Debate moderator extraordinaire says GOP is using the Clinton flap to make much-needed changes to it primary debate strategy
Candy Crowley's not ready to pull a Chuck Todd on her network — yet.
While Todd blasted NBC for its plans to air a mini-series about Hillary Clinton close to her possible 2016 presidential run, calling it a "total nightmare" on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Crowley couched her words.
She told Politico that while a branch of CNN producing a documentary made her "life more difficult," CNN and CNN Films are separate entities with no influence on each other's content.
"This is a commissioned documentary from people who are not in the employ of CNN," Crowley said. "It’s not me. It’s not Wolf Blitzer. It’s not John King. It’s an outside documentary group. But we’re with CNN and so this is not a story where the nuances are well-received, particularly by Republicans."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has threatened to pull GOP primary debates from both CNN and NBC should they proceed with their plans, something Media Matters and Chuck Todd agreed with.
But Crowley suggested that Priebus was using the documentary and miniseries to reduce the number of GOP primaries after the 2012 election left eventual Republican candidate Mitt Romney bruised and burnt out before his presidential campaign even started.
On the other hand, Crowley said, "airtime is airtime," so any Clinton publicity could be good publicity for her presidential campaign. "Politically, it makes it very difficult for me," she said. "But I also think it is being used by the chairman."