Does NBC stand for "Nonstop Broadcasting of Clinton?"
That seems like the case after Hillary Clinton made appearances on four NBC-related shows over a three-day period which began Saturday.
reports the Democratic presidential front-runner got a mountain of free publicity when, over 72 hours, she was seen on "Saturday Night Live," a "Today Show" town hall meeting, "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton" on MSNBC, and an interview on Telemundo.
NBC and Clinton insiders told Politico the four appearances were all booked separately, without any synergy from the network.
But not everybody buys that.
Mark Feldstein, professor of broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, told Politico: "These things are carefully orchestrated by both networks and campaigns, it's this intricate dance. Each tries to get best deal it can for itself and nothing is left to chance."
The influential politics blog also reports Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" — which also aired the town hall event — "weren't comfortable with blindly agreeing" to a simulcast, since they "couldn't guarantee the town hall wouldn't be made up entirely of 'softball questions.'"
It turns out NBC, despite its Clinton coup, is not completely happy with her campaign this week.
The Democratic front-runner's staff failed to get permission from NBC News to use a clip of Andrea Mitchell in a new TV ad that slams Republicans and the Republican-led Benghazi committee, The Washington Free Beacon
The ad takes on the GOP for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's recent suggestion that the committee's existence is a purely political move to try to torpedo Clinton's presidential bid.
"I just want to point out that they have used a little bit of my voice. They've used a little bit of Savannah Guthrie. NBC News in no way authorized them to use any of our material, and we had no idea this was coming," Mitchell said, according to the Free Beacon.
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