Charles Ferguson, the film director who was to make the controversial documentary about former United States Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for CNN Films, announced on Monday that the documentary has been cancelled. According to Fox News on Monday, Ferguson claims that Clinton aides pressured him to withdraw from the project while many potential sources have refused to give interviews.
Fox News cites a Huffington Post article which reveals that there was opposition to the project from members of both political parties – Republicans and Democrats. Though the Republican National Committee threatened, recently, to boycott the 2016 presidential debates which would be hosted CNN due to the impending Clinton project, Ferguson said that the strongest opposition to the project was from Hillary Clinton’s camp and the Democrats.
Regarding the opposition, Ferguson said that when he approached people for interviews, he discovered that nobody was interested in helping him make the film about Hillary Clinton. He said that Democrats and Republicans – and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration – would grant him an interview.
Having asked over 100 people to be interviewed on-camera, Ferguson said that only 2 people said they would be interviewed for the project – and he suspected that those 2 would eventually back out.
The director said that he was “interrogated” by Hillary Clinton’s press secretary and an aide after he signed on to the project – as he claims the resistance from Clinton’s inner circle of people began from the start. He specified Phillipe Reines, a Clinton aide, as totally refusing to speak to him.
As far as getting to speak with Hillary Clinton, herself, he said the response he got was pretty much an “over my dead body” response.
Ferguson said that while Republicans feared that the documentary would put Clinton in a positive light before the 2016 presidential election, Clinton and the Democrats feared that the documentary would find scandals that have been unearthed to date.
In August, the Republican National Committee voted to boycott any primary debates planned by CNN over the documentary. The RNC made a similar decision regarding NBC, because of a Clinton-themed miniseries.
"Neither political party wanted the film made," Ferguson said.
Ferguson reserved choice words for the Clintons. He claimed that after running into Bill Clinton during a June dinner, "he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I've heard in quite a while" about the financial crisis.
Ferguson says the cancellation of the documentary is a victory for the Clintons but not the media. He said that while he still believes Hillary Clinton has many virtues, this is not her finest hour.