Right and left of US politics join forces to oppose Hillary Clinton films

Critics condemn both NBC and CNN for the TV networks’ planned programming about the former Secretary of State

The right and left of American politics may agree on very little, but this week they are united on at least one issue: films about Hillary Clinton.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the founder of the progressive media watchdog, Media Matters for America, have both condemned NBC and CNN for the TV networks’ planned Clinton programming.

Last week, CNN announced it would produce a documentary about the former Secretary of State, directed by Charles H Ferguson, who also made the acclaimed 2010 film about the financial crisis, Inside Job. NBC recently unveiled plans for a dramatic mini-series, starring Diane Lane as Ms Clinton. Both projects presumably anticipate a Hillary bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

On Monday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus wrote to the heads of both news networks, describing their small-screen projects as “thinly veiled [attempts] at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election” and threatening to deny NBC and CNN the right to moderate or sponsor any of his own party’s primary debates during the race, unless they scrapped the films.

In a statement, Mr Priebus said: “It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives.” A day later, he was joined in his criticism of the projects by an unlikely ally: David Brock, founder of Media Matters and a Clinton supporter. Mr Brock, too, wrote to NBC and CNN, arguing that since the mini-series and documentary might coincide with Ms Clinton’s mooted presidential campaign, “the timing raises too many questions about fairness and conflicts of interest”.

Mr Priebus said the projects may offer an unwarranted profile boost to a Democrat candidate, Mr Brock is driven partly by the fear that the films will actually be critical of Ms Clinton.

Responding to Mr Priebus’s letter, CNN said: “Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgement until they know more.”

NBC said the mini-series was unconnected to its news operation.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
people
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Life and Style
Audrey Hepburn with Hubert De Givenchy, whose well-cut black tuxedo is a 'timeless look'
fashionIt may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Life and Style
fashionFrom bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine