Sources: NBC worried about retaliation from Clintons over Hillary miniseries

posted at 4:01 pm on August 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Newsbusters. C’mon: You didn’t really think they were intimidated by the RNC, did you?

Although the Clinton project underscores the conflict between the networks’ news and entertainment divisions, the public statements by Todd and Mitchell, who both appear on NBC and MSNBC, expose the divide between NBC News and the liberal-leaning cable network.

“It’s a bit rich for [Chuck] Todd and [Andrea] Mitchell to cry foul now about their journalistic purity being contaminated by commercial and ideological considerations,” says independent TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall. “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.”

To that end, sources 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?”

So NBC thinks Hillary will soon be President Hillary and that President Hillary and her cabinet won’t be quite as eager to talk with Brian Williams as she will the other network anchors. That’s the only scenario I can imagine where they’d have reason to worry about a Clintonian grudge. Note the standard here, though: Evidently any “content objectionable” to Billary, no matter how effusive the rest of it is about America’s need for a Strong Woman, is a risk in NBC’s hivemind of alienating the next White House. Are the Clintons really that sensitive, or is it more the case that — as I explained before — there’s really no such thing as a drama about Hillary that focuses more on highlights than on her perseverance through lowlights? And the source of most of those lowlights is, of course, the guy whom she’s counting on to be one of her chief weapons on the trail in 2016. “[W]hat exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband?” said Camille Paglia to Salon today. No matter how well Hillary comes off in the miniseries, her chief dramatic nemesis necessarily must be Bill, which makes for a … complicated campaign commercial for a second Clinton administration.

Riddle me this, though. Precisely how much Clinton ass does NBC have to kiss before they get to stop worrying about being cut off? There are big Democratic donors at Comcast who’ll doubtless kick in for her presidential bid; the news division hired Chelsea as a special correspondent even though she seems to have zero talent for “journalism” or whatever it is she was doing there; their cable news division is a motley crew of liberal hacks who’ll happily go face first into the tank for her once she’s the Democratic nominee, if not sooner. They’ve done, and will continue to do, yeoman’s work in promoting the Clintons and now they’re in a panic that a miniseries that’s only mostly incredibly flattering to her might destroy all of that goodwill? Good lord.


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What a bunch of fools.

Pravda has more credibility today.

Read this, NBC morons.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Hillary shit will taste as bad as obama shit, not Beluga, incredible morons in the media.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Did the Clintons really think that NBC’s hagiography might actually include some of the many Clinton scandals? Where’d they get that silly notion?

slickwillie2001 on August 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Hillary has blood on her hands in Libya, Syria, Egypt, with way more to come.

Wake up fools of the world. She is as culpable as obama in the ‘Arab Spring’ and owns it fully.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Riddle me this, though. Precisely how much Clinton ass does NBC have to kiss before they get to stop worrying about being cut off?

In the case of Hillary, a lardass full.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

So much for journalistic courage/integrity. Wouldn’t want to incur bubba’s wrath. I think the folks at NBC have better conservative fish to fry. It’s much better to smear W. knowing he will quietly stay in the background and be respectful of the Office.

jaywemm on August 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

That picture does humanity a disservice. Those two were Never that beautiful, never, not inside, nor out.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

NBC wouldn’t showcase that she is a cuckold and has had a stroke.

docflash on August 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I thought all liberals believed in “fairness?”

mrscullen on August 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Brian Williams will doubtfully wet himself in the limo for Hillary like he did with his ride with the boy king.

Hillary, or kankles (as I like to call her) will not be treated like a princess by the LSM. And Bill will be on the warpath, when he’s not shoving cigars into chubbly little girls dainty parts.

It should make for some very uneasy yet highly entertaining viewing though…

patman77 on August 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Yeah,…..sure.
.
They are all birds of the same bird shiite.

FlaMurph on August 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Why even bother with an election? It’s clear they’re ready to just crown the next Democrat-in-waiting. After all, she’d make history, just like Barack, and we all know that trumps stuff like experience and qualifications anyway.

changer1701 on August 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Did you means second Clinton administration or second Soros administration?

Viator on August 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

This is quite comic, really, and highlights how little backbone and credibility resides among the Left.

Let them shill for Shrill, then. Let the liberal media fall over each other to kiss that Clinton ass. The rest of us can sit back and munch our popcorn as jokers like Tingles and all the others make fools of themselves, especially when they, too, get thrown under the bus for political expediency.

Liam on August 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Nice pic…o.k., HotAirians, time for a Caption Contest!!

Killary-I wonder what Huma’s rubbing doing this evening…..

Billary-I wonder if one of my Fat Cubans would fit in that young gal we met in the elevator coming up to our floor……

ToddPA on August 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Path to 9/11, Part Deux: Benghazi Bugaloo

ABC can tell NBC all about Clinton reactions to miniseries involving them, as Bubba reportedly went apesh!t over ABC’s The Path to 9/11.

Christien on August 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Nothing more than a head fake, wanting everyone to believe they’re going to be critical of Hillary.

We all know that won’t happen. But they want people to think that.

ButterflyDragon on August 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

It’s almost funny. A miniseries on Hillary would be eagerly welcomed by conservatives if it actually told the truth. This is all about the selective coverage of her life. We know what MSM is going to do.

paul1149 on August 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Why the Soft/FX 3™ filter over the lens for those two? Lolz!

Bmore on August 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

The Path to 9/11–Deleted Scene (due to pressure from Clintons and other Dems).

Christien on August 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Riddle me this, though. Precisely how much Clinton ass does NBC have to kiss before they get to stop worrying about being cut off?

That’s the thing, they can never stop worrying about being cut off. Constant fear is a big motivator in abusive relationships.

rbj on August 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

So many reasons why Bill and Hillary should only be allowed in the Whitehouse as visitors.

meci on August 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State.

Sorry, but this–in Hillary’s own words–”requires the willing suspension of disbelief.”

Christien on August 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Just stay out of Fort Marcy Park.

davidk on August 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Everything about the Clintons and the media is part of their game plan to crown Hillary as the Queen President.

Bill: “Okay, NBC, you make a glowing puff piece series about Hillary, but me and Hillary will act like there is something juicey and negative in it to drum up interest and viewership.”

NBC: “Bill, you are the greatest!”

Bill: “When I am back in the White House I want an NBC reality show on all the parties I will have and all the college babes I will be given a tour of the Lincoln bedroom to…if you catch my drift…

albill on August 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

What a bunch of fools.

Pravda has more credibility today.

Read this, NBC morons.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I read that piece earlier this afternoon. Paglia is brilliant — I don’t always agree with her, but her intellectual honesty and writing are refreshing (she’s even voiced support for Sarah Palin in the past). In that piece, she nailed it on Hillary.

dpduq on August 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

The only thing “inevitable” about Hillary is that she’ll be a disaster if, God forbid, she gets elected president. As she proved in her 2008 campaign, in the Hillarycare debacle, and most recently in the Benghazi killings during her SOS tenure, the woman does not have the first friggin’ clue about how to be a successful executive.

Pull her off the shelf already. She’s way past her sell-by date.

AZCoyote on August 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

What, they are going to play up the Clintons’ contacts to organized crime in the Far East? Or maybe look into Red Mafia ties since Bill was the guy who pardoned Marc Rich who helped to fashion the laws of Russia with his contacts to the mob there? How about the CV Varyag and Hillary’s Triad connection facilitating that? Can we get an update on Hsu? I mean even before you get to her lackluster crony-supporting Senate term, you got a lot of material… maybe her contact with the Left and her love for Alinsky? Or how about her abuse of underlings, she was famous for that… and you could make Benghazi that writ large!

Since she hasn’t accomplished anything of note, you have to go with what she has done and it has been dismal… adding Bill and the whole Co-President thing will bring back the old Blue Dress and Big Hair women, too. Why couldn’t Hillary actually just dump Bill after one of his philandering episodes? Doesn’t she have any dignity as a woman?

Oh, wait, this is NBC.

It’s worried about having enough brown on its nose.

So sorry, I thought this was from a REAL NETWORK.

ajacksonian on August 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Is Clinton’s candidacy blocking “Path to 9/11?”

You can’t have a thread on this without reminding people of what happened to ABC over its miniseries.

Christien on August 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Just stay out of Fort Marcy Park.

davidk on August 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

That’s the ticket.

That, or Hillary casually mentioning what happens to Jim McDougal when he decides to “sing.”

viking01 on August 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Isn’t he that guy who used to date Monica Lewinsky? You know, that guy who was impeached?

Galtian on August 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

When Hillary was bad mouthing Obama in 2008 and she was told to”can it”and the threat to her daughter, if she didn’t, says volumes. The Force bribed her off with the State Dept. assignment to shut her up. She couldn’t handle that job worth a darn and tried to lie her way out of it, then vanished from sight for awhile to let things cool down but they didn’t. She has as much chance at being the next President as Sadam walking into heaven.

mixplix on August 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I could be wrong, but I don’t think even the liberals want this couple of corrupt, greedy, power hungry, incompetent snobs in the WH again.

scalleywag on August 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The NBC whores obviously aren’t worried about “ethics”.

GarandFan on August 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Naw, they were just having trouble casting Vince Foster.

Laura in Maryland on August 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

They should be.

Philly on August 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM

mixplix on August 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

From your fingers to God’s eyes.

avagreen on August 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM

dpduq on August 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Indeed on all

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

With great reluctance NBC – and all the others- will be compelled to do some real news reporting on Mrs. Clinton well before the next presidential election. These disclosures will doom her chances to run, or if late, to win.

Mason on August 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Given what the clintons did to Vince Foster, the nbc execs know their fate if they do not follow the clinton demands.

TeaPartyNation on August 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Isn’t he that guy who used to date Monica Lewinsky? You know, that guy who was impeached?

Galtian on August 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I was wondering who NBC was looking at to play the part of Monica. I’ve always thought Rosie O’Donnell could play her in a pinch.

slickwillie2001 on August 21, 2013 at 7:17 PM

If you’re worried about the Clintons you have not paid attention to their history. Shame on you. See them for what they are. Their body count is 130 + very available on the net

mixplix on August 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

So NBC thinks Hillary will soon be President Hillary and that President Hillary and her cabinet won’t be quite as eager to talk with Brian Williams as she will the other network anchors.

Easy, Brian Williams bowed to Obama. Make a deal, Brian Williams will bow both lower and longer to Hillary. Problem fixed!

RJL on August 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Everyone treats these losers like they are the ’1st MOB Family’ or something. Ok, so there is a long BODY COUNT TRAIL that extends from Arkansas to Benghazi credited to these 2, but c’mon….

Slick Willey is a charasmatic career sexual harrasser/offender, and Hillary hid files as part of the legal team during the Nixon-Watergate scandal, and neither one of them or their reputations have risen to a level much higher than those standards / levels.
Many people view how Hillary ‘stood by her man’ as ‘loyalty’ & ‘faithfulness’… I credit it to her being a ‘political leach’.

They are Arkansas ‘trailer trash’ that wandered out of the Mobile Home Park…

easyt65 on August 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM