Filmmaker Charles Ferguson announced Monday that he is “cancelling [his] documentary on Hillary Clinton” because everyone with personal knowledge of her is refusing to speak to him.
“When I approached people for interviews,” he wrote, “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. Not even journalists who want access[.]”
Ferguson said CNN Films supported the project, but “neither political party wanted the film made.”
“After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn’t make a film of which I would be proud. And so I’m canceling.”
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The Republican National Committee voted in August to keep Hillary from participating in the 2016 primary debate if the film was aired, calling it “little more than extended commercials” for Hillary.
Chairman of the RNC, David Brock, even told Republicans to boycott CNN in 2016 citing a conflict of interest in covering the election.
Ferguson didn’t tout the film as a proverbial backrub to the potential presidential nominee. He called the cancellation “a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become.”
“But I don’t think that it’s a victory for the media, or for the American people,” he added.
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Once he signed on, Ferguson said he was “interrogated” by Hillary’s press secretary Nick Merrill. The Clinton’s media fixer Phillipe Reines also contacted CNN to express worry over conflicts of interests.
Despite his interests in the controversies surrounding Hillary, Ferguson admires her work.
“I still believe that Mrs. Clinton has many virtues including great intelligence, fortitude, and a deep commitment to bettering the lives of women and children worldwide,” he wrote.
RNC communication director Sean Spicer has asked NBC to follow suit and drop its project on Hillary.
“We are pleased that our calls and the grassroots activity have led to CNN canceling this infomercial for Hillary Clinton,” Spicer told The Daily Caller. “Now the pressure is squarely on NBC.”