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Republican protests, Democrats’ silence spell doom for Clinton film

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Following protests by Republican rivals, an Oscar-winning filmmaker has dropped plans to make a documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a planned TV miniseries about her has also been scrapped. Charles Ferguson, who was making the film for CNN, faced criticism from the GOP that it would promote the ex-U.S. secretary of state’s expected 2016 presidential bid, while Democrats appeared reluctant to speak to him.

“When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film,” he wrote. “After approaching well over 100 people, only two persons who had ever dealt with Mrs. Clinton would agree to an on camera interview, and I suspected that even they would back out.”

Ferguson, who won an Oscar for “Inside Job,” his 2010 documentary about the financial crisis, said Clinton was not cooperating and some Democrats were concerned about it as a commercial venture. Republicans, he said, claimed the film would promote Clinton, who is considering a 2016 White House run.