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Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today called for ABC to make clear to viewers that its upcoming television mini-series The Path to 9/11 is not a documentary account of the events and political decisions that preceded the terrorist attacks of that day.
"ABC has a responsibility to make clear that this film is not a documentary, and does not represent an official account of the facts surrounding the September 11th attacks," Rep. Slaughter said. "Disclaimers noting that The Path to 9/11 is a docudrama should be shown throughout its airing. We have yet to establish the impartiality and accuracy of the people behind this film and the claims it advances, and the American people need to know that."
Rep. Slaughter also expressed concern over the timing of the mini-series, as well as recent Republican rhetoric on the issue of national security and its connection to the war in Iraq.
"But what is far more important is the timing of this movie," Rep. Slaughter continued. "The anniversary of the attacks is an emotional time, and it is wrong for anyone to play on those emotions and use them to advance a political agenda."
"This is, regrettably, what many top Administration officials are doing with the rhetoric we have heard of late," Rep. Slaughter said. "We have been told we are in a fight against a new kind of fascism, and that individuals who question our current path in Iraq are morally equivalent to Nazi appeasers and those who would justify slavery."
"Such claims are more than just morally reprehensible and deeply irresponsible. They are also damaging to our country, making it difficult, if not impossible, to have a serious, non-partisan discussion about how best to protect our nation."
A FILM OF QUESTIONABLE INTEGRITY
Director of The Path to 9/11, billed as "an objective telling of the events of 9/11," admits that film is "not a documentary": The director of the film, David Cunningham, posted on the show's official blog that his work was "not a documentary..." For unexplained reasons ABC has already taken down its blog promoting the show. [Think Progress, 9/2/06]
the path to 9/11 makes numerous questionable claims - such as that the clinton administration passed on a surefire chance to kill or capture bin laden - that have already drawn criticism: Reviews of the film have shown it to contain questionable claims. According the reviewers of the film, who include Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and now counterterrorism advisor to ABC, the film's distorted version of history is inconsistent with the 9/11 Commission Report, upon which it claims to be based. [Think Progress, 9/5/06]
film's writer is a noted conservative activist: The writer of The Path to 9/11 is an unabashed conservative named Cyrus Nowrasteh. Last year, Nowrasteh spoke on a panel titled "Rebels With a Cause: How Conservatives Can Lead Hollywood's Next Paradigm Shift." He has described Michael Moore as "an out of control socialist weasel," and conducted interviews with right-wing websites like FrontPageMag. [Think Progress, 9/1/06]
Originally posted by dgtempe
As you may have already heard, ABC has come up with a Docudrama which will be airing soon, that shifts the blame of 9/11 to president Clinton.
with the upcoming elections, this conservative activist producer put this together it seems at the right timing... Americans are very easily manipulated.
Originally posted by dgtempe
the rabid right will suck it up
Dirty politics at work. That's all it is.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Flip it around and replace 'conservative' with 'radical liberal whack job' ... like Michael Moore in 2004? F911? George Soros trying to buy the election for Kerry in 2004 (God knows Kerry was too much of a dufus to be able to get it on his own).
Originally posted by vance
Well, Mr. Clinton wasn't all together impotent. He did do a good job taking out that
milk factory in afganastan. I mean he realy let that tomahawk go! He, he... No one remembers his failures. They will soon enough though. GO ABC GO!!!! LMFAO
Originally posted by SkittlesLA
Follow the finances. Money is the root of all evil.
Click here to watch Ben-Veniste-rips-ABC-s-fakeumentary-over-inaccuracies
Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 commission rips ABC over their many false representation of the 9/11 commission report and the use of it to market their 9/11 mini-series as the definitive account of the 9/11 tragedy. That to me is disgraceful. Making it available to only right wing sites is also a big indicator of how slanted this ABC/ Disney production is.