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John Fund: Get Ready For The Hail Hillary Movies

From National Review:

Get Ready for the All-Hail-Hillary Movies

By John Fund | July 29, 2013

I wasn’t surprised to learn that sometime before the 2016 election, NBC will be releasing a four-hour miniseries about Hillary Clinton starring Academy Award nominee Diane Lane.

Of course, the networks have not limited their fawning over Hillary to a measly four hours. With them, it’s 24/7.

What did surprise me was that the series will cover none of her life before the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which took place five years into her husband’s second term as president and when Hillary was already 51 years old.

Since Monica surfaced in 1997, they might even skip that.

It’s as if her first half-century will be airbrushed away, along with the many scandals that dogged her in those decades.

While the series will still have a lot of ground to cover — impeachment and the “vast right-wing conspiracy” she suspected, her successful 2000 Senate race, her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries, her time as secretary of state and her role in the Benghazi debacle — it’s striking that so much rich material will be excluded even before footage is discarded on the cutting-room floor….

Health-Care Gate: In 1997, federal judge Royce Lamberth levied $286,000 in sanctions against Bill Clinton’s administration for “running amok” in a “cover-up” of Hillary Clinton’s health-care task force…

Filegate: The confidential FBI files of up to 900 former Reagan and Bush appointees were sent over to White House security chief Craig Livingstone. Deputy White House counsel William Kennedy, a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s from their days at the Rose Law Firm, would frequently call up the FBI and have someone’s files sent over on his say-so. Then–FBI director Louis Freeh called it “an egregious violation of privacy.”

Cattle-Futures Gate: Hillary Clinton came under scrutiny when, during her tenure as first lady of Arkansas, she managed to turn a $1,000 investment in cattle futures into a profit of nearly $100,000 in only nine months. She claimed she had learned how to trade by reading the Wall Street Journal. Her broker had earlier been suspended from trading for a year after he was charged with manipulating the egg-futures market.

Travelgate: In May 1993, Hillary Clinton wrote an infamous note demanding action to “get our people” into the White House Travel Office. Billy Dale, its director, and six of his employees were quickly fired on the basis of rumors that they had engaged in criminal conduct; the rumors were cooked up in part by a 25-year-old cousin of Bill Clinton’s who wound up running the travel office.

Dale was indicted on charges of embezzling $88,000 from the office. Jurors took only two hours to acquit him of all charges. Hillary Clinton refused an interview request from the General Accounting Office about her role in the affair. The late New York Times columnist Bill Safire concluded after Travelgate that Hillary Clinton was “a congenital liar.”

Whitewater Gate: The tangled web of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater real-estate dealings in Arkansas prompted Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate. Jim McDougal, a Clinton business partner who went to jail over Whitewater, famously described the Clintons as “sort of like tornadoes moving through people’s lives.” …

Billing-Records Gate: The records of Hillary Clinton’s clients at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas were subpoenaed for years by investigators looking into Whitewater. They were finally discovered on a coffee table in the private quarters of the White House. No one ever explained how they got there.

All this juicy drama will remain off the table in the miniseries, but the website Indiewire.com reports that NBC executive Robert Greenblatt is promising skeptics the biopic will be “even-handed in terms of criticism and praise when it comes to dealing with Clinton and her work.” …

And, again, we are supposed to believe NBC is just doing this for ratings. To beat out ‘Mad Men.’

Despite such reassurance, if this biopic achieves balance, it will only be by overcoming the prejudices of its screenwriter, Courtney Hunt, who is known in Hollywood as an admirer of Hillary Clinton’s… Hunt told the Huffington Post that when it comes to women’s rights, “I feel that everything after 1979 has been going backwards.” Ronald Reagan was first elected president in 1980…

NBC isn’t the only entertainment entity making a Hillary film in the run-up to the next presidential election. Director James Ponsoldt plans to release Rodham in 2016. It will focus on her early years with Bill Clinton and her tenure as a 27-year-old junior counsel on the House Judiciary Committee when President Nixon was impeached…

In March 2008, as Hillary Clinton was running for president, Jerry Zeifman — the chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee at the time of Nixon’s impeachment and a lifelong Democrat — expressed his profound disappointment with her work on the committee. Among her transgressions were lying, removing files from the committee offices without permission, and arguing that Nixon shouldn’t be allowed any legal counsel before the committee. “I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff,” he told me. “My only regret was I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations. I could not recommend her for any subsequent position of public or private trust.”

In fact, Jerry Zeifman is a lifelong Democrat. And in that aforementioned 2008 interview, Mr. Zeifman explained why he fired Hillary from the staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation, making her one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career. “Because she was a liar… She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

People who have seen the draft for Rodham say that the script skips over any mention of the controversy that surrounded the future Mrs. Clinton’s time on the impeachment committee. On that, I am not surprised at all.

Ironically, an accurate portrayal of Hillary’s actions on the Watergate committee would make a pretty good movie. But Hollywood doesn’t want to make a good movie about Hillary. They want to make a movie that is good for her campaign.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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