Disney Blames Clinton: "The Path to 9/11"

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ABC, whose parent company is Disney, plans to run a two-part "docudrama" about the events that led to the 9/11 attacks. The program claims to be culled from the 9/11 Commission Report though there's been an admission from ABC that facts have been dramatized and events compressed.

Advance copies of the program were sent to 900 people - right-wing bloggers, right-wing radio, and right-wing television folks for them to review. President Clinton, who is featured prominently and inaccurately in the film, was denied a copy. Scholastic, that educational supplies stalwart, planned to distribute study companions for "Path to 9/11" in our public schools.

The hubbub began when it became clear that the writer, partisan Republican Cyrus Nowrasteh, was intent on blaming 9/11 on Bill Clinton. In order to do so, he departed from the 9/11 report to fabricate situations in which the Clinton administration chose not to kill Osama bin Laden. And even though the program has yet to hit the airwaves, the media is already repeating the program's disinformation.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingClearly an attempt to rewrite history as George W. Bush's new clothes become more and more transparent, the Path to 9/11 is a piece of propaganda produced by partisan Republicans and distributed by and to partisan Republicans in order to (a) repeat the fiction of 'weak on terror' Democrats; and (b) take the heat off GWB.

I called my local ABC affiliate yesterday (Sinclair's WLOS) and spoke with the General Manager, Jack Connors. Connors liked saying, "You haven't seen it, have you?" in an attempt to get me to withhold judgment. I explained that the 900 right-wingers who saw it have provided a wealth of information. Connors was unmoved when I told him I would boycott his station, call his advertisers, and vow to boycott them as well. What got him was when I told him that airing this show was "dishonest and wrong". He sat in silence for several seconds, and I hung up.

The good news is that people are coming out against this blatant unamerican propaganda: Senate Democrats, Bill Clinton, Scholastic has withdrawn support, Harvey Keitel (who appears in the program), Richard Minter, and more.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingABC started feeling the heat from callers and media yesterday and released a silly statement claiming, "No one has seen the final version of the film, because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible." This, of course, is untrue. 900 right-wingers have seen the film, though ABC claims they continue to edit it.

Our job is to help ABC either fix the factual inaccuracies or pull the show. 9/11 was pivotal in our nation's history, and teaching Americans falsehoods about it is wrong. There are a lot of ways to get involved in this effort. Here are a few.

Send an email to Disney's Chair, former Senator George Mitchell
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Send an email to Robert Iger, President and CEO of Disney.

For Asheville area folks, call Jack Connors at WLOS (828-684-1340) and call WLOS advertisers to let them know they're about to lose money.

Write a letter to the editor.

Call your local cable company and have all Disney channels blocked, then tell Disney.

The public opinion worm is turning, and we can keep things moving in the right direction. Please leave contact info for ABC affiliates and advertisers for your area in the comments.

Comments

GregFlynn

GregFlynn left a handy list of ABC affiliates in a previous thread on this subject. click here to see it

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I know we've given a good deal of attention to this story already at BlueNC, but we're on the cusp of making a change. I figured one more push would be appropriate.

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And a good push it is.

You never know when that next phone call or letter is the one that makes the difference.

help keep the list of sponsors growing, folks!

i'll be adding to it over the next couple of days leading up to sunday's planned premiere.

make your own lists as well.

"we're banging pots and pans / to make you understand / we're gonna bury you, man"

Poor Disney

Can't even tell interesting lies.

My e-mail and response with Raleigh ABC

My First Letter:

Hello,

My name is Chris and I live in Raleigh. I am writing to inquire if
your station plans to air the ABC movie "The Path to 9/11" this
weekend?

If so, has your station been given an advanced look at this movie? Do
you feel that it accurately reflects the facts leading up to 9/11. From
what I have read ABC claims this movie was based on the 9/11 commission
report. How do you respond to the many people, including 9/11
commission member Richard Ben-Veniste, who say it does not. How do you
respond to Madeleine K. Albright saying the scenes involving her are
"false and defamatory?" How do you respond to Bill Clinton aide Bruce
Lindsey who said, "It is unconscionable to mislead the American public
about one of the most horrendous tragedies our country has ever known."

It find it very troubling that ABC would try to rewrite history in this
way and dishonor those who gave their lives 5 years ago.

If this airs, you'll be losing a viewer.

Thank you for your time.

____________________________________

Their response:

Thanks for writing. Yes we do. There will be plenty of opportunity for viewers to make their own decisions about this movie after it airs. They also have the right to not watch it. Certainly the level of discourse over 9/11 will be heightened and that may be the positive in this.
Regards,

General Manager

______________________________________

My reply:

I certainly agree that viewers will make their own decisions after this airs, but how are they to make informed decisions when the film is factually wrong and being presented as fact? Why is it necessary to fabricate and fictionalize the events leading up to and including 9/11. To do so dishonors those who gave their lives that day.

Misleading the public is wrong and you have a responsibility to tell the truth when you are using our public airwaves.

Once again if this airs you will be losing a regular viewer.

Thank you for your response,
Chris

Thanks.

Good stuff, clearly presented

Too bad it fell on deaf ears.

From the NYT...

Two retired F.B.I. agents said today that they had rejected advisory roles on the disputed ABC mini-series, “The Path to 9/11,” because of concerns about the program’s accuracy.

One of the agents, Thomas E. Nicoletti, was hired by the producers of the mini-series in July 2005 to oversee its technical accuracy, but left after less than a month because of scenes he believed were misleading or just false.

“There were some of the scenes that were total fiction,” said Mr. Nicoletti, who served as a supervisory special agent and a member of the joint terrorism task force before retiring in 2003. “I told them unless they were changing this, I could not have my name associated with it.”

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

My Response To ABC/Disney thru DCCC Site..

Mr. Iger,

Sir, I am not attempting to waste your valued time by sending you this. However, with all Due Respect intended, this so called docu-drama about the event's of 9/11 is nothing more than a slanderous attempt on the Democrat Party.

However, I do not address you as a regersitered voter of our country,I address you as a US Army Vietnam-Era Veteran and as a 12 year Veteran Firefighter / Rescue Tech.

"The Path to 9/11" mocks the truth and dishonors the memory of 9/11 victims and proud, honorable family's of countless Fire/Rescue & Ems Personnel who too lost their lives on 9/11!

This film is a conservative attempt to rewrite the history of September 11 to blame Democrats, just in time for the election. You should honor the trust the public has given you with our public airwaves by keeping this propaganda off the air.

All you can possibly hope to accomplish by airing it is to serve the cheap, irresponsible driven politicians you wish to serve by misrepresents the facts and completely distorting the truth.

Politics came into play on 9/11 no more than did the riseing & setting of the sun! The Clinton Administration DID NOT have any HARDCORE FACTS that Osama Bin Laden would send a attack upon us than did the BUSH Administration have HARDCORE FACTS to prove Saddam was holding WMD's!

If you desire to lay blame on someone or something then allow it to be laid upon the Intellegence Community whose responsibility it was to insure that HARDCORE FACTS were present in both cases, and I remind you that the facts simply were not there to point to eaither issue being true!

Iraq is very swiftly turning into another Vietnam gone very wrong. I personally fully support the troops in the field 100% but that doesn't mean I have to support their leadership!

As far as I am concerned ,if you persist in airing this script of Lies and half-truths then I am left with no choice but to insure that NO future ABC or Disney programming is viewed in my home and I will wholeheartly advise my friends to do the same.

Sincerely,

Daniel L. Siler

Robbinsville,NC

I also sent it.....

I followed a lead given by Syntax and sent it to the Feedback comments section of the WLOS Website. You alll can come bail me outta jail!HAAA!
Dan

saw that...

this shows what unbelieveable liars Disney/ABC are.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me