The 9/11 ABC film flap

I wasn't going to say anything about the ABC 9/11 film (The Path to 9/11) that will be running next week. Normally I just can't get behind the idea that we should ask for censorship of anything before it's shown.

But ABC is clearly trying to be the new Fox News from the way it's behaving. They've happily sent screeners of the film to folks like Rush Limbaugh, and various right-wing bloggers. They're sending information about the changes they've made to the same folks (under the table). But they won't send a copy of the film to Bill Clinton, or Madeleine Albright.

The folks who've actually seen the film seem to be delighted that it implies that 9/11 is Clinton's fault (apparently too busy with Monica to pay attention to terrorism) and that Madeline Albright tipped off Afghanistan so that they could get Osama Bin Laden to safety.

ABC's reaction thus far seems to be that they will run a disclaimer that sort of - well- kind of - lets the viewer know that not everything in the film MIGHT be exactly as depicted. They're essentially claiming that the movie isn't a documentary, but is based on the 9/11 commission report. This seems to be a polite way of saying "hey, we pulled all this stuff out of our ass". But not really saying it.

Anyway, a number of folks are demanding that ABC either fix the film (not likely in the next few days) or pull it completely. Today Bill Clinton joined their ranks.

To add insult to injury, ABC has joined with Scholastic Books to send letters out to schools all over the country asking parents to have their kids watch this "educational" film.  If the education they're looking for is to show how propaganda works, then it is educational indeed. 

If you feel strongly about this, please click on the banner at the top of the page, which will take you to the Think Progress site where you can send an email to ABC about the film. Also, you might want to contact your local ABC affiliate.

- Letter warns of gross misrepresentation; Writer scenes 'improvised.'



September 7, 2006 - 11:50am