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Maureen Dowd: RNC chairman 'has a point' on CNN, NBC Hillary specials

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Maureen Dowd. Photo Credit: New York Times

Regarding Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus' recent attacks on NBC and CNN for their planned productions based on the life of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Times' Maureen Dowd writes:

Reince Priebus says a lot of goofy things, but the chairman of the Republican National Committee has a point.

Films can dramatically alter the way famous people are viewed, making them cooler, more glamorous, more sympathetic — and the reverse. Clever filmmakers can offer up delicious soufflés of propaganda and storytelling, putting a new imprint on the historical record. ...

By the time Hollywood is finished, Hillary could be fighting critics with the sexy charm and kickboxing skills of Catwoman.

NBC has announced that it will air a four-hour miniseries about Clinton. CNN has a documentary planned. Both are to air before the 2016 election.

Priebus sent letters to both outlets this week, threatening to boycott them from participating in the 2016 GOP primary debates, should they go forward with the programs. (Dowd called this strategy "goofy" in her op-ed.)

The progressive Media Matters for America has also called on NBC and CNN to halt their productions.

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