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ABC-TV's Mini-series on 9-11

Updated on February 8, 2013


The furor over ABC-TV's apparently slanted and innacurate "docudrama" on 911 is growing. And for good reason. ABC-TV's timing of the release is an obvious and crude attempt to use its public franchise to influence the November elections. Even more outrageous is the fact that the network has reportedly mailed out thousands of kits on the documentary urging public schools to use the biased and misleading material in our nation's classrooms. By this foul act, ABC-TV/Disney has lowered itself even farther into the sewer than Fox TV or the "History" Channel's "documentary" claiming that John Kennedy's assassination was arranged by Lyndon Johnson.

The furor over ABC-TV's "docudrama" continues as Democrats from the Clinton administration counter-attack against ABC-TV. Madeleine Albright calls the "docudrama" "false and defamatory." Richard Ben-Veniste, 911 Commission member--"Some scenes are complete fiction...The mis-characterizaions tended to support the notion that the President [Clinton] was not attentive to anti-terrorism concerns. This is the opposite from what the 9/11 Commission found."

At the very least this episode brings into question former New Jersey Governor, Tom Kean's intelligence and sense of fairness. Ditto for the people running ABC-TV and parent Disney. One wonders who was watching the store at the network and its parent.

9-12 THE FICTIONAL PATH TO 9-11 --NYT Editorial excerpts

"...One suggestion: when attempting to recreate real events on screen, you do not show real people doing things they never did.

"...The second episode was wrapped around a live speech by President Bush [What a coincidence!], which made it unfortunate that the most questionable scenes all seemed to make the Clinton administration look worse, and President look better, than the record indicates.

"Some of the most controversial scenes were cut at the last minute. But the first episode, for instance, showed CIA agents and the charismatic leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance perched outside a bin Laden camp, ready to swoop in and capture him if only Washington approved. The authorization is not granted, and the Afghan leader rails, 'Are there no men in Washington, or are they all cowards?' Yet neither CIA operatives nor the Northern Alliance leader ever laid eyes on Osama bin Laden, terrorism experts say....

" It was especially disturbing that Tom Kean, co-chairman of the 9-11 Commission and a former Republican governor of New Jersey, was willing to lend his prestige to this ill-considered project. Mr. Kean served as a senior consultant to the miniseries and has repeatedly defended it in public, even as several Democratic members of the commission criticized its distortions....Whatever his motives, he has tarnished his crefully nurtured image of a statesman above the political fray..."

[Kean is not very bright and not at all fair-minded.]


"Rarely has a television network presented a more perfectly matched double feature. President Bush's 9/11 address on Monday night interrupted ABC's 'Path to 9/11' so seamlessly that a single network disclaimer served them both: 'For dramatic and narrative purposes, the movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue, as well as time compression.'

"No kidding: 'The Path to 9/11 was false from the opening scene when it put Mohamed Atta both in the wrong airport (Boston instead of Portland, Maine, and on the wrong airline (American instead of US Airways.) It took Mr. Bush but a few paragraphs to warm up to his first fictionalization for dramatic purposes: his renewed pledge that 'we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor or support them.' Only days earlier the White House sat idly by while our ally Pakistan surrendered to Islamic militants in its northwest frontier, signing a 'truce' and releasing Al Qaeda prisoners. Not only will Pakistan continue to harbor terrorists, Osama bin Laden probably among them, but it will do so without a peep from Mr. Bush..."

PATH TO 9/11



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      Ralph Deeds 11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      You are correct tht I am a Democrat. But please point out what facts I omitted and/or why you think the "docudrama" was okay. Did you actually watch it? It seemed pretty slanted to me. And I didn't find the fact that ABC sandwiched a Bush campaign speech in the middle reassuring in the least. The most shameful thing of all was ABC's plan to provide the program to schools for use in school classrooms. Fortunately, that idea was abandoned after all the flack they got over the effort. Seems to me that the network which uses the public airways owes more to the public than to present a slanted program as a "public service" just before elections, whichever party it is slanted toward. The program's writer and director are both known very right wing idealogues, not to mention former NJ Republican governor, Tom Kean and former co-chair of the 911 commission who was a paid producer of the film.

      I would be interested in your reasons for disagreeing with me other than that you are a Republican/libertarian. Please tell me what "facts I I failed to quote".

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      Jonathan 11 years ago

      Okay, can we all just friggin' agree that everyone is biased! Good lord, I am biased toward Republican and Libertarian ideals. You're biased toward Democratic Party Ideals. We all believe what we want to believe, regardless of the facts. Unfortunately, the facts can support both sides, particularly when you only quote part of the facts!

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      Ralph Deeds 11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Olberman is on a roll these days.

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      sarahd 11 years ago

      9/11 Special Comment - Keith Olbermann

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      Ralph Deeds 11 years ago

      Ha! A a Dr. Laura fan, I presume?

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      spotswoode 11 years ago

      Time to take your lithium.