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Hillary Clinton, the Unstoppable Power Machine

30 September 2013

6:35 PM

30 September 2013

6:35 PM

Hillary Clinton is overwhelming favourite to be America’s next President  – and this time nobody, especially not no pesky filmmaker, will get in her way.

Charles Ferguson, who was working on a major new documentary about Hillary, has just announced that he’s cancelled the project. The reason? Apparently, the American political class didn’t approve.

The film was absolutely not a right-wing hit job. It was being made for CNN, for starters. And Ferguson is a bona-fide progressive who has made edgily bien-pensant movies about the Iraq War and the financial crash. Indeed, the Republican National Convention assumed his work would be so fellatory towards Mrs C that it threatened to boycott CNN until the project was shelved.

But that’s not why the film was stopped. Of course not. The project appears to have got into real trouble because the left-liberal Clinton Machine didn’t want it aired. According to Ferguson, Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s media fixer, started to contact people at CNN about possible ‘conflicts of interest’ in the documentary.


Then came the ‘Media Matters’ chairman David Brock — who funnily enough made his name in the 1990s as a ‘right wing hit man’ and exposer of Bill Clinton, but has transformed into a vicious Clinton groupie. Brock wrote two Open Letters — published on his website — to the chairmen of CNN and NBC (who are bringing out another Clinton documentary) questioning the ‘objectivity’ of the film by suggesting that it might not toe the correct line on Hillary. ‘How will your network respond to the right-wing noise machine that is already pressuring you to adopt its ideological lens on Clinton?’ he asked.

Ferguson writes:

‘When Brock published his letter about my film, I got in touch with several prominent Democrats who knew Hillary Clinton. I told them that this campaign against the film and against CNN 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.’

Ferguson was not put off. But, he says, ‘when I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film.’ He therefore decided to abandon the film.

So it looks as if the American Right initially campaigned against the documentary because they thought it would be excessively pro-Clinton; then the liberal-left shut it down at least  partly because they feared that the film, in an attempt to address those right-wing concerns, would ask difficult questions about Clinton’s murky past — investigate, as Brock put it, ‘phony scandals’.

Very odd. For now, it should be said, we only have Ferguson’s account of what happened. But this story stinks. In future, expect Hillary Clinton ‘documentaries’ to sound more like this:

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  • swatnan

    No she isn’t. She made a lousy SoS and as for President, she’d be a disaster.
    Can we have someone else please?

  • CharlietheChump

    Once again the Democrat establishment work their arses off to silence any scrutiny, never mind criticism, of “their” candidate, as happened before Barry was first elected.
    This is the left for you, silence all debate using any means possible.

  • HookesLaw

    Sort of the Falklands Play in reverse?
    Whatever there is to dig up will be dug up as part of a campaign. This proposed film does not have a copyright on the facts and certainly not on any speculations.

    Clinton will be what, 69 in 2016? She has already had one brain blood clot episode.

    Anyone for John Kerry?

    • PeterK10

      John François Kerry? Surely you jest.

      How about someone who isn’t a Marxist? The incompetent Left has had 8 years to drive the US into the pits. Time for the Right to come in and clean up the mess, like Reagan did after the Peanut Man.

  • James Strong

    If you can find a way to get a woman to receive a fellatory experience then you could make a fortune in a certain section of the film industry.
    Until then, learn something about words and how to put them together.
    You might say that phrase was metaphorical, but it’s a ridiculous metaphor.
    This writing is not good enough.

  • David Lindsay

    Everyone who voted for Obama the first time would have more reason to vote for Rand Paul than to vote for her.

    That might be the only way of stopping her, even if it did involve the loss of a certain number of Bush-McCain-Romney supporters from the GOP.

    But one way or another, she must be stopped. She simply has to be.

    The return of the Clintons? Dear God, no. Anything but that. Anything.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      No, very, very few who voted for Obama will vote for Rand Paul, or any other libertarian-conservative. There were a few “liberaltarians” identified in the 2008 election exit poll tallies (They all bailed in 2012, too.), and a few wooly brained “conservatives”, but those were pure exceptions. It’s hard to square crypto-communism with libertarianism or conservativism, afterall. Hillary will draw more working man’s vote than Barry, who is a pure progressive dweeb, like David Cameron. But she will also have many sworn enemies.

      • David Lindsay

        She certainly does have many sworn enemies, but then the Clintons always have had.

        People who were energised by opposition to Bush’s, and putatively McCain’s, wars would have every reason to vote for pretty much anyone against Hillary Clinton, and certainly to vote for Rand Paul against her.

        His problem will be securing the nomination of his own party, which renominated Bush unopposed in 2004, which nominated McCain in 2012, and which nominated Romney in 2016. The GOP primary voters will want John Bolton or someone.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          No, those who vote for the hard Left will not be voting for a libertarian-conservative like Paul. Not. Gonna. Happen.

          Obama went bombs away in Libya and wanted to do so in Syria, same as the rest of the progressive bomb squad. No difference there, from any corner. Paul and his brethren are quite different than that ilk, no doubt, and that’s why none of them will be voting for him.

          • David Lindsay

            His father, who in some ways was more conservative, attracted people from the Left.

            They now define themselves primarily in foreign policy terms (thank Dubya for that), and his views in that area correspond far more closely to theirs than hers do.

            His problem will be with his own party. With any luck, so will hers.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              No, Ron Paul attracted nobody from the Left.

              Remember, we’re talking about the Left, not liberals like the Pauls.

              And lad, the Left are progressive nutters, and want to go bombs away everywhere, so you’re quite wrong about the foreign policy gap that you’ve fantasized. Obama is a mad bomber, just like all progressive lefty nutters, as is Clinton, and all are quite apart from the Pauls.

              This discussion seems to be headed similar to a previous discussion, wherein you tried to make out Obama and Biden as “pro-life”… the 2 most ghoulish baby murderers in the Western Hemisphere… “pro-life”.

              Better check your meds, lad.

  • Curnonsky

    Hillary’s problem is that as she and Bubba clawed their way to the top they burned a lot of bridges; there are powerful Democrats who hate her and would like nothing better than to discreetly stick the dagger in. The Clintons are frankly horrible people and richly deserve each other. And since they have a collection of closet skeletons so vast they must be alphabetized there will be no shortage of ammunition for her enemies. It is hard to imagine her winning this time, however much her acolytes in the media try to portray her as the heir-apparent – she will probably have to settle for being very, very, very rich.

    • PeterK10

      Why do DemoRat politicians never leave the stage, after strutting and fretting their interminable, pathetic hours upon it?

  • Tom Tom

    Clinton II as US President would be The End of the American Republic. It is therefore perhaps inevitable if she can convince Wall Street as her husband did. There is no good future for the USA as it races towards bankruptcy and an increasingly hostile world. It takes only 3 countries to declare neutrality and the USA is isolated

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Here’s the one caveat I might offer to your sensible statements here. Only a pure lefty can tackle the leviathan state. It’s their handmaiden, and they have to sign off on its curbing. Obama hasn’t the maturity to do it (neither did Romney), obviously, but does Hillary? That’s the question here. She’s bad in countless ways, but it’s bankruptcy that is on the horizon, and is she up to what’s required?

      • Tom Tom

        It is also replacing a gay President with a Wellesley lesbian

  • anyfool

    Hillary Clinton is overwhelming favourite to be America’s next President

    Rubbish, odds of 3-1 do not make you overwhelming favourite. she will be lucky to win the Democratic Primary, if you look at it sensibly very few favourites go on to win the Democratic nomination.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      If she attracts women disproportionately, she can win, if she also takes a large enough share of men. The Clintons still have a lot of enemies though, in all corners. Many’s the landmine betwixt Hillary and higher office.

  • Rossspeak

    Clinton in the White House and Red Ed in No 10.
    UK and US deficits rising already – let alone once this pair get going.

    We are on the way to getting totally screwed!

    • the viceroy’s gin

      You mean, worse than now with Barry and Call Me Dave?

      • HookesLaw

        Yes – thats obvious.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          Actually, no, it’s not.

          • HookesLaw

            Oh yes it is, Widow Twanky.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              Oh no it’s not, Belltower Hunchback.

  • kyalami

    Too shrill, too old, too dishonest. (Remember her being “under fire in Bosnia”?)

    • Count Dooku

      Clinton over schoolboy Barack any day. At least she has accomplished something in her life in is well on the right of the Democratic Party.
      Would love to see Paul Ryan or Rand Paul as president though.

  • rtj1211

    Will she stop a heavyweight Republican running too??!!

    I’d be interested to see her economic policy: not saying she can’t do it, but it’s never seemed to be that high up her policy agenda thus far.