Andrea Mitchell And Robert Gibbs Agree: NBC’s Hillary Clinton Miniseries A ‘Bad Idea’

On Thursday morning, NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd said that NBC’s plan to film and air a miniseries about Hillary Clinton prior to the 2016 election is a “total nightmare” for his network. Todd was joined on Thursday by anchor Andrea Mitchell and contributor and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs who both agreed the miniseries was a “bad idea.”

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“I want to ask you about Reince Priebus,” Mitchell began in an interview with Gibbs. “Because you’ve been involved in the debate prep and debate negotiations, and here is the Republican chairman and I would say understandably miffed about these Hillary Clinton films — one is a documentary and another one an entertainment fill film — which is, you know, all about…”

“A bad idea,” Gibbs suggested.

“A lot of the news people would say including the MSNBC news people and Chuck Todd and the rest of us a really bad idea given the timing,” Mitchell agreed.

Both concluded that, while the miniseries ideas were bad for the network, Priebus and his party would be better served if they did not prevent certain news networks from participating in and airing the GOP 2016 debates.

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NBC’s Chuck Todd Bashes Network’s Hillary Miniseries: ‘Total Nightmare For NBC News’

On Morning Joe Thursday morning, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd bemoaned his network’s proposed NBC miniseries on Hillary Clinton, which, though it has not yet been written, has already raised criticism of a conflict of interest between NBC Entertainment and NBC News, including an ultimatum from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to drop the project or lose any 2016 GOP debates.

“This mini series is a total nightmare for NBC News,” Todd said. “There’s this giant firewall, we have nothing to do with it, we know that we’d love probably to be as critical, or whatever it is going to be, if it comes out. But there’s nothing we can do about it.”

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“We’re going to only own the negatives,” he continued. “Whether it’s negative because it’s the Clinton people are upset that it’s too tough on them, or negative because the Republicans think it’s this glorification of her—no matter what, only we are going to own it, because people are going to see the peacock and NBC and see NBC News and think: ‘Well, they can’t be that separate.’”

“You get the negative and they get the cash,” Joe Scarborough said.

Todd’s first response upon the announcement was to immediately distance his side of the company from the entertainment division:

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Fox’s Laura Ingraham, Kirsten Powers Muse on Hillary 2016

On Wednesday night’s O’Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham suggested President Obama‘s comments about Hillary Clinton during a Tonight Show appearance may mean a Hillary 2016 candidacy could get a big boost from the White House. Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain agreed that Clinton will be the likely Democratic nominee, should she run, with Powers remarking, “I don’t know why anyone would bother to challenge her.”

Powers noted that a huge majority of Democratic voters have already settled on Clinton for 2016, and none of the other potential candidates come up even close. She added that some other Democrats might run, not because they seriously believe they could stop the Hillary juggernaut, but to “set themselves up for a future run.”

Ingraham and Obenshain also used all the Hillary talk to revisit her career as Secretary of State, or as Ingraham nicknamed it, “Hillary diplomacy.” Obenshain insisted liberals are exaggerating just how good a job she did, ignoring the Russian “reset” and Benghazi. She told Ingraham that Clinton might be “concerned” about her big lead, because it makes her a “huge target” three years removed from the race. She also claimed Obama isn’t “really interested in a Hillary presidency.”

But all three of them could agree on one thing: Joe Biden has no chance in hell of winning.

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Priebus: RNC Open To 2016 ‘Talk Radio Debate’

On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus joined Fox News Channel host and conservative talker Andrea Tantaros to expand on his threat to exclude CNN and NBC News from hosting 2016 GOP presidential debates if they move forward with their planned films about Hillary Clinton. Priebus told Tantaros that he thought her suggestion of having a “talk radio debate,” hosted by herself, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity, was a “very good idea.”

Tantaros told Priebus that she thought it was a wise move for the RNC to preemptively go after CNN and NBC for their decision to produce docudramas about Clinton given how their selected moderators handled the 2012 primary and presidential debates.

“Chairman, what do you think about a talk radio debate, where maybe I get together with my buddy Sean Hannity and maybe a Mark Levin, and we interview some of the candidates?” Tantaros asked. “Because the base I think would like that.”

“I actually think that’s a very good idea,” Priebus agreed. “I mean, there’s a lot of good people out there that can actually understand the base of the Republican Party, the primary voters.”

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“You can very easily parse that out in a way that actually provides some substance to the Republican primary voters and what they actually want to talk about and understand,” he continued.

“My interest is not to hurt any Republican running for office,” Tantaros replied. “It’s to give the base voters the best answers on policy issues that matter to them.”

“Talk Radio Network’s awesome,” she continued. “And we also have the Fox News Channel as well, so that was the best debate that you guys did last time that you participated in.”

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‘Those Dingbats Averaged 5 Million Viewers’: Michael Steele, Ed Rendell Clash Over Value Of GOP Debates

During an MSNBC segment about RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’s demand that CNN and NBC drop their Hillary Clinton film projects or risk losing GOP 2016 primary debates, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele disagreed over the ratings potential of what Rendell called the “dingbats” that compose the GOP candidate field.

“If it’s anything like the field of dingbats they fielded in 2012, I don’t think CNN and NBC are going to be hurt too much,” Rendell said. “I think this is all sound and fury, signifying nothing. Again: respect the voters. Voters are not going to vote based on a biopic.”

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“Those ‘dingbats’ averaged five million viewers every time they were on that stage,” Steele replied, “so I think CNN and MSNBC would be very interested in having five million viewers on one night.”

“But it was only good for us listening to those dingbats,” Rendell said.

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Priebus’ Ultimatum To NBC Over Hillary Movie Forces MSNBC Hosts Into Resentful, Defensive Crouch

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threw down the gauntlet to CNN and NBC this week over their planned pre-2016 docudramas about the life and times of likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He insisted the networks must drop their dramatizations of Clinton’s career or lose access to the Republican Party’s 2016 primary debates.

I maintain that this was a foolish move – Priebus is now painted into a corner and will have to make good on his threats when neither network complies, an outcome which will ultimately make the GOP appear petty and insular. However, Priebus’ threat has already yielded one welcome outcome: his preemptive attack on NBC’s entertainment division, calling them out for being incapable of producing an objective miniseries about Clinton, has forced MSNBC’s liberal hosts into a defensive crouch.

MSNBC’s hosts are now asking pointed, bristling questions about how they are any different from other news networks with an identifiably partisan editorial culture. This level of self-awareness is a new feature at the liberal cable news network. It is also the first step on the road to self-discovery, acceptance, and resolve to adapt and change as necessary.

On Wednesday morning, a visibly offended Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski tore into Priebus over his ultimatum to NBC and asked where his outrage was over the pro-GOP editorial bias shared by many of Fox News Channel’s hosts.

“The Republicans have their own network that has a president that asks people to run for the party,” Brzezinski submitted as a justification for… what exactly?

“Until Reince Priebus is demanding fox do great pieces on Democrats and documentaries I’m not sure it is completely a perfect argument,” she continued.

“What about it?” Brzezinski shot back at Joe Scarborough when he asked about the bias which permeates MSNBC’s editorial culture. She proceeded to go off on how Fox “feeds,” “airs,” and “hires” the Republican Party’s political figures.

“Every time you bring up Fox, you’ve got to bring up MSNBC,” Scarborough countered.

“I don’t see MSNBC going after Democratic presidential candidates or trying to hire them,” Brzezinski replied dismissively, calling Fox a “mouthpiece for the Republican Party.” The co-hosts battled over whether MSNBC’s primetime programming was more neutral and objective than Fox’s, ultimately agreeing to disagree.

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Brzezinski’s self-conscious assault on Fox mirrors an asinine statement made by MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Tuesday during a conversation about the same topic: whether Priebus had a point about an institutional liberal bias at NBC.

Matthews attempted to defuse Priebus’ absurd claim that a miniseries which has not yet been filmed and of which he knows nothing about will be wholly complimentary to Clinton by inventing the equally absurd premise that the NBC drama will be nearly entirely unfavorable to the Clintons.

He then insisted that those who suggest MSNBC’s editorial culture is pro-Democratic, specifically pro-Barack Obama, are undone by the fact that the president has not once appeared on that network.

“By the way, those who talk about the tight relationship between MSNBC and Barack Obama, for example, count the number of times he’s been on this network,” Matthews told his guests before confidently producing the trump card: “Zero.”

Furthermore, Matthews insisted, if MSNBC is perceived as being pro-Obama, it is because the president is following the lead of opinion makers like himself. “He agrees with us and we agree with him sometimes,” Matthews added. “I actually have my views and he tends to coincide with them.”

We’ll be gracious and chalk that last gem up as an attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor.

Priebus’ ultimatum is a strategic blunder for the GOP, but he has also apparently torn away a scar at MSNBC and exposed a raw nerve. If the RNC chairman’s charge of bias at NBC was laughably false, it would have resulted in flip and mocking responses from MSNBC’s prominent personalities. Why is it, then, that no one seems to be laughing?

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Scarborough Goes Off On Republicans Too ‘Angry’ To ‘Win Elections’: ‘You’re Not A Conservative, You’re A Nihilist’

On Wednesday morning, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough excoriated Republicans who are advocating shutting down the government if Obamacare isn’t defunded, arguing that the shutdown threat promoted by a group of senators was about “increasing their mailing lists” at the cost of GOP’s electoral viability, and that anybody who supports them was “too stupid to be a member of our party.”

“When do you realize that your stupidity is getting in the way of conservatives winning national elections?” Scarborough demanded. “Do you want to keep losing? You’ve lost a popular vote five out of six times in presidential races. Do you want to lose the next five or six? Do you really want Hillary Clinton to be president for the next eight years? Do you really want her to pick four, five, six, seven, eight Supreme Court justices along with Barack Obama over the next, what, eleven years?”

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“Are you really that stupid?” Scarborough continued. “Are you really that dumb? Are you really in that much need of being angry and resentful, that you just stop caring about winning elections? If so, you’re not a Republican. You’re not a conservative. You’re a nihilist. And you’ve got no place in our party. Take your stupid act somewhere else, because I, for one, am damn tired of losing, and having stupid people like you defining my party.”

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