CNN, NBC move forward on Hillary Clinton projects
August 5th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN, NBC move forward on Hillary Clinton projects

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened Monday to try and prevent CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless both networks agreed to cancel forthcoming television specials about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

CNN and NBC, in separate statements, said they would move forward with the projects.

CNN's film unit has ordered a documentary about Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state earlier this year after representing New York in the U.S. Senate and as first lady in the White House. The documentary is scheduled to air in 2014.

The statement from CNN said:

"CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more. Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters."

NBC has announced plans to run a miniseries with Diane Lane playing the role of the former first lady. The statement from NBC News said:

"NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project."

Priebus made the demands in separate letters to Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, and Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. In the letters, which were released to the public at around the same time they were sent to each network, the RNC chairman claimed these individual programs were an effort to "promote" Clinton in anticipation of a possible run for president. While supporters are taking steps to try and build an infrastructure should Clinton decide to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, she has not indicated whether she will run again.

"Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing," Priebus wrote. "I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment. If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC's Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor."

In the 2012 GOP presidential primary election, CNN hosted seven of the 20 presidential debates, which were broadly viewed as helping lesser known candidates compete with better know, well-funded rivals. President Barack Obama did not face a primary challenge last year.

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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. ShawnDH

    Revolution whined: "Hillary is a joke. Completely worthless. Sheep love her tho...for some reason?!"
    _______________

    Okay, great. Have fun voting for whatever wacko lunatic extremist Republicans choose to lose against Hillary.

    August 6, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. jinx9to88

    Love to read the blogs on here of all the crying GOP babies. Run a stronger candidate then you wont have to worry. Dont blame CNN and NBC for the crap the GOP calls possible candidates. Everyone knows that the Dems still have an uphill battle since they occupied the White House for the 2 terms. The public usually likes to switch out between the parties.

    August 6, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Only a Republican would be so arrogantly narcissistic to demand something like that from the media. Only a Republican.

    August 6, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. El Flaco

    I see no reason for any network to broadcast the Republican Convention.

    August 6, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. armymom7961

    THANK YOU CNN & MSNBC for not being cowed and threatened! leave the wingnuts to faux propaganda machine. What ever happened to freedom of speech and freedom of the press? oh I guess those rights only apply when the right-wing wants them to apply just like all of our other rights. Hillary must really scare them for them to go into such hissey fits over. LOL

    August 6, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Reince's Teatrollic verbal droppings are typically ridiculous, petulant, and unbecoming of someone in a leadership position.
    Take your freakin' ball Rinse and get to steppin'!
    Do you not know that you would be doing America a GREAT service if you followed through on your impotent threat and actually managed to keep these clown that your Party insists on calling candidates OFF THE AIR, thereby limiting the amount of people they can reach with their venom?
    ...As if you had the pull within your ranks to pull it off, which you don't.

    August 6, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    Put your big boy panties on and cry to FOX, don't worry GOP, they've got your back!!! Fox bashes President Obama 24/7, but that's ok.

    The republikkkan party showing the world EXACTLY what they stand for since 2008.

    ROFLMBAO!!

    August 6, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. George

    Poor RNC. They should just get on the phone to their propaganda machine FOX News and have them do a competing piece. That is a "free market" right?

    August 6, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Good for CNN & NBC for standing in principle and not caving to a bunch of crybabies who have done nothing but trash the woman for 20 years! If they had caved they would have done a lot more damage to themselves viewershipwise than good. Hey, maybe the wingnuts will boycott the networks altogether and we'll no longer be subject to the pearls of wisdom spouted by a handful of mouthbreathers who get paid a few bucks a day to troll the CNN message boards!

    August 6, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. bman

    Hillary would mean the defeat of the democratic party in 2016. The republicans should be good with her as a target.

    August 6, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. Dar

    You NUTS that are still asking question about Benghazi please vote for the republican cause if you are still talking about Benghazi that s the group you belong with. Hillary 2016 !!!!

    August 6, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. keven

    hahahahahahaha ! TOO FUNNY !
    RNC is scared of something that hasn't even happened yet!
    And anything on TV is going to bring up Bill's affair(s).
    Bman your dead wrong. If the hse runs, she wins, hands down. Only Republican that would have a chance is Christie.
    RNC is taking this party of NO thing a bit too far

    August 6, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gosh, you'd think CNN had caught on to the fact that the Party of stupid, vitriol, greed, and self-serving has lost it's hold and charm on Americans.
    Indeed you'd think they actually paid attention to the loooooooong lines of middle and lower clas Americans during the last general election determined to make their voices heard and stand up for whom THEY believed in, and still do.
    You'd think that the top 1% of the 1%ers had lost their grip on the MSM thereby allowing actual freedom of the press and possibly the truth to flourish and disseminate.
    You'd think that....then you read what passes for journalistic stories on this very site and you'd have to reconsider.

    August 6, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Dar

    Oh yeah Hilary would be the defeat of the Democratic Party just like that no birth place , foreign president Obama was the defeat of the Democratic Party in 2012 when Romney won the election. Oh I forgot Obama WON. Fools!!!!!

    August 6, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Robert

    We have had enough liberal BS. The time for action is now.

    August 6, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    jinx9to88

    Why dont Fox run a documentary about Cruz or Paul? Thats right their lives are a joke!!! LMAO
    -------------------------------------------------
    ROFLMAO!!!
    What's good for the goose right?!

    August 6, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Mike

    Hillary should be a lock for President no matter what. The WH is for sale, Obama proved that twice by amassing more campaign money than anyone in history. The Clinton's are very well supported by the industries Bill helped and money from the mid east. Hillary will break even Obama's records for campaign funds. She is also almost as good at making the middle class and poor believe that she will represent them.

    August 6, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Gosh, you'd think CNN had caught on to the fact that the Party of stupid, vitriol, greed, and self-serving has lost it's hold and charm on Americans.
    Indeed you'd think they actually paid attention to the loooooooong lines of middle and lower clas Americans during the last general election determined to make their voices heard and stand up for whom THEY believed in, and still do.
    You'd think that the top 1% of the 1%ers had lost their grip on the MSM thereby allowing actual freedom of the press and possibly the truth to flourish and disseminate.
    You'd think that....then you read what passes for journalistic stories on this very site and you'd have to reconsider.

    Great post, Dominican mama. GREAT. POST. To say more would take away from (not add) to the truth of all you wrote. Bravo.

    August 6, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. chris

    I'm sure MS Liberal BC Propaganda machine will live out Hillary Saying What Difference Does It Make Four People are Dead

    August 6, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Arun

    Of course Reince has no problem with Fox campaigning on the repubes behalf!!

    August 6, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. xirume

    The GOP needs to change it's moniker to FPA (Fascist Party of America).

    August 6, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Wake up People!

    It's a shame that a woman who hasn't even announced she is running is scaring the living hell out of so many whiny little boys.

    @Dominican Mama.
    I concur with your comments!!

    August 6, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. mogran

    Oh brother, just what we need...another Clinton run for the presidency...don't think we're ready for her...she looked the other way about Monica....sure I want her for the highest job in the land. I would think they'd have a better candidate to run than a tired Clinton

    August 6, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. mogran

    No thank you Hilary! Next

    August 6, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Pritch

    Such tolerant and accepting comments by the always toerant left here. It makes me chuckle to read the ignorant rantings of liberals on this entertainment site. Finally the GOP has struck a nerve with the sheeple that follow the left. Take away the media bias and the left is in deep trouble. If CNN was unbiased, how come they have never run a single story like what they are planning for Hillary, for a Repiblican? I expect the simpletons that comment here to say something like not 1 single conservative is worthy, and that will absolutely confirm my point about liberals, tolerant, i think not. But absolute non thinkers.

    August 6, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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