Friday, September 08, 2006

Path to 9/11 paved with falsehoods?

It seems that the six-hour docu-drama being aired this weekend on ABC, The Path to 9/11, takes a great deal of poetic license with the 9/11 Commission Report and ultimately plays fast and loose with the truth. The final product, it seems, is nothing more than a right-wing propaganda tool designed to influence the outcome of the 2006 midterm elections through misrepresentation and fear. (Now why does that strategy sound so familiar?)

Below is the e-mail I received today from my good friends at Working Assets. If you'd like to act for change yourself, please drop a line to the folks at ABC and Scholastic.

ABC's 9/11 Distortions Get Even Worse

Tell ABC and Scholastic -- Cancel Your Slanted "Docu-Drama"

ABC has decided to honor the national memory of Sept. 11th by giving six hours of prime-time coverage to a fictional, "blame-Clinton" account of the events leading to that day -- and Scholastic, Inc. plans to show it in 100,000 classrooms. Tell them to drop these plans.

On September 10th and 11th, ABC is planning to air a "docu-drama" called "Path to 9/11," which is being billed as "an objective telling of the events of 9/11." In fact, the film was written by an unabashed conservative who twists the facts to blame President Clinton.

And since we wrote you on Wednesday, new details have emerged that show even more distortions and intentional conservative slant to the program.

Tell ABC to cancel this show -- and Scholastic, Inc. not to distribute it in our nation's schools.

Among the latest developments:

  • Approximately 900 copies went out to conservative bloggers and media personalities such as Rush Limbaugh -- but the producers flat-out refused to send a copy to former President Bill Clinton for review.
  • The show's producers have reassured conservatives that "blame on the Clinton team is [still] in the DNA of the project."
  • ABC has teamed up with Scholastic, Inc -- a textbook publisher -- to offer this propaganda with an accompanying "study guide" to 100,000 teachers across America.

It's simply stunning to think that as this fall's election approaches, a major television network (which pretends to be politically neutral) would devote six hours of prime-time programming to air such a slanted and wildly inaccurate program. It's unacceptable -- and we all need to take action to prevent it from happening.

Tell ABC and Scholastic to cancel the broadcast airing of this show, as well as its distribution to schools and teachers.

Want to increase your impact? Share this message with everyone you know who's interested in fair media and unbiased reporting on the events that led to Sept. 11th, 2001.

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Will Easton
Working Assets

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am glad to have read your blog tonight. There has been limited coverage up here and I couldn't find any source that spoke to what the controversy was about. So thanks for that...I am about to fire off an email.
Have a good weekend...I am off to see if I can find a pumpkin for our festivities tomorrow night.