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Netflix hires Susan Rice, and conservatives are leading a boycott

This is sending many subscribers over the edge.

Mar 29, 2018, 3:27 pm

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Audra Schroeder

On Wednesday, Netflix announced that it had hired President Obama’s former national security advisor Susan Rice to its board of directors, and conservative Twitter quickly led a charge to #BoycottNetflix.

Rice, who was also the former ambassador to the United Nations under Obama, will likely be helping Netflix with a global focus. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in the announcement: “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity, and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”

But many conservatives disagreed with that assessment, citing Rice’s involvement in downplaying the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. She was also criticized for “unmasking” the names of senior Trump officials collected in U.S. intelligence intercepts.

Many critics cited the fact that Netflix was reportedly in talks with Obama for a series (he appeared on the first episode of David Letterman’s new show) as even more proof of a targeted “propaganda” campaign. Many subscribers called for a boycott or canceled their membership.

We’ve reached out to Netflix for comment.

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*First Published: Mar 29, 2018, 3:27 pm