RNC comment on CNN & NBC cancelling Hillary Clinton infomercials
RNC comment regarding CNN and NBC cancelling their respective Hillary Clinton infomercials:
“This was only the first step in the Republican Party taking control of our debate process. The purpose of our party’s debates is to better inform our grassroots and those participating in Republican primaries and caucuses. Now that CNN and NBC have canceled their Hillary Clinton infomercials, we will work on developing a new debate model that will address the timing, frequency, moderators and venues that will come in the next few months. Any media organization looking to be part of the debate process will have to comply with the new system.” – RNC spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski
CNN Films cancels Hillary Clinton doc, director cites pressure from Clinton aides (Excerpt)
September 30, 2013
CNN Films is canceling its highly anticipated documentary about Hillary Clinton after director Charles H. Ferguson backed away from the project on Monday, citing a lack of participants due to pressure from Clinton-world.
“Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton,” CNN Worldwide spokesperson Allison Gollust told POLITICO. “Charles is an Academy Award-winning director who CNN Films was excited to be working with, but we understand and respect his decision.”
“[W]e won’t seek other partners and are not proceeding with the film,” she wrote.
In a blog post on The Huffington Post, Ferguson said that pressure from Clinton aides and supporters, as well as the Republican National Committee, cast a chilling effect on potential sources and interview subjects.
Upon confirming the project, Ferguson and CNN also came under public pressure from the RNC, which voted to ban CNN from hosting or sponsoring Republican primary debates, and from Clinton supporters like Media Matters For America chief David Brock. (NBC Universal, which is currently at work on a fictional miniseries about Hillary Clinton, was also banned from debates by the RNC).