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Chuck Todd: Hillary miniseries ‘a total nightmare for NBC News’

NBC News political director Chuck Todd on Thursday labeled the new NBC miniseries about Hillary Rodham Clinton a "total nightmare" for the network's news division -- adding another voice to the increasing backlash against the project.

"This is why this miniseries is a total nightmare for NBC News," Todd said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "We know there's this giant firewall. We know that we have nothing to do with it. We know that we'd love probably to be as critical or whatever it is going to be, if it comes out."

Todd added, though, that regardless of whether the Clintons or Republicans are upset with the portrayal, NBC News will pay the price.

"No matter what, only we are going to own it, because people are going to see the peacock, and they see NBC, and they see NBC News, and they think, 'Well, they can't be that separate,' " Todd said.

Todd later tweeted:

The Republican National Committee announced earlier this week that it would not partner with NBC or CNN for debates if they pushed forward with planned projects about Clinton's life story.

Some voices on the left have also joined the effort, including New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America.

The host of "Morning Joe," former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough (Fla.), also offered some critical words about the project.

NBC and CNN have shown no signs of backing off, though.

Update 5:34 p.m.: Andrea Mitchell, another major voice on NBC News, also criticized the Hillary Clinton miniseries on Thursday.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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