The Republican National Committee officially cut ties with NBC for the next Republican debate, scheduled for February 26.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus published a letter in October to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack condemning the way sister network CNBC handled the third presidential debate.
“The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns,” Priebus wrote in the letter.
“The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith. We understand that NBC does not exercise full editorial control over CNBC’s journalistic approach. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”
Priebus said that CNBC did not “host a substantive debate on consequential issues important to Americans,” and rather designed their line of questioning to “embarrass” the candidates — engaging in “gotcha” questions.
The February 26 debate will instead be hosted by CNN and will take place a day earlier, on February 25.