According to NYMag‘s “The Cut” ladyblog, the proposed Hillary-flicks have some pretty good names attached — “Courtney Hunt, writer and director of the gritty female perseverance drama ‘Frozen River’ “ for the NBC mini-series, “Oscar-winning ‘Inside Job’ director Charles Ferguson” for the CNN documentary. (Plus “girl coming-of-age experts: the Twilight Saga producers and James Ponsoldt, director of ‘The Spectacular Now'” for the proposed Rodham feature film. Hey, ticket sales are ticket sales.)
You have probably heard something about the GOP reaction already:
… Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, fired a warning shot to the major networks this morning in the form of open letters to NBC and CNN, warning them not to air planned shows — a miniseries and documentary, respectively — about Clinton. “If you have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14,” he wrote, alerting the world that the RNC has a meeting this month, “I will seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in the 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor.”…
Dave Weigel points out that this is not necessarily a bad/dumb move by Mister RNC PR BS:
… The Clinton hook is a little cute, and the RNC is already using it to raise money and build email lists, but I agree with the general idea that ideological candidate debates, put on by right-wingers, might be more interesting than the “MSM” debates. Ten questions from Fred Kagan or Ed Meese are more likely to burrow into the GOP’s philosophy than 10 questions from Handsome Cable Host of the Week. Indeed, though it was seen as a snoozer at the time, the think tank-sponsored debate of 2011 was the only one that got candidates on the record on drones and Patriot Act renewal.
Let’s not be Pollyannas, though. This is a popular campaign among Republicans not because they want harder questions but because they mistrust the press and think they let candidates be exploited for ratings in 2011–2012…
… also too, the Dems successfully used a (less blatantly stupid) version of this back in 2007, refusing to participate in a debate on Fox News even though Ailes had ‘partnered’ with the Congressional Black Caucus for cover.
Now NYMag brings news that “David Brock, founder of the liberal watchdog Media Matters For America” has decided to publicly View With Alarm:
… Aside from the networks’ reputations, Brock expresses concern that NBC’s miniseries and CNN’s documentary might portray Clinton in an unflattering light, if only to avoid the accusation that they’re campaign infomercials. As Politico notes, Brock is a longtime Clinton ally, and head the American Bridge super-PAC, which “recently launched an effort called ‘Correct the Record’ to protect Clinton and other Democrats from ‘Republican smears.’ ” Brock warns NBC Entertainment that, “a fictionalized caricature of Clinton may make for more dramatic appeal, but diversions from reality are likely to blow back on NBC News.” He also worries that the networks might be pressured into mentioning some “phony scandals” from the Clinton administration, and weirdly finds fault in CNN’s request that the RNC “reserve judgment” on its documentary. “This suggests that [Republicans] might, in fact, be pleased with it which is reason enough to suspend the project,” he writes.
Stop helping, Brock! Nothing that attracts the approbation of Politico will ever be a good thing.