NBC's in kind donation to Hillary Clinton
Recent news that NBC, which is owned by the Comcast corporation, will produce a four-hour miniseries on the career of former senator, First Lady, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has thrown new light on the communication giant’s long record of support for Democratic politicians and candidates.Hillary Clinton is almost as overrated a politician as Obama is. Some channel should run Hillary: The Movie against the NBC flix to give balance to the subject matter. I have tuned out NBC for the most part unless they are carrying a football game I find interesting.
David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, raised more than $1.4 million for President Obama’s reelection effort. He also hosted a fundraiser for the president at his Philadelphia home.
The fundraiser reportedly brought in at least $120,000 for the campaign. Comcast employees chipped in another $135,000 to reelect the president, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
They also have donated $124,000 to Clinton’s prior senatorial and presidential runs.
The announcement of the miniseries has sparked criticism from some who say any film is likely to be friendly to Clinton, who is widely expected to run for president in 2016.
“I expect [NBC’s biopic] to cast her as a heroic, pioneering figure,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center.
NBC and its cable arm MSNBC have been criticized for leftward political leanings for some time. Shareholders of Comcast, the cable giant that owns NBC, pressed the company on its political slant at a May shareholder meeting.
Bossie, Graham, and others pointed out that five years after Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit group, was barred from airing its anti-Clinton documentary Hillary: The Movie, other corporations, some of which are tied to the Democratic Party, are bankrolling projects that likely will be friendlier to the Democratic superstar.
“I doubt that any of the liberal critics of the Citizens United decision will be out protesting that NBC has made a miniseries glorifying Hillary Clinton,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former Federal Election Commission attorney.