The Republican National Committee voted today to boycott presidential primary debates televised on CNN and NBC, unless they cancel scheduled programming that depicts the life of Hillary Clinton.
According to Fox News, The GOP referred to the programming as
promotional in their intent ..and as political ads masked as unbiased entertainment
CNN plans to show a documentary on Hillary Clinton that is scheduled to first preview in theaters in 2014. The documentary will give an in-depth portrayal of Hillary Clinton’s professional and personal life.
The documentary will be produced and directed by Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson. Ferguson directed and produced “No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq” (2007), and the “Inside Job” (2010) which won him an Oscar. The documentary examines corruption in the U.S. government, and the movie attempted to explain the banking practices that led to the economic collapse. The "Inside Job" is divided into five parts, and starts tracing the economic collapse from Iceland’s deregulation to the bankruptcy of AIG that inevitably, the documentary explains, caused a global recession.
Similar to Michaell Moore’s release of “Fahrenheit 9/11.” before the 2008 election. The GOP feels the "Hillary" documentary is intended to sway viewers to vote for the Democratic ticket. “Fahrenheit 9/11” is the highest-grossing documentary of all time, bringing in over $200 million worldwide. The impact of a politically swaying documentary prior to a presidential election can be enormous.
The Republican National Committee also announced it plans to boycott any NBC presidential primary debates if they air “Hillary,” a four hour miniseries on the life of Hillary Clinton. The NBC miniseries is presently in production. Playing Hillary Clinton will be Diane Lane, and NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt, has not given the exact air time or further cast member names. CNN and NBC defend their right to show their programming, and the full impact of the GOP warning is yet to be seen.