Maureen Dowd: Reince Priebus Is Right On Hillary Films

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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd backed RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in her column Wednesday, agreeing that NBC’s and CNN’s plans to air productions on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could unfairly glorify the potential presidential candidiate.

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

Priebus slammed NBC Entertainment and CNN in a letter Monday for their “thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election,” threatening to pull the networks’ partnerships for the 2016 presidential primary debates. Dowd stopped short of endorsing that demand, however.

“Of course, Priebus being Priebus, he went on to say something goofy, petulantly threatening to cut NBC and CNN out of Republican debates if they don’t cancel their Hillary shows by Aug. 14,” she added.

The founder of the liberal non-profit Media Matters for America also backed the RNC chairman Tuesday.

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