life of the former first lady starring Diane Lane, while CNN’s film division is working on a feature-length documentary.
Moore joined national party chairman Reince Priebus in calling the productions “unacceptable.”
“Such political favoritism has no place in American journalism,” Moore said on the state party blog.
The SC GOP has some leverage: South Carolina hosts the South’s first GOP presidential primary and is the site of a few high-profile debates each campaign season. The campaign pre-season has begun, with potential candidates making appearances in September and December.