MSNBC host Chuck Todd admitted Thursday that a miniseries on Hillary Clinton slated to air on NBC has been a “nightmare” for the network’s news division.
The miniseries, which will star Oscar nominee Diane Lane playing the role of the former first lady, has drawn increased scrutiny as of late after the Republican National Committee demanded that the network pull the production or risk losing the right to air GOP presidential debates in 2016. Despite the network’s insistence that the miniseries is under the purview of the entertainment division, Todd, the political director of NBC News, expressed frustration.
The entire NBC family, Todd said, will be conflated with the program.
“This is why this miniseries is a total nightmare for NBC News because, you know, we know there’s this giant firewall, we know we have nothing to do with it, we know that we’d love probably to be as critical or whatever it is going to be, if it comes out,” Todd said.” But there’s nothing we can do about it.”
“And we’re going to only own the negative,” he continued. “Whether it’s negative because the Clinton people are upset that it’s too tough on them, or negative because the Republicans think it’s this glorification of her—no matter what, only we are going to own it, because people are going to see the peacock and they see NBC and they see NBC News and they think: ‘Well, they can’t be that separate.’”
Todd used his Twitter feed on Thursday to joke that a more intriguing political miniseries involves disgraced former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC):
To any entertainment folks looking for a compelling political mini-series: try John Edwards
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) August 8, 2013
It marked the second day in a row that an MSNBC host was critical of his own employer. On Wednesday, during a discussion of the RNC’s ultimatum, Joe Scarborough asserted that MSNBC and Fox News Channel are “exactly the same” at night.
Watch video of Todd’s remarks, via Mediaite: