Video: Andrea Mitchell, Robert Gibbs not looking forward to Hillary hagiography, either

posted at 10:01 am on August 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Great news — Reince Priebus’ attack on CNN and NBC over the broadcasters’ decisions to air Hillary Clinton films is gaining momentum … at NBC. Yesterday morning, Chuck Todd called it a “total nightmare” for their news division, and Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough described it as the network appearing to crawl up the anatomy of the Clinton organization.  Later in the day, Andrea Mitchell and former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs both called it a bad idea (via The Corner and Newsbusters):

ANDREA MITCHELL: I want to ask you about Reince Priebus, because you’ve been involved in debates, debate prep and debate negotiations. And here you’ve got the Republican chairman, I would say understandably miffed about these Hillary Clinton films, one a documentary and the other an entertainment film which is, you know, all about –

ROBERT GIBBS: A bad idea? A bad idea.

MITCHELL: A lot of news people would say, including NBC news people, including Chuck Todd and all the rest of us, a really bad idea given the timing.

Todd yesterday lamented that the project would obscure the “firewall” that exists between the entertainment and news divisions at NBC. (Does CNN have an “entertainment” division?) At Huffington Post, Jack Mirkinson writes that those supposed firewalls have long since vanished in favor of “corporate synergy,” and the evidence is on display every day … even Today, so to speak:

He called the “firewall” between news and entertainment that the network’s Chuck Todd had brought up earlier a “distinction without a difference.” Host Mika Brzezinski fought back, saying that viewers can easily tell the difference between news and entertainment.

The problem for Brzezinski is that her network is constantly telling viewers that the news side and the entertainment side are all part of one happy corporate family.

That may or may not be so, but it’s also an accepted part of the news industry that a network’s news division will plug upcoming projects that have been developed for its entertainment division. “Today,” for instance, is constantly interviewing stars of upcoming shows on NBC or Bravo or USA, or people from films made by Universal–all of whom reside in the same corporate warehouse.

The same goes for “Good Morning America,” which practically turns itself into an appendage of “Dancing With The Stars” when that show is on, or even for “CBS This Morning,” which always has time for one of that network’s stars.

Then there are the appearances by news anchors on late night shows or sitcoms or even, in Brian Williams’ case, “Saturday Night Live.” Even if there’s no huge ethical quandary, the clear signal is that everyone is employed by the same people, and is part of the same team.

In this case, perhaps the “really bad idea” of the miniseries is that it makes Mirkinson’s point exceedingly clear.


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Host Mika Brzezinski fought back, saying that viewers can easily tell the difference between news and entertainment.

For Team Obama and supporters, its a distinction without a difference. Tell you what, let them release The Looming Tower and see how team clinton and the left reacts.

rob verdi on August 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Ya think?

We don’t need them during the primaries.. pound sand lsm

cmsinaz on August 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Andrea doesn’t like being shutout of the editing process.

Flange on August 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

a really bad idea given the timing.

What, exactly, does this mean?

“Probably not a good idea to remind people of Hillary’s involvement in the Benghazi affair and all the other stuff as she starts to put her POTUS campaign together”

Is that about right?

BobMbx on August 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I honestly don’t see how they can make a mini series out of her life and show anything really positive. She has pretty much failed at everything she has tried. That only leaves lying to make her look good. Let’s face it, everything she has been associated with is screwed up from her husband and his cheating ways to Benghazi. How they going to show her Presidential run in 2008 in any positive way is beyond me. Maybe run with the she took one for the team angle? I just don’t see how they can makeup anything good about her life.

Plus she hasn’t been out in public much at all since her “medical incident”. and I don’t think she is going to run because of that as I suspect it was a stroke and not simple dehydration.

Johnnyreb on August 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

A bad idea given the timing?

At this point, what difference does it make?

Lily on August 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I hope they get the guy who played Frasier’s brother Niles to play Vince Foster./

kingsjester on August 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Obama’s boy Gibbs throwing Hillary under the bus just when her “return to fame” tour is gearing up!

Beware of flying (stolen) ashtrays with State Department logos.

JetBlast on August 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

See, even NBC can’t deny that the “miniseries” is nothing but an in-kind contribution and a cheerleading for their chosen candidate.

Red Cloud on August 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Does CNN have an “entertainment” division?

It’s called HBO, Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., and the CW Network. Different titles, same corporate parent.

Mitchell & Todd are worried about this because they want to be able to get their pro-Hillary shots in at the Republicans and not be called on it, which is what the Hillary love letter NBC plans will do. If Prebius had said Republicans would only do debates or talk to reporters from Fox, Andrea, Chuck and the others would be able to spin it as the GOP is afraid to face tough questioning, but they can’t do that with CBS, ABC and PBS still in the mix (Not that the Republicans should be doing a ton of debates if George Stephanopolous is going to be the moderator, but the option to isolate NBC and CNN and justify it by still talking to the other three liberal big media broadcast outlets is still there).

jon1979 on August 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I honestly don’t see how they can make a mini series out of her life and show anything really positive. She has pretty much failed at everything she has tried. That only leaves lying to make her look good.

Johnnyreb on August 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Think of it as an eight-hour Lifetime movie, except that instead of having the husband as the abusive male in the fragile heroine’s relationship, the Republican Party will be the ones portrayed as heaping most of the unfair pains onto innocent Hillary (yea, they can’t get past mentioning Monica for at least 15 seconds, but the movie will show Bill admitting to his failing and apologizing, while the Republicans wont. Let. It. Go. And she’ll be the one shown to have courageously and altruistically stood up for her husband and saved his career.

jon1979 on August 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

You can beef about how Reince has done some dumb things….but he nailed this one.

ChrisL on August 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Dang..
I was really looking forward to watching the phony scandal sniper fire episode..

Electrongod on August 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

A bad idea given the timing?

At this point, what difference does it make?

Lily on August 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Actually it really doesn’t. Just as soon as its aired, the same folks will have nothing but praise, admiration and glowing reviews.

hawkeye54 on August 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

True hawkeye

cmsinaz on August 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Yeah, whatever Mika, take off your top and make me a sandwich.

Oh, sorry, you are a “journalist”.

cat-scratch on August 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Video: Andrea Mitchell, Robert Gibbs not looking forward to Hillary hagiography, either

I guess it depends on who that hag is.

James on August 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Plus she hasn’t been out in public much at all since her “medical incident”. and I don’t think she is going to run because of that as I suspect it was a stroke and not simple dehydration.

Johnnyreb on August 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

My take is that she was stinking drunk and fell on her head.

NJ Red on August 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Since hagiography is such a long word, can we just say the Hilary hag?

VibrioCocci on August 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Another prediction coming to fruition. Everyone knew this would happen when politicians and Presidents started giving interviews on entertainment shows like The View, David Letterman and Leno, not to mention appearing on SNL. Starting with Clinton being asked if he prefers boxers or briefs. It’s a little too late to convince the public that there is a firewall between serious news and fluff.

You can say Fox is biased, but they have many hard core liberals that are Fox News Contributors, much like CNN used to have both viewpoints before Fox News.

Who needs moderators for debates asking stupid questions anyway. How about a real townhall or Lindoln-Douglas debate format. I would love to see the candidates answer questions they are not expecting.

lea on August 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

It looks like a few people got an advanced script and it does not appear to put the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a good light. Just look at all the major Arse kissing Obama supporters whining about it.

DDay on August 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

That may or may not be so …the clear signal is that everyone is employed by the same people, and is part of the same team.

May be? Signal? Should be: inescapable conclusion. Huffington Post is still trying to downplay the situation. They’re on the defensive and floundering. This is what happens when Republicans actually fight back, there are a million opportunities on any given issue. Including immigration, abortion, gun control and Nanny Sam (formerly Uncle).

But they don’t fight because they’re not actually conservative. This isn’t fundamentally an ideological issue, this is a party power issue. So they’re fighting. Not as effectively as they could, their muscles are a little atrophied. But they are fighting.

Fenris on August 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

The media realize they have been hoodwinked and bamboozled by Teh One, so it’s a little early to ask them to take a dive for a woman who has accomplished nothing except staying married to a womanizing ex-president.

PattyJ on August 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Host Mika Brzezinski fought back, saying that viewers can easily tell the difference between news and entertainment.

And putting Obama on Leno is a great example of that… Wait, what?

RadClown on August 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

This show of concern about the completely made-up “firewall” between news and entertainment at NBC by all the leftist jock sniffers featured in this post there has all the credibility of a carnival barker working the bearded fat lady tent.

When the Hillary! hagiography is released they’ll all dutifully swoon over it like the good little Democrat lapdogs they are, and the only story they’ll run with will be that it really was “hard-hitting” and “fair”, so Republican complaints about it were just another “gaffe” that “backfired”.

Gator Country on August 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

And putting Obama on Leno is a great example of that… Wait, what?

RadClown on August 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

To be fair, that statement does not imply that they have a news division at all.

Fenris on August 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Oh yeah, THEY have a “firewall,” but Fox doesn’t in their opinion

PJ Emeritus on August 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Well, I definitely concur with the “hag” part…

Del Dolemonte on August 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

It is much bigger than the entertainment and propaganda wings of these stations working together to further the Democrat Party.
Many big corporations and ‘charities’ work to further left wing idiology. Just today some Democrat hack from the IRS went to work for the American Cancer Society after harassing the Tea Party. Didn’t Dodd that woman abuser go head up the MPAA after he quit being a Senator?

Many organizations are all working together to help each other gain absolute power over us. Their main objective, divide everyone, destroy and slime those who stand in the way of Democrat power and grab more power.

GardenGnome on August 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Plus she hasn’t been out in public much at all since her “medical incident”. and I don’t think she is going to run because of that as I suspect it was a stroke and not simple dehydration.

Johnnyreb on August 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

My take is that she was stinking drunk and fell on her head.

NJ Red on August 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I’d say it was definitely the booze that led to the fall that knocked her cross-eyed.

Didn’t Billy take a similar fall a few years ago?

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM