How the Washington D.C. Money Machine Stopped a Documentary on Hilary Clinton

Wow, I thought, this guy [Bill Clinton] is a really good actor. And I also saw one reason why Hillary Clinton might not be thrilled about my movie. I discovered others. In Arkansas, she joined the boards of Walmart and Tyson Foods. One of the largest donors to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is the government of Saudi Arabia. The Clintons’ personal net worth now probably exceeds $200 million, and while earned legally, both the money’s sources and the Clintons’ public statements indicate a strong aversion to rocking boats or making powerful enemies.

– Charles Furguson in today’s Huffington Post

In case you weren’t aware, Charles Furguson, the director and producer of the financial crisis documentary Inside Job, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, was set to make a film on Hilary Clinton. That project, unfortunately, will not be happening.

While the bipartisan sociopaths running amok in that cesspool we know as Washington D.C. aren’t good at much, what they are really good at is protecting their turf of privilege and power from anyone who might pose a threat. The town is essentially one gigantic bipartisan mafia that spends all its time and energy parasitically sucking the wealth from the U.S. citizenry using insider deals, bribes, blackmail and threats. They create nothing, yet take everything (recall that 70% of the Wealthiest Counties in America are in the Washington D.C. Area).  It is the D.C. way, and they are very protective of their racket.

While Mr. Furguson tried his best to move forward with his Hilary documentary despite numerous obstacles, it ultimately became impossible to proceed. He wrote about it today in the Huffington Post in an article titled:  Why I Am Cancelling My Documentary on Hillary Clinton. Below are some excerpts:

In late 2012, CNN Films approached me about directing a documentary. We discussed a number of potential subjects, and eventually settled on Hillary Rodham Clinton. The film would be ambitious, controversial, and highly visible. But I felt that it was important, that I was qualified to do it, and that I could be fair. CNN gave me complete control (“final cut”) over the theatrical version, and a generous budget.

And then the fun began. The day after the contract was signed, I received a message from Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton’s press secretary. He already knew about the film, and clearly had a source within CNN. He interrogated me; at first I answered, but eventually I stopped. When I requested an off-the-record, private conversation with Mrs. Clinton, Merrill replied that she was busy writing her book, and not speaking to the media.

Next came Phillipe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s media fixer, who contacted various people at CNN, interrogated them, and expressed concern about alleged conflicts of interest generated because my film was a for-profit endeavor (as nearly all documentaries and news organizations are). When I contacted him, he declined to speak with me. He then repeated his allegations to Politico, which published them.

CNN and I decided to publicly confirm the film project to clear the air. Immediately afterwards, the chairman of the Republican National Committee announced that the Republicans would boycott CNN with regard to the Republican presidential primary debates in 2016. Shortly afterwards, the entire RNC voted to endorse this position. This did not surprise me. What did surprise me was that, quietly and privately, prominent Democrats made it known both to CNN and to me that they weren’t delighted with the film, either.

In June, I attended a dinner for Bill Clinton, which was educational. Clinton spoke passionately about his foundation, about African wildlife, inequality, childhood obesity, and much else with enormous factual command, emotion, and rhetorical power. But he and I also spoke privately. I asked him about the financial crisis. He paused and then became even more soulful, thoughtful, passionate, and articulate. And then he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I’ve heard in quite a while.

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. 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. Well, actually, the reason that the law passed by that overwhelming margin was because of the Clinton Administration’s strong advocacy, including Congressional testimony by Larry Summers and harsh public and private attacks on advocates of regulation by Summers and Robert Rubin.

Wow, I thought, this guy is a really good actor. And I also saw one reason why Hillary Clinton might not be thrilled about my movie. I discovered others. In Arkansas, she joined the boards of Walmart and Tyson Foods. One of the largest donors to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is the government of Saudi Arabia. The Clintons’ personal net worth now probably exceeds $200 million, and while earned legally, both the money’s sources and the Clintons’ public statements indicate a strong aversion to rocking boats or making powerful enemies.

I would have loved to explore all this. But when 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. Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away. I even sensed potential difficulty in licensing archival footage from CBN (Pat Robertson) and from Fox. After approaching well over a hundred people, only two persons who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on-camera interview, and I suspected that even they would back out.

The fact that this documentary, about the woman who is sure to be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016, was railroaded every step of the way by both political parties tells you all you need to know about modern America. It is a complete and total Banana Republic.

Remember, had Barack Obama not been nominated in 2008, U.S. Presidents for over a 20 year period would have looked like this:

Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton…

So they put a puppet in for eight years and it’s become abundantly clear the political mob boss families don’t want to do it again in 2016.

Jeb Bush in 2024 anyone?

In Liberty,
Mike

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