Two days after a report emerged that Fox Television studios may produce NBC's Hillary Clinton miniseries, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus dismissed the connection as "totally ridiculous and stupid."
In an interview with CNN's "State Of The Union," host Candy Crowley asked Priebus if ties between Fox Television Studios and Fox News would subject the news network to the same debate boycott threat levied last Monday against CNN and NBC.
Priebus clarified his threat was pointed at "the company that puts the miniseries and the documentaries on the air for the American people to view."
“I don’t know the truth of anything you’re talking about,” Priebus said regarding the Fox links. “But I do know what’s very clear is that the company that puts these things on the air to promote Hillary Clinton, including CNN, is the company that is not going to be involved in our debates.”
Crowley is not the first CNN host to confront Priebus over the debate boycott issue. On Wednesday, Erin Burnett revived comments made by Fox News chief Roger Ailes during the 2008 presidential race, where he was critical of Democrats boycotting his network.
"Any candidate for high office of either party who believes he can blacklist any news organization is making a terrible mistake about journalists," Ailes said. "And any candidate of either party who cannot answer direct, simple, even tough questions from any journalist, runs a real risk of losing the voters."