The Republican National Committee has voted to boycott any presidential primary debates planned by CNN and NBC if they proceed with lengthy television features on Hillary Clinton, widely expected to be a 2016 Democratic candidate. .
Last month, CNN Films announced it was producing a documentary on Clinton to premiere next year, first in theaters and then on CNN.
NBC also announced a four-hour "Hillary" miniseries starring Diane Lane, on the life of the former secretary of State and first lady.
CNN defended its planned documentary in a written statement in early August.
"This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State. Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more," the statement said. "Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters."
I think it's a little crazy to get up in arms about a documentary that will air 2 years before the election, but I understand the frustration with the media giving free publicity to an opposing candidate. Given the amount of time until the election, I think it's making a mountain out of a molehill. Wonder if the DNC would show the same response to a Rubio documentary from a network...