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Reince Priebus: Networks Skipping First Night Of GOP Convention Because Of Bias

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks to students and guests at the Harris
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks to students and guests at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago on November 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The visit was part of the 'Presidency 2012: The Purposes of Government' forum hosted by the university. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The head of the Republican National Committee accused the broadcast networks on Friday of being biased against his party for not airing more of the GOP convention.

The Romney campaign has already raised objections with NBC, CBS and ABC for not broadcasting from the convention on its first night on Monday. That's when Ann Romney was scheduled to speak, but the campaign is now likely to move her address to Tuesday, when the broadest possible audience will be watching. (It remains unclear why the campaign was so apparently blindsided by network plans which have been in the works for a very long time.)

The networks are airing the same number of hours -- three -- of the conventions for both parties. They also aired that same number of hours for both conventions in 2004 and 2000. Moreover, NBC is skipping one night of the Democratic convention in favor of football.

But Priebus told CNN he sees the hidden hand of favoritism in the decision to skip Monday's proceedings.

"I am pretty disappointed with the networks for not covering us on Monday, but we are getting good at dealing with the mainstream media," he said.

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