Why the Hillary Clinton documentary got canceled (and other questions)

I’m involved in several longer projects at the moment, but I want to give a tease of the data I’m uncovering about one of them. The project — “What is ‘ neoliberalism’ really? Who are they and what do they really want?”

Bill Clinton, and to all appearances Hillary as well, are “neoliberals” — meaning New Liberals, or Not-FDR Liberals. “Free market” liberals.

In that research I found this great article by Charles Ferguson, director of the award-winning documentary Inside Job. If you remember, Ferguson was asked by CNN to produce a film on Hillary Clinton. He explains:

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,” he adds.

I want to provide several pieces from this article — which I consider a must-read, by the way.

Why was the film canceled? Because both Dems and Republicans wanted it canceled.

Ferguson on why the film wasn’t made (my emphasis and paragraphing):

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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.

Next came David Brock, who published an open letter on his highly partisan Democratic website Media Matters, in which he endorsed the Republican National Committee’s position …

And on and on. Clinton wanted it dead. Republicans wanted it dead. Do read. Something’s going on.

But the article has other tantalizing bits as well. For example, these …

What are the Clintons really worth?

I’ve written before about Barack Obama wanting “Bill Clinton money” as a parting gift and Legacy Library bonus. I put “Bill Clinton money” at $80 million, as did Matt Stoller, enough to allow the Clintons to set the new upper bar for celebrity weddings, $3 million for Chelsea.

Turns out $80 million is old news. Ferguson:

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’ve seen Obama cash-out numbers (sorry, totally deserved post–public service income) set at $200 million. In light of the above, that seems low. Stay tuned.

Where does the Clinton Foundation money come from? What do they really do?

Here we go again. They say the Clinton Foundation does tons of great stuff. Ferguson again:

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.

Cool. But then, oops:

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.

Which suggests that maybe the “Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation” might be doing something other than their promoted agenda. Who are those funders again?

One of the largest donors to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is the government of Saudi Arabia.

And the Saudis are totally into charity work, right? Real Mothers Teresa. Totally not into anything we don’t like. Are you left wondering what the Clintons are doing in return? Me too.

What does this add to?

I don’t know. Tons more questions than answers, but questions that need answering. If you have information, please add them to the comments. I’m especially interested in:

Where does the Clinton Foundation / Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) get its money?
What Clinton Foundation work supports the global billionaire agenda?

Links would be especially appreciated. As always, thanks! And happy Thanksgiving. Me, I’m truly grateful for all of you. (Did I say the article is a must-read? Hope so. It is.)

[Updated for clarity. The umbrella organization is the (newly renamed) Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. CGI is one of its subgroups/events.]


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