In an unexpected bipartisan alliance, the liberal watchdog Media Matters For America is planning to back the Republican National Committee's campaign to pressure NBC and CNN into canceling their respective Hillary Clinton film projects, POLITICO has learned.
On Tuesday evening, Media Matters founder and longtime Clinton ally
David Brock will send letters to the leadership at NBC Entertainment and
CNN International expressing support for RNC chairman Reince Priebus
and his pledge to pull the two networks' rights to moderate or sponsor Republican primary debates unless they pull their film projects.
Brock's motive is different from Priebus's, of course. In addition to
heading MMFA, Brock is the chairman of American Bridge super PAC, which
recently launched an effort called "Correct the Record" to
protect Clinton and other Democrats from "Republican smears." In his
letters to NBC and CNN, Brock suggests that the "right-wing noise
machine" is already pressuring those networks "to adopt its ideological
lens on Clinton."
"Given that this project could coincide with a potential Clinton
campaign, the timing raises too many questions about fairness and
conflicts of interest ahead of the 2016 election," Brock writes in
letters to both NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and CNN
Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, which were obtained by POLITICO. (Continues)