Producer Cancels CNN’s Hillary Clinton Documentary

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The planned Hillary Clinton documentary that was supposed to air on CNN in 2014 has been cancelled.

Academy Award-winning producer Charles Ferguson made the announcement on the Huffington Post Monday morning.

Ferguson blamed Clinton aides and both the Democratic and Republican parties for not wanting this film made.

“[W] hen I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration,” Ferguson said. “Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away.”

Ferguson claimed that Clinton aids Nick Merrill and Phillipe Reines “interrogated” him and officials at CNN over the documentary.

Ferguson also faced heat from the Republican National Committee as they voted to stop CNN from hosting Republican presidential debates leading up to the 2016 election if the network aired the film.

“After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn’t make a film of which I would be proud. And so I’m cancelling. (Not because of any pressure from CNN — quite the contrary.),” Ferguson said. “It’s a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become.”

In his post, Ferguson slammed former President Bill Clinton, calling him a liar and a “very good actor.”

“For example, Mr. Clinton sorrowfully lamented his inability to stop the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which banned all regulation of private (OTC) derivatives trading, and thereby greatly worsened the crisis,” Ferguson wrote. “Mr. Clinton said that he and Larry Summers had argued with Alan Greenspan, but couldn’t budge him, and then Congress passed the law by a veto-proof supermajority, tying his hands.”

Despite CNN cancelling its documentary, NBC appears to be going ahead with its miniseries called “Hillary,” starring actress Diane Lane. No air date has been announced but it is timed to be released before the 2016 presidential election. NBC has said the four-hour miniseries will follow Clinton’s life and career from 1998 to the present.

Ferguson won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010 for “Inside Job,” a documentary about the financial crisis.

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