CNN Nixes Hillary Clinton Documentary

Director pulls out of the documentary project citing pressure from RNC and Clintons

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she arrives at the 67th the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 25, 2012.

CNN has scrapped much-criticized plans to make a documentary about Hillary Clinton, after the director quit the project citing a lack of people willing to be interviewed for the film.

The director, Charles H. Ferguson, blamed pressure from Clinton aides and from the Republican National Committee. The project had been fiercely criticized by Republicans who saw the very fact that CNN would air a documentary on a 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful as evidence of media bias, and threatened to boycott the network when it came time to pick stations to air presidential debates.

“After approaching well over a hundred people, only two persons who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on-camera interview, and I suspected that even they would back out,” he wrote in The Huffington Post.