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Don’t ‘promote’ Clinton: GOP to networks

AFP-JIJI

The Republican Party on Monday threatened to prevent two U.S. television networks from carrying party primary debates if they don’t abandon planned documentaries on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

NBC Entertainment is planning a miniseries and CNN is working on a documentary about the Democratic former secretary of state as she mulls a potential run for the White House in 2016.

“As an American company, you have every right to air programming of your choice,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt.

“But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded at your actions, which appear to be a major network’s thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Clinton, a former first lady and U.S. senator whose turn as America’s top diplomat earned her widespread praise, is seen as the Democratic front-runner for president. She has not said if she will run.