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The Hillary Clinton TV Panic - Part One

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by Melissa Silverstein
August 8, 2013 2:00 PM
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It's summer and everyone is sick of talking about Anthony Weiner and his sexting, so now there is another controversy to discuss -- the impending Hillary Clinton media TV projects on both CNN and NBC.

RNC head Reince Priebus freaked out and said that the networks were potentially going to lose their opportunities to host the debates for the 2016 elections. NBC News in the form of Chuck Todd is also freaking out saying the NBC miniseries is a "total nightmare" for the News Division, especially if it airs before the election.

Both projects seem pretty high profile, the NBC miniseries is to be written and directed by Courtney Hunt and starring Diane Lane and was announced at the TCA's, and the CNN documentary is to be directed by Charles Ferguson, but who knows if either of them will happen.  And let's not forget Rodham the fictional movie of her life in DC before she married Bill Clinton that is still casting its lead.

Just a moment for perspective. Yes, it is not something that we are used to seeing, a miniseries about a Presidential contender (which of course we don't even know if she is right now.)  But Hillary Clinton is not your typical person. Quite frankly, we do need to see more inspirational and aspirational stories about women because our world is full of male role models. Many of our male presidents and contenders have had significant experiences in their lives to warrant a biopic before they ran for president, but male political leaders are a dime a dozen.

Hillary Clinton is unique and that's a good thing and a bad thing.  If she wasn't so unique no one would care about making a miniseries of her life.  It's a bad thing because she is still the only woman who is a presidential contender.  We are all waiting for the day when the stories of how unique Hillary Clinton is old news and there are many women running for President in every cycle.  But we know we are far from that day.  We live in a time when an anti-Hillary Clinton PAC The Hillary Project has created a "Slap Hillary" game that allows you to click and slap her across the face.  

Will this effect her presidential run should she choose to have another one?  Who knows?  Do I think that most people have made up their minds about her already?  Yes.  Do I want girls to see a miniseries about Hillary Clinton? You bet.

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2 Comments

  • Korky Day | August 10, 2013 3:13 AMReply

    The article omits these women candidates for president in 2012:
    Jill Stein (Green Party)
    Peta Lindsay (Socialism & Liberation)
    Rosanne Barr (Peace & Freedom)
    Jill Reed Jill Reed (Twelve Visions-Wyoming)
    Sheila "Samm" Tittle (We The People-Virginia)
    Barbara Dale Washer (Mississippi Reform-Mississippi)
    Dorothy "Doc" Adams (Independent-Texas)
    Tiffany Briscoe (Independent-Maryland)
    Liza Dawn Cherricks (Independent-Delaware)
    RaeDeen Heupel (Independent-Montana)
    Temperance Alesha Lance-Council (Anti-Hypocrisy-California)
    Sophia the Logos (Independent-Virginia)

  • Sheri | August 8, 2013 5:23 PMReply

    As a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the days of the Democratic primary, I was so proud to have a woman to vote for -- finally! To this day I am still angry with how she was sabotaged by Barack Obama's decision to run against her as well as angry with the Democratic Party leadership of the time for what appeared to be a back-door endorsement for Obama only. Aside from that, I have questions about a series on H. Clinton's life that does not revolve around political sensitivities. If I was doing a series or a documentary on her political life, I would focus on the hurdles women face in participating in the political process and so far, that appears to be the goal of the series. But I would wait until after the results of the election in order to work that in to the subject of the series: exploring the reasons why she wins and the path it took, or examining the reasons and obstructions that help explain why she didn't win. Either way, both scenarios would add valuable depth to the series and to a national discussion. Ending the series before the election seems premature, and loses all sorts of valuable information that can help us better talk about women and American politics. Isn't the exclusion of election results like removing the main course from the dinner table?

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