DeSantis is already boycotting the NBC family.
Axios reported that TV networks had offered some sweet pitches to the RNC to host the Republican primaries.
Axios found out that CNN CEO Chris Licht told the RNC that the debates would air on TV and the Discovery channels, streaming services, and digital channels.
Licht even “offered to partner with a conservative-leaning outlet on the debates.” If CNN gets the debates, he would appoint a journalist from that outlet as a co-moderator.
The NBC News pitch sounds similar. The debate would air on NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, CNBC, streaming services, and digital channels.
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt would serve as moderator. Someone from CNBC or Telemundo would co-moderate.
However, Ron DeSantis said he would boycott any debates on NBC after Andrea Mitchell admitted she used “‘imprecise’ language in a question to Vice President Harris that implied DeSantis didn’t want slavery taught in schools.”
Mitchell asked: “What does Governor Ron DeSantis not know about black history and the black experience when he says that slavery and the aftermath of slavery should not be taught to Florida schoolchildren?”
But even in her statement, Mitchell took a shot at DeSantis: “But he has opposed the teaching of an African American studies curriculum as well as the use of some authors and source materials that historians and teachers say makes it all but impossible for students to understand the broader historic and political context behind slavery and its aftermath in the years since.”
Saying one was "imprecise," when what they said was a blatant lie, is not an apology.@MSNBC /@NBCNews should not be viewed as an objective media organization. Stop letting the corporate media be the gatekeepers of truth.https://t.co/rGj7uc8kEm
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) February 22, 2023
Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum would moderate the debate. Donald Trump hasn’t said yes or no to the first debate on Fox in August.
But Trump is still chummy with Sean Hannity.
I wonder if Trump would say yes if Hannity moderated the debate.
- ABC News has expressed interest in the New Hampshire primary debate, which it co-hosts every year with its New Hampshire affiliate WMUR, in addition to a possible fall debate.
- CBS News has indicated it would prefer to host a debate in 2024, when there presumably will be fewer candidates to wrangle on a stage.
- PBS submitted a bid to the RNC to host a debate, Nick Massella, a spokesperson for PBS NewsHour, confirmed to Axios.
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