Last month, Republicans thwarted NBC’s plans to elect Hillary Clinton president on a platform of feelings and being pretty like Diane Lane, threatening to reduce the number of televised presidential debates in 2016 to a mere two or three hundred. But now it seems that, amid all the partisan bickering, not wanting Clinton’s life story to be told is something Democrats and Republicans can agree on: CNN has canceled its own planned Hillary Clinton documentary after Inside Job director Charles Ferguson backed out, with members of both parties reaching across the aisle to join hands and create the clothesline that knocked Ferguson down.
Writing in The Huffington Post, Ferguson shares the inspirational story of bipartisan cooperation in making sure things don’t happen. “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,” Ferguson says of our one nation, united by the need to cover its ass. He details how he was rebuffed by all but two of the “hundred people” he approached and suffered pressure from both Clinton’s camp and the Republican National Committee, as D.C. briefly set aside its differences to come together and ensure Charles Ferguson couldn’t make his movie.
Of course, while some might argue that Ferguson could have made his documentary without their cooperation—that their refusal to participate, coupled with the Clintons' “amazing lies” that Ferguson mentions offhandedly in his blog, along with some possibly damning info he reveals about their political investors, would all make for its own compelling story—Ferguson likewise chose the most American of responses by just giving up, then complaining to the Internet about the people more powerful than him. “It's a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become,” Ferguson writes, lamenting the searing exposé of those money machines he might have made, had he not simply surrendered to them. And so, the system continues to work.