NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd — the guy who complained NBC News would only “own the negative” aspects of NBC Entertainment’s planned Hillary Clinton miniseries, seemed in a much better mood this morning, after NBC Entertainment said late Friday the mini might never be programmed. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Todd said the Republication National Committee’s announcement Friday morning that it would block NBC from the GOP primary debates because of the miniseries (as well as CNN, over its planned Hillary Clinton docu) was “smart” if it limited the number of GOP primary debates, weeding out fame seekers. “About half the Republican field from 2012, if they didn’t have the debates, they would not have run. They simply ran for exposure — to get a talk show…to get a radio deal, a column, or a deal with Fox [News]. It wasn’t really because they thought they had a viable shot,” Todd said. He added, “One of the things in the whole celebrification of the presidential cycle is that it has allowed for this underbelly of candidates to say ‘Hey, I can show up, I get to be on national television’.” He then imagined if the RNC “had put as much effort as they put into this, to getting immigration reform passed.”
NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to whine about NBC Entertainment’s plans for a Hillary Clinton miniseries. “A total nightmare” for the news division, Todd called it. What’s knotting his knickers is a recent threat by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to yank primary debates from NBC after NBC Entertainment announced it had bought a Hillary Clinton miniseries. “There’s nothing we can do about it and we’re going to only own the negative,” Todd complained of the Clinton mini, announced at the just-wrapped Summer TV Press Tour 2013. “People are going to see the peacock, and they see NBC,” he said of the project, which NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said he hoped to broadcast before Clinton might declare a presidential run.
Here may be a good place to mention NBC News signed Chelsea Clinton to a short-term contract as a “special correspondent” in the fall of 2011 and renewed in ’12.
NBCUniversal‘s cable news network said this month that it will offer “in-depth, continuing coverage” of George Zimmerman’s murder trial, including going live “as news warrants.” This morning’s opening arguments indeed were live on MSNBC — and the network ended up having to apologize for it. No delay was in place as prosecutor John Guy began with a pointed quote from the defendant: “F—ing punks. These assholes always get away.” Chuck Todd, host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown and NBC News‘ chief White House correspondent, immediately apologized for the profanity and vowed that the network would deploy a delay going forward. But at least one other uncensored f-word also aired live. This is exactly the kind of scenario NBCU execs had in mind when they asked the FCC last week to consider revamping its policies on broadcast indecency.