Jack Hellner points out that some studio project cancelations under intimidation don’t seem to bother the mainstream media very much. Remember this? Amy Chozick and Bill Carter wrote in the New York Times, September 30, 2013:

The ideas seemed simple enough: a documentary on CNN and an NBC mini-series that would capitalize on the popularity of one of the world’s most visible public figures. But nothing is simple when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The ideas seemed simple enough: a documentary on CNN and an NBC mini-series that would capitalize on the popularity of one of the world’s most visible public figures. But nothing is simple when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On Monday, the networks said they were abandoning their projects, bringing to an end two initiatives that were announced with much fanfare over the summer.

To be sure, Republicans were concerned about puff pieces helping a Rodham Clinton candidacy for the presidency. But since when does the GOP have any sway in Hollywood? More to the point:

[Rodham Clinton] aides trying to guard her image privately grumbled about the projects, according to a person close to Mrs. Clinton who would not discuss private conversations for attribution.

The aides expressed concern to CNN that a for-profit documentary, which would be released theatrically and broadcast on CNN, would pose a potential conflict with its news coverage, especially since the cable channel had no creative control over it. They contended that the NBC mini-series, while not a direct conflict with the separately run NBC News division, would try to enhance ratings by focusing on the more melodramatic aspects of Mrs. Clinton’s life.

Continue reading →