Byron York seems to think they did it more to cut down on the damaging amount of debates like last time. Can't give the hopefuls too much airtime to shoot themselves in the foot.
Republican leaders voted Friday to centralize party control over presidential primary debates in the name of punishing two networks that are producing major films about Hillary Clinton.
The non-binding resolution, obtained by TIME and published in full at bottom, fulfills a Republican National Committee threat to boycott NBC and CNN as primary debate sponsors if the networks move forward with their plans to air the films about the 2016 Democratic front-runner.
Republicans argue in the resolution that the projects, which have yet to be actually produced, “are an attempt to show political favoritism and put a thumb on the scales for the next presidential election.”
“Airing this programming will jeopardize will the credibility of CNN and NBC as supposedly unbiased news networks and undermine the perceived objectivity of the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by these networks,” the resolution, formally titled “A resolution in support of media objectivity and accountability.” states. The measure passed unanimously by voice vote.