NBC news division in uproar over Hillary miniseries ‘total nightmare’


Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director, admitted that the Hillary Clinton miniseries his network’s entertainment division is planning is “a total nightmare” for the network’s news division.

When co-host Joe Scarborough noted that the network’s entertainment and news divisions are separate, Todd claimed that sometimes the divisions “are at war with each other,” and the miniseries is a case in point.

“This miniseries is a total nightmare for NBC News,” Todd admitted. “Because, 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, but there’s nothing we can do about it, and we’re going to only own the negative.”

Todd noted that if the miniseries is too critical, the Clintons will be upset; if it’s too complimentary, the GOP will cry foul. Either way, the news division will take the hits.

“ … 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 said.

GOP chairman Reince Priebus has warned that if NBC follows through with its plans to air the miniseries, it will not allow NBC’s news division to host any Republican primary debates in 2016.

Shortly after his “Morning Joe” appearance, Todd tweeted:

Edwards is the disgraced former Democratic presidential hopeful who eventually admitted to an affair and fathering a child with filmmaker Rielle Hunter while his wife underwent cancer treatments.

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