How Hillary pulls the strings at NBC
Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters exposes the way Team Hillary is manipulating the NBC networks over the planned miniseries on her life. The planned offer of fealty turned into a disaster when Reince Priebus and the GOP stood up, cried foul and threw NBC out of contention to host 2016 presidential debates, along with CNN which planned a documentary. Officially put on notice that it is regarded as biased, N BC would have been under pressure to show at least a few warts on the career of Hillary, studded as it is with incidents best forgotten from Mrs. Clinton's perspective.
On August 8, I speculated that the Clintons might have been responsible for three different NBC employees within a few hours of each other speaking out against the network's planned miniseries about Hillary.
On Wednesday, the Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources at NBC News claiming that fear of the Clintons might be playing a role in that network's apparent cold-feet regarding the project:
[S]ources at NBC News say that it was not simply Republican ire that set the news division on edge. Rather, it was the specter of retaliation from the former first lady and secretary of state, who very well could be a leading 2016 presidential candidate. The Clintons' penchant for grudges is legendary. And Hillary in 2008 threatened to boycott an MSNBC-sponsored debate over former anchor David Shuster's comment that Chelsea Clinton had been "pimped out" for her mother's campaign. Any scripted Clinton project almost certainly would include content objectionable to Bill and Hillary. "The Clintons are the ones to worry about," says an NBC source. "Who needs those headaches?"
The puppet strings are showing, as Clinton allies at NBC step up:
For those that have forgotten, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and Robert Gibbs within hours of each other spoke out against this project on August 7.
Independent TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall marvelously observed to THR, "It's a bit rich for Todd and Mitchell to cry foul now about their journalistic purity being contaminated by commercial and ideological considerations. As if the MSNBC lineup where Todd and Mitchell ply their trade every day is not shared with activist ideologues such as Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz."
The Clinton Machine is a marvel to behold. Stay tuned for the project to die with no Clinton fingerprints on it.