WASHINGTON: The Republican National Committee (RNC) and conservative media critics vowed to continue their campaign against a new Ronald Reagan biography last week despite CBS' decision to air it on a sister cable network.
The Reagans, a mini-series examining the relationship between former president Reagan and his wife, Nancy, was originally scheduled to air on CBS November 16 and 18. But reports that it contained some controversial scenes, one of which made Reagan appear unsympathetic to AIDS sufferers, ignited a firestorm of criticism from friends of the couple and conservatives nationwide.
The RNC, alongside the Media Research Center and a handful of Republican members of Congress, launched a campaign in the media to pressure CBS either to pull or alter the show. The network acquiesced, announcing last Tuesday that The Reagans would instead air on its sister cable network, Showtime. The RNC, however, remains unsatisfied.
"We still don't feel that our concerns have been addressed," said Christine Iverson, a spokesperson for the RNC. "We are exploring our options and continue to collect names on an e-mail petition, and we have even discussed running some kind of an ad campaign."
CBS denied that its decision was tied to media pressure. "This decision is based solely on our reaction to seeing the final film, not the controversy that erupted around a draft of the script," read a network statement.