Cnn's Hillary Clinton Documentary Is Dead
The director of a much-wrangled-over documentary about Hillary Clinton that was due to air on CNN has pulled the plug on it, blaming not Republicans, who had maintained that the film amounted to a ploy to aid Clinton's presumed presidential campaign, but -- primarily -- Democrats, who, he said, had refused to cooperate, including Clinton herself. In an article for the Huffington Post, Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson claimed that the former secretary of state applied pressure on friends to have nothing to do with the planned film. When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film, Ferguson wrote. 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. Ferguson said he was not surprised by the attacks on the project from Republicans after it was announced. What did surprise me was that, quietly and privately, prominent Democrats made it known both to CNN and to me that they weren't delighted with the film either. He said that after David Brock, founder of the liberal group Media Matters for America, criticized it, he told the group that the campaign against his film 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.'