Producer of CNN’s Hillary documentary throws in the towel

posted at 10:41 am on September 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The last word on the two attempts to make Hillary Clinton into broadcast-network entertainment had NBC rethinking its determination to make a Diane Lane-starring miniseries, but CNN on track to make a documentary in time for a 2016 release.  Now, however, the producer of the latter project has announced at the Huffington Post that he will drop his plans for the documentary — but not because of CNN, which remains supportive if perhaps not enthusiastic.  Charles Ferguson blames both political parties and Media Matters for the hostile environment, but puts most of the blame on the Clintons for making the job impossible:

When [Media Matters' David] Brock published his letter about my film, I got in touch with several prominent Democrats who knew Hillary Clinton. I told them that this campaign against the film and against CNN was counterproductive. They conveyed this message to Mrs. Clinton personally, along with my request to speak with her. The answer that came back was, basically, over my dead body.

Regardless, it’s not impossible to do a documentary about an uncooperative subject, but it’s not easy, either.  It’s even more difficult when the subject has the ability to intimidate nearly everyone with something of interest to say.  Ferguson pointedly includes the news media in this category:

But when I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration. Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away. I even sensed potential difficulty in licensing archival footage from CBN (Pat Robertson) and from Fox. After approaching well over a hundred people, only two persons who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on-camera interview, and I suspected that even they would back out.

Even if the Clintons were interested in cooperating, Ferguson had a Road to Damascus moment after meeting with Bill Clinton:

In June, I attended a dinner for Bill Clinton, which was educational. Clinton spoke passionately about his foundation, about African wildlife, inequality, childhood obesity, and much else with enormous factual command, emotion, and rhetorical power. But he and I also spoke privately. I asked him about the financial crisis. He paused and then became even more soulful, thoughtful, passionate, and articulate. And then he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I’ve heard in quite a while.

For example, Mr. Clinton sorrowfully lamented his inability to stop the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which banned all regulation of private (OTC) derivatives trading, and thereby greatly worsened the crisis. Mr. Clinton said that he and Larry Summers had argued with Alan Greenspan, but couldn’t budge him, and then Congress passed the law by a veto-proof supermajority, tying his hands. Well, actually, the reason that the law passed by that overwhelming margin was because of the Clinton Administration’s strong advocacy, including Congressional testimony by Larry Summers and harsh public and private attacks on advocates of regulation by Summers and Robert Rubin.

In other words, they play hardball to present a false narrative and have no trouble in intimidating anyone who contradicts it.  That includes the so-called independent media, Ferguson makes sure to inform us, and he writes that his forced withdrawal is no victory for the media.

That sets up an entirely different question. If the media is this intimidated by Hillary Clinton as a former Secretary of State, what would they be like in a Hillary Clinton presidency? And what does this tell us about the media’s performance during the Bill Clinton presidency? Perhaps the media should be warning us of this kind of manipulation rather than being silent about it in hopes for better access during a future period where the Clintons once again have their hands on the lever of power at the highest levels.  Ferguson just did so — will other journalists do the same?


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Great news…

OmahaConservative on September 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Soon to be a new entry on the Clinton Kill List?

LoganSix on September 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

If the media is this intimidated by Hillary Clinton as a former Secretary of State, what would they be like in a Hillary Clinton presidency?

And how does poor Joe Biden compete in the primaries?

Happy Nomad on September 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Sounds almost like the Benghazi investigation.

forest on September 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Sounds like more of the same. Clinton is like Obama, but with balls.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

If the people he wanted to interview talked about all of Hillary’s skeletons, they would end up like Vince Foster.

This was not a “Vast Right-Wing conspiricy”, but more of a fear for one’s life if they spoke of Rose Law Firm, HillaryCare, Whitewater, and of course Beghazi.

Someone please tell me of one accomplishment ( besides staying with Bill, only for politics ) she has made. What were her voted Bills on the Senate floor? Please, Name one accomplishment.

Sabercat2 on September 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Won’t they just find someone willing to tow the Clinton line? It would seem there would be plenty who would.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Please, Name one accomplishment.

Sounds like Obama’s record. What could go wrong?

VibrioCocci on September 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

If the media is this intimidated by Hillary Clinton as a former Secretary of State, what would they be like in a Hillary Clinton presidency?

Probably like the obsequious asswipes they are now, during the Obama administration. Doing everything they can to hide Dear Leader’s incompetence, and to shape and push a narrative in which he is depicted as a decisive, commanding, courageous, and effective president (facts be damned).

In a Hillary Clinton administration, only the names and genders would change.

AZCoyote on September 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Regardless, it’s not impossible to do a documentary about an uncooperative subject, but it’s not easy, either.

Heavy sigh. It is with great sadness that I may never get to see a documentary about the current resident in the White House. /

Rovin on September 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

And then he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I’ve heard in quite a while.

Boy, there speaks a man who’s really confident there’s nothing embarrassing in his FBI file.

Fabozz on September 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Someone please tell me of one accomplishment ( besides staying with Bill, only for politics ) she has made. What were her voted Bills on the Senate floor? Please, Name one accomplishment.

Sabercat2 on September 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Well, she lied her ass off about a YouTube video causing the death of an ambassador during a spontaneous protest in Benghazi. She so thwarted the truth that we will never EVER know key questions about this attack.

Happy Nomad on September 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

O/T via Politico from Drudge:

The Senate will come in session at 2 p.m. and shortly thereafter vote to table the funding bill passed by the House over the weekend

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/government-shutdown-2013-update-senate-house-bill-97551.html#ixzz2gO88lYMc

Reid thanks Boehner.

bluefox on September 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Hilarious. This guy still thinks Hillary is awesome, despite his belated realization that Bill Clinton is a total liar and that the Clintons intimidate into silence everyone who deals with them. What a dumbass.

Missy on September 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Someone please tell me of one accomplishment ( besides staying with Bill, only for politics ) she has made. What were her voted Bills on the Senate floor? Please, Name one accomplishment.

Sabercat2 on September 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

She’s a filthy Marxist, and in the America of today, that is a fine thing – especially in government.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Hilary Clinton, the NSA, Obamacare, missing people, no media check, circumvention of justice. It sounds like USSR if she were a elected.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

No marxist slobbering over an impeached, disbarred, adulterous, liar, serial rapist?

Damn. :(

Murphy9 on September 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I know I’m looking forward to being called a sexist for opposing Hillary, just as I’m enjoying the use of the race card now.

Tacitus on September 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

And then he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I’ve heard in quite a while.

A Clinton lie, especially one named Bill? Tell me it ain’t so..//

The most amazing thing is that this journo actually thought he would tell him the truth..

melle1228 on September 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Lordie, lordie, the witch is uuuuugly, from the inside to the out.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I told them that this campaign against the film and against CNN was counterproductive. They conveyed this message to Mrs. Clinton personally, along with my request to speak with her. The answer that came back was, basically, over my dead body.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Tacitus on September 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

This is what we get to look forward to the next 100 years.

Chelsea
Chelsea Jr
Hillary/Huma Love child
Hillary/Huma Love child Jr
Reanimated Bill Clinton with stronger sex drive
Reanimated Hillary with the ability to make people disappear with her thoughts.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

uncooperative subject More like inveterate liar…

Pest on September 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

All of you who think she’ll run, and be formidable…you don’t know 10% of who she really is.

This is a sumbag witch from absolute Hell, with lots and lots of blood on her hands and big body, the same and more so than obama.

The light will shine on all of it too.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

The answer that came back was, basically, over my dead body.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

There is a history of dead bodies around her. I’m not joking.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Only if the devil rules.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Someone please tell me of one accomplishment ( besides staying with Bill, only for politics ) she has made. What were her voted Bills on the Senate floor? Please, Name one accomplishment.

Sabercat2 on September 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Ooo! Ooo! I know this one! The media has been trumpeting it every time they mention her!

She visited the most countries of any Secretary of State, ever.

Yeah, that’s her “accomplishment”, she racked up more frequent flyer miles than her predecessors.

makattak on September 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

great pic Ed!!

Ahhhhh, the good ol days of yore….

“I did not have Sex with that Woooman…Miss Lewinski”

ToddPA on September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

JournoPist

faraway on September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

“I did not have Sex with that Wooman”

ToddPA on September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Hillary?

faraway on September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

That includes the so-called independent media, Ferguson makes sure to inform us, and he writes that his forced withdrawal is no victory for the media.

That sets up an entirely different question. If the media is this intimidated by Hillary Clinton as a former Secretary of State, what would they be like in a Hillary Clinton presidency? And what does this tell us about the media’s performance during the Bill Clinton presidency? Perhaps the media should be warning us of this kind of manipulation rather than being silent about it in hopes for better access during a future period where the Clintons once again have their hands on the lever of power at the highest levels. Ferguson just did so — will other journalists do the same?

No, because by then most will be ‘dead’, suffocated from consuming obama’s shit.

It ain’t Beluga caviar, you incredible fools. YOU were given so much freedom and you waste it on obama/Hillary shit, while the land which fights/dies to keep you free goes to Hades. YOU are nothing but Utopian harlots, most all of you. Your demise is as warranted as is obama/Hillary’s.

They all will come. Karma is wonderful.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Ever notice how few men really know how to handle a bit*h? A nasty woman can truly intimidate even the most so-called toughest men. Look at what Clinton did to those men in the hearings — as soon as she turned into Medusa they turned to stone (or rather, jelly). She knows her power. God what a hideous human being.

Will we ever get rid of these feculently corrupt Clintons?

The definitive destruction of the Clintons, by Christopher Hitchens.
http://www.amazon.com/One-Left-Lie-Triangulations-Jefferson/dp/1859847366

rrpjr on September 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Just ask Vince Foster about what happens when you know too much about the Clintons, or they decide you’ve become a liability.

TKindred on September 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

If they will put a producer of an anti-muslim video in jail, imagine what they would do with a producer of a documentary that actually told the truth about Hillary …

TXUS on September 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Ooo! Ooo! I know this one! The media has been trumpeting it every time they mention her!

She visited the most countries of any Secretary of State, ever.

Yeah, that’s her “accomplishment”, she racked up more frequent flyer miles than her predecessors.

makattak on September 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

And … and … and she dodged rocket fire, while spiraling down – in an evasive maneuver landing – in Bosnia.

[speaking of LIES]

The unkempt pig.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

It’s simple, the media makes money by selling ads…if they don’t get the “stories” they don’t sell ads…therefore, whatever they need to do to get the stories, they do, news is not important, profits are.

That is what has changed in journalism…profits, not motive, not the truth, not the event, is what drives all journalism.

right2bright on September 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

It’s even more difficult when the subject has the ability to intimidate nearly everyone with something of interest to say.

It would be damn near impossible to do a factually accurate documentary on either Clinton, because they’re both insufferable liars and most of the people who deal with them would lie for them as well. By the time you paid enough fact checkers to verify what was true and what wasn’t, your film would end up on the cutting room floor anyway.

scalleywag on September 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“I never had sex with that woman.”

“Depends on what the meaning of is is.”

“What difference does it make?”

What did CNN expect?

Liberal trash is trashing this nation wherever it thrives like creeping kudzu.

Sherman1864 on September 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I guess everyone has forgotten how CNN traded their journalistic credibility for access when it came to Saddam Hussein.
It is the ability to have access to the story the crave, like a junkie in need of a fix. Like a junkie the will lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, debase themselves and say “thank you sir, may I have another,” to get that access. Even if they can only repeat platitudes, their information is only half accurate, or even complete BS, at least they have that sweet, sweet access to keep the monsters at bay when they try to sleep.

LincolntheHun on September 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Not analyzed is that 102 of 102 of the sycophants would have eagerly responded had the trial balloons floated over the summer not exploded so fierily.

HitNRun on September 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.

– Barack Obama

DrDeano on September 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Hilarious. This guy still thinks Hillary is awesome, despite his belated realization that Bill Clinton is a total liar and that the Clintons intimidate into silence everyone who deals with them. What a dumbass.

Missy on September 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

he doesnt even care that bill is lying. in the article he excuses all clinton behavior because they are trying to do good things.

chasdal on September 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Sounds like more of the same. Clinton is like Obama, but with balls.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

And Bill Clinton actually was somewhat smart. 0bama is a pure dimwit.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

So, I guess the Clinton 2016 slogan comes down to:

“Vote for Hillary because America needs the major media to be even more supine, gutless and in the tank for her than they are for Obama” ???

As sad as this is, it probably sounds quite appealing to damn near half the electorate. Groan.

Sacramento on September 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

This is what we get to look forward to the next 100 years.

Chelsea
Chelsea Jr
Hillary/Huma Love child
Hillary/Huma Love child Jr
Reanimated Bill Clinton with stronger sex drive
Reanimated Hillary with the ability to make people disappear with her thoughts.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

You left out a few:

President Michelle 0bama
President Malia 0bama
President Sasha 0bama

People are that f**king stupid.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

here is a history of dead bodies around her. I’m not joking.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

“‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ saith the Lord.–Romans 12:19

Grace_is_sufficient on September 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Perhaps the media should be warning us of this kind of manipulation rather than being silent about it in hopes for better access during a future period where the Clintons once again have their hands on the lever of power at the highest levels.

Really? The same media (Hey! CNN!) – that remained silent about the atrocities of Saddam Hussein inside his own country, because they didn’t “want to lose access”?

Those whores?

GarandFan on September 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Slick Willie’s Day of Rage
posted at 7:45 am on September 25, 2006 by Bryan

It’s sad that many of the old HotAir Vents, like this one, are no longer viewable :-(

ITguy on September 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

ROFLOL!

easyt65 on September 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

You left out a few:

President Michelle 0bama
President Malia 0bama
President Sasha 0bama

People are that f**king stupid.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Yes, they are.

I assume under a Hillary Presidency, especially if it lasts 8 years, the Obama family’s political influence will be “mitigated” by her. She will do something to make sure they will never be elected again.

There can only be just one.

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Please, Name one accomplishment.

Sabercat2 on September 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Turning $1000 into $100,000 in the commodities market.

Here’s the big cover-up lie:

Senior advisers to President Clinton and his wife said in a briefing this afternoon at the White House that Mrs. Clinton based her trades on information in The Wall Street Journal, and that she stopped trading by 1980, despite her success, because, as one senior aide put it, “she did not have the stomach for it any more and found it to be too nerve-racking.”

It isn’t nerve-racking making a killing in commodities. It’s nerve-racking when you trade illegally and spend every day wondering if you might get caught.

Can someone send me $99,0000? I want to experience the pain and agony myself.

fogw on September 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Imagine if you will, trying to write an expose on Obozo and why we as The People, cannot even get a hard copy of his college transcripts. Or let’s discuss how the “most powerful man in the world”, let’s his own brother live in absolute squalor. Or why his drunk driving uncle was not deported.

Hillary is only one example of how corrupted out “media” has become.

KMC1 on September 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Via Barnhardt:
How Hillary Made that $100k in Cattle Futures

Giving the “good” trades to Hillary and the “bad” trades to Tyson is simply a way to move money from Tyson to the Clintons without Tyson writing the Clintons a check. This is called “money laundering”.

This case was actually the reason why the law was changed and brokers HAD to attach an account number to every order UPON ENTERING THE ORDER. I started in the business in 1997, and that change predated me by 15 years. I can’t imagine how it is that they let people assign account numbers at the end of the day – ever. That is just begging for unfair practices with regards to assigning of prices to customers. Favoritism, frontrunning, etc.

Oh, and Hillary claimed complete ignorance about all of this, which is, of course, a complete lie. She and Bill knew exactly what they were doing and why.

Too bad no one cared about the Clintons being psychopathic liars and conartists, because maybe then Hillary wouldn’t have been able to murder Ambassador Chris Stevens and run all of those guns and MANPADS to the Muslim Brotherhood/AlQaeda, amongst all of their many other crimes.

Things like this matter. Give a money laundering psychopath enough power and they will move on to murder, genocide and tyranny. Ignore these indicators at your own peril.

Murphy9 on September 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Thankfully Hillary is not…

(1) A good campaigner
(2) Black or Hispanic
(3) Bill Clinton
(4) Reasonably young

I am not as enthralled by Hillary as some people are. She does not connect with people well. Blue blooded old bitter white woman with a shrill voice is not something that plays well.

Only chance she can win is if she can claim her husband will actually run things and it will be like the 1990s all over again. She does not inspire the progressive grassroots base of the Democratic party and as we have seen in the GOP not inspiring the grassroots base of your party is a ticket to failure.

William Eaton on September 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Oil Can on September 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Seriously if I was Obama I think I would prefer a Republican winning the next presidential election. Why? Hillary is the ice queen and people who know too much always go on boat rides early in the morning or strange airplane rides over Balkan countries never to return…

Not saying she had anything to do with any of that, it just seems to happen with the Clintons in charge.

William Eaton on September 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Can I get a heads up on the Huffpoop links?

Clicking on those is the internet version of stepping in dogsh!t on the sidewalk.

novaculus on September 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

And then he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I’ve heard in quite a while.

And this comes as absolutely NO surprise to anyone whatsoever.

Othniel on September 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Hillary fails to get 100 character-references. Not surprising.

Making an appealing presentation about her is pushing a rock up a hill.

virgo on September 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Fear and loathing.

John the Libertarian on September 30, 2013 at 1:39 PM

They conveyed this message to Mrs. Clinton personally, along with my request to speak with her. The answer that came back was, basically, over my dead body.

The wording isn’t totally clear here – but I’m guessing it was HIS dead body she was referring to…

dentarthurdent on September 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I remember being afraid during the Clinton presidency because of how the press twisted everything to put him in the best light. It seemed to me that that was the greatest threat our democracy faced, because the press would lie or cover up anything that might harm him, and his administration was so corrupt. We still don’t know the truth behind Whitewater (especially after Vince Foster would up dead), or behind the pardons or the myriad of other scandals.

Of course with Obama the press has taken that to a new level…

blue13326 on September 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

When are these media heavy weights going to realize the fiction with the Clintons? They just will not accept the truth.

mixplix on September 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I remember being afraid during the Clinton presidency because of how the press twisted everything to put him in the best light.
blue13326 on September 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

1. NSA has been spying on Americans a long time.
2. Journalists have not been exempt; possibly, they have been targeted.
“Accidentally” of course.
3. It only takes a few people, with access they shouldn’t have, to compile a dossier on the President’s subjects of interest.
4. That’s how I would write it if I was doing a political thriller.

It seemed to me that that was the greatest threat our democracy faced, because the press would lie or cover up anything that might harm him, and his administration was so corrupt. …

Of course with Obama the press has taken that to a new level…

Indeed. And the lies are worse than the corruption.

AesopFan on September 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM

He simply should have referred Hill and Bill to watch the in-depth documentary about Obama’s life as a model for this documentary. For heaven’s sake it would have just taken 30 seconds and included lots of interviews and insights from people…like Moochelle, and well Moochelle.

in_awe on September 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I guess everyone has forgotten how CNN traded their journalistic credibility for access when it came to Saddam Hussein.

LincolntheHun on September 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

And don’t forget that just before the 2008 election cycle started, CNN threw their longtime polling partner Gallup under the bus, and replaced Gallup with ORC.

ORC was founded and run by a major-league Clinton Groupie named Vinod Gupta, who later left when his longtime association with Bill ‘n’ Hill became public knowledge. Obviously CNN was hoping to get Hillary elected pResident in 2008 with a boost from Gupta’s “polling”, but then O’bama came along…

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Well, play with fire, get burned by fire. Will be interesting to see if Mr. ferguson is able to do anything in the future.

We’ve always had disagreements but NEVER so much control of the media by one political party. This is truly frightening.

MN J on September 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

In other words, they play hardball to present a false narrative and have no trouble in intimidating anyone who contradicts it.

posted at 10:41 am on September 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I’m confused Ed, are you talking about the Clintons or the AGW alarmists? /

NapaConservative on September 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

One more point – this is the first time he thinks either Mr. Clinton or even Mr. Obama told lies??? WOW!

MN J on September 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

UPDATE

Not only has CNN cancelled its Hillary documentary, but NBC has cancelled its Hillary miniseries starring Diane Lane.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-scraps-hillary-clinton-miniseries-639210

J.S.K. on September 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM