In late 2012, CNN Films approached me about directing a documentary. We discussed a number of potential subjects, and eventually settled on Hillary Rodham Clinton. The film would be ambitious, controversial, and highly visible. But I felt that it was important, that I was qualified to do it, and that I could be fair. CNN gave me complete control (“final cut”) over the theatrical version, and a generous budget.

And then the fun began…

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This, of course, was the real consequence, and probably the real intent, of the announcements by the RNC, Philippe Reines, and David Brock. Neither political party wanted the film made. After painful reflection, I decided that I couldn’t make a film of which I would be proud. And so I’m cancelling. (Not because of any pressure from CNN — quite the contrary.) It’s a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become. But I don’t think that it’s a victory for the media, or for the American people. I still believe that Mrs. Clinton has many virtues including great intelligence, fortitude, and a deep commitment to bettering the lives of women and children worldwide. But this is not her finest hour.


Note:  Charles Ferguson directed the Wall Street documentary Inside Job, and is the author of Predator Nation.

4 thoughts on “Reality of Plutocracy: Charles Ferguson explains why he is cancelling Hillary Clinton documentary

  1. H. Clinton will always be remembered by me for her barbaric statement after Gaddafi was brutally murdered on the streets of Sirte. She literally cackled, “We came, we saw, he died.” Google the video clip if you haven’t seen it.


    • Disgusting. From a purely political perspective, I have a big problem with corporatists as epitomized by Bill and Hillary on the Democratic side and by the entirety of the party leadership on the Republican side.


  2. I am not a harsh critic of Hillary, in fact I am a fan of hers. I don’t agree with everything she has said, believes, and does but that is the case with every politician. I voted for her in the 2008 primaries and no I am not a centrist Democrat, radically Progressive is more like it. Now Bill Clinton I am much more critical of, but I don’t think one can say Bill and Hillary are joined at the hip. Is she my ideal candidate for President in 2016, no, that would be someone like Bernie Sanders. However I think she has what it takes and that is needed to make a fine President in 2016 given the state the Country and World is in. If she runs she will be the nominee of the Democratic Party for that is of little doubt. If her or Rand Paul or Marco Rubio, the choice is clear for almost anyone on the left.


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