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C-SPAN Barred From Covering RNC Candidate Meeting

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We have news of some activity at today's meeting of the Republican National Committee at the Capitol Hill Club, part of a continuing effort to determine who will be the next RNC chair. For reasons unknown at this time, a decision was made to impose a media blackout. A brief press release from John Cardarelli of C-SPAN, who were covering the event, gives word:

FYI: RNC voted to close today's discussion with the candidates vying to be their new chairman. No cameras allowed, so C-SPAN will not be able to cover.

According to a source from C-SPAN, word came in at approximately 11:10 A.M. that the cable network would be restricted from covering the meeting. With Congress in session, the move by the RNC did not result in any programming being cut off. It merely means that C-SPAN will not be able to air their coverage of the session later today, as planned.

Today's activity is described thusly by PRNewswire/USNewswire:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) today announced that a RNC Special Meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. All potential candidates for RNC Chairman, Co-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer have been invited to participate in a candidate forum, which will take place at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC. During the meeting, candidates for each office will have an opportunity to deliver remarks and answer questions from Members of the RNC.