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The Republican National Committee led by Reince Priebus doesn’t want CNN to move forward on its untitled Hillary Clinton documentary or for NBC to produce and air its Diane Lane-starring miniseries Hillary. Both are set for 2014, but Priebus sent the heads of each network letters explaining his plan to guide the RNC toward not partnering with them for Republican primary debates if they don’t agree to can the programs by August 14th. Instead of saying one way or another whether they’d push ahead with the production (they probably will), CNN offered a weak-kneed response that sounded like a corporation saying, “No, you are!” after a levelheaded explanation of their position that the RNC doesn’t even know what’s in the movie so calling for its end seems premature. While the NBC situation is absurd en face (the entertainment and news divisions are separate beasts), the CNN vs. RNC squabble is a rare look at free market jockeying happening out in the open instead of inside the boardroom. It stems from a belief on the RNC side (and pretty much everyone in the country) that Clinton, who is currently a private citizen after serving as Secretary of State, is likely to run again for President in 2016. That remains to be seen, but the situation still raises some interesting questions about what happens when producers choose to make movies focused on living, politically active figures.

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A 24 hour news channel? What next, TV shows about the lives of celebrities? There are just some things we’ll never watch.

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While the Olympics has inspired our very own Executive Editor Neil Miller to do the first push-up he’s done in twelve years, it only took a call from CNN to get him to write his second opinion piece in one week regarding Tropic Thunder and the groups boycotting the film because of its depiction of the cognitively disabled.

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