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Editorial: TV tantrum not helping Republicans

Published Aug. 9, 2013

Like politics, television can make for strange bedfellows. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has fired off testy letters to NBC and CNN protesting two planned broadcasts exploring the life of past and possibly future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Priebus has threatened to ban the networks from broadcasting the 2016 Republican presidential debates if the programs are aired. Good luck with that.

The irony is that Clinton isn't wild about the proposed programs, either. She would rather not be the subject of films revisiting the White House sexual escapades of her husband and her actions surrounding the Benghazi attacks. Clinton can't evade the narrative of her life and public record, and the RNC can't censor the networks.

NBC is about to begin production on the miniseries Hillary, which would air sometime before the 2016 election. CNN is filming a feature-length documentary on Clinton, scheduled to air in 2014. Priebus has labeled both productions as little more than political advertising for the former first lady and secretary of state. It's unlikely Clinton would consider it positive advertising.

At a time when they should be focusing on improving their appeal among women, blacks, Hispanics and younger voters, Republicans are busy trying to censor broadcasts — and the films are not likely to even be that entertaining.