Monday has not been a good day for filmmakers working on Hillary Clinton biographies.
Early in the day, CNN announced it halted a project about the former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate. Charles Ferguson, slated to direct the documentary, explained those closest to Clinton refused to be interviewed for the project.
Just hours later, another network planning a Clinton-based miniseries declared that project dead, too. NBC, which had previously touted the vehicle starring Diane Lane as Clinton, issued a statement indicating a change in direction.
Though the Peacock Network volunteered less information concerning the reason behind the cancellation, spokesperson Richard Licata indicated “reviewing and prioritizing” current projects led to the decision “that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries.”
Both networks faced significant criticism from Republicans, who believed the projects would consist of thinly veiled campaign messages for the Democrat party’s expected presidential front-runner. The backlash included calls to boycott both networks, including a Republican National Committee vote that would bar CNN and NBC from hosting any of the GOP’s 2016 presidential primary debates.
In light of Monday’s announcements, both networks are once again in the running to broadcast those viewer-grabbing dialogues.
Republican opprobrium was not directly linked to NBC’s decision to scrap the miniseries, though Ferguson admitted “neither political party” wanted to see his project completed.
Perhaps, as with the CNN film, Clinton flacks were responsible for putting the kibosh on NBC’s planned biopic. While Republicans were confident the network would only air a glowing historical rewrite, erasing or excusing her role in countless scandals over the past several decades, Clinton is notoriously hostile toward any perceived criticism.
At this point, however, any attempt to read further into the decision is merely speculative. The integral point, from a conservative perspective, is that the struggling NBC network will not be airing a multi-night campaign ad for the Clinton campaign under the guise of providing an entertaining miniseries.
As for any other factors leading to the decision, one might be inclined to quote Hillary Clinton herself and ask, “What difference does it make?”
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