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  •  Not only that (8+ / 0-)

    if they piss off the major networks enough, and refuse to allow them to moderate, they will then have absolutely no reason to play nice with the GOP AT ALL.

    Why? They don't get any of the perks. They don't get to ask questions, they don't get to hold debates, they don't get anything. Why be nice?

    Could make for a really interesting election year.

    And it WILL rub off to other GOP candidates, make no mistake.

    •  Each $ Repubs spend repurchasing MSM deference is (2+ / 0-)
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      DEMonrat ankle biter, Janet 707

      a dollar that they don't have to spend in more harmful ways.

    •  Unfortunately, I htink they still have to air (1+ / 0-)
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      micsimov

      their campaign ads.  If they air ANY campaign ads, that is.  But just imagine if they could boycott THOSE...  I bet Rinso wouldn't be so quixotic and cavalier with his 'tude if they had that kind of leverage.

      I just hope NBC and CNN have the chutzpah to call their bluff.  The RNC should not be allowed to dictate programming to major news networks (except, of course, Faux News, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the RNC anyway).

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 11:01:01 AM PDT

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      •  And why not? (0+ / 0-)

        Why not refuse to take a lot of their ads? They can certainly come up with some reason.

        That would really tick the RNC off.

        •  There could be a legal reason. (1+ / 0-)
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          mmacdDE

          Broadcasters are required to make ad time available to political campaigns, and it used to be that they had to sell them at their lowest rate for any time slot (it may still be that way).  The key word here, though, is campaign.  Ad buys by PACs or other 3rd parties don't get the same consideration, and they may be able to refuse them.  It's not like they would, mind you, because those ads can be sold for whatever the market will bear.  But if they wanted to refuse to air one, they could probably just say it "failed to meet network standards", though it would have to be a credible claim.  And heaven forfend that they should fact check any of them, which would probably eliminate at least 80% upon cursory examination, and most of the rest if there was any serious investigation into them.  But it would be an interesting turn of the worm if they did it.  Like Citizens United turned on its head.  And all those SuperPACs with all that money and nowhere to spend it.  It's a delightful dream...

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 12:01:23 PM PDT

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