CNN's Hillary Clinton Documentary Will Not Move Forward
Variety reports that a planned documentary on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from CNN Films will no longer move forward. According to the report, the project's director, Charles Ferguson has decided to step away due to political pressure surrounding the project.
Said a spokesperson for CNN Worldwide, "Charles Ferguson has informed us that he is not moving forward with his documentary about Hillary Clinton ... [W]e won't seek other partners and are not proceeding with the film."
In a blog written for today's Huffington Post, Ferguson shared that he felt pressure from both Clinton aides and supporters and the Republican National Committee. As a result, he was having difficulties lining up interviews and sources for the highly anticipated film.
"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," he wrote, "and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration."
The announcement of the proposed documentary drew anger from the RNC, which voted to ban CNN (and NBC, who is also scheduled to produce a Clinton-centered project) from hosting or sponsoring Republican primary debates.