The RNC might skip out on the Network TV debates for the presidential election if the system is not dramatically overhauled for the next election cycle.
From The Daily Wire:
“We don’t need to count on just the networks,” Bossie told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show, Politico reported. “There are so many opportunities out there, so many platforms out there that we can go to and partner with to get the message out.”
Bossie said some debate moderators spend more time grandstanding than digging down on issues important to voters.
“They’re asking questions really not to impact primary Republican voters, but to have ‘gotcha’ questions and answers for the general election debate, because they all want to see their question and answer played during the general election,” said the president of Citizens United, which says in its website “dedicated to restoring our government to citizens’ control.
“We have to not allow bad actors to infiltrate our debate process.”
The presidential debates have become highly controversial in recent elections, in 2016 we saw Donna Brazile hand questions over the Clinton campaign and in 2020 may think there was clear favoritism on display.
This is an excellent time for the RNC to consider this, the next presidential election is not for another 3 years and new technology means that the debate could really be done in house. With new streaming platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and others it would not be hard for the RNC to cobble together a team to hold their own debates. As for the general election, an independent 3rd party might see this as an opportunity and commit to running the event on these new platforms.
Unfortunately this may be a sort of out of the pot into the fire situation, from the Mainstream Media into the jaws of Big Tech. Only time will tell how things shake out, but its important to be carful as to how this gets done if the RNC wants to avoid having more issues like they did in 2016 and 2020.