Republican National Committee Passes Resolution To Boycott CNN and NBC Over Clinton Coverage (Update)

Update: Fox Television Studios said it is canceling negotiations to produce an NBC biopic about Hillary Clinton hours after the RNC voted to ban NBC and CNN from hosting its 2016 primary debates in protest of the allegedly biased coverage. And we were so excited to see Diane Lane play Hillary.

The Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution Friday that will prevent NBC and CNN from hosting Republican primary debates unless the networks agree to cancel their projects about Hillary Clinton. NBC is currently planning to air a miniseries on the former Secretary of State; CNN is working on a documentary film.

The resolution is non-binding and is part of the RNC's effort to reform the primary debate process. The GOP is aiming to have fewer primary debates in 2016, because party leaders believe having 20 debates hurt their party and Mitt Romney. Both the rigor of having so many debates and the opportunity it gave Romney to make a series of gaffes were damaging during the presidential election against President Obama.

The anticipated CNN and NBC Hillary coverage turned out to be the high-profile impetus needed for party leaders to overlook the wishes of Republican state parties who often earn significant revenue from co-hosting the debates and associated events.

Here's the full resolution, as drafted by a private subcommittee of the RNC Rules committee.

The process of creating specific rules is expected to take several months, which may include harsh penalties for candidates that participate in unauthorized debates. Fun!