What's this all about?
ABC/Disney plans to memorialize the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with a fictional docudrama called "The Path to 9/11". Written by an avowed right-wing activist, this work of fiction directly contradicts the accepted record of the 9/11 Commission Report. President Clinton and former administration officials were denied an advance copy; Rush Limbaugh and obscure right-wing bloggers saw it last week. ABC plans to distribute this docudrama to 100,000 educators across the country. We've set up this site to encourage ABC to change its strategy. READ MORE.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Cautious Optimism about Scholastic Move

The original study guides that were to accompany the Mickey Mouse-u-mentary have been pulled, signifying some very good judgment on behalf of the folks at Scholastic. They will still be based on "The Path to 9/11" but they will now focus on media literacy and critical thinking skills. THAT can't be good for Disney/ABC.

Read the full press release here

Suggestion for Scholastic: Why not include in your guides some discussion of the role blogs are beginning to play in matters of media and democracy?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not encourage a side by side review of "The Path to 9/11" and "Fahrenheit 9/11"? Now THAT would invite some critical thinking and comparisons. No way would Scholastic DARE to offer anything "fair and balanced" for our school children. Scholastic is a front for right wing politics. Sorry, I'm not buying the "new guide" as anything but a pacifier. This movie should not be used as a teaching tool any more than porn...it amounts to political porn in my opinion.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not impressed with the updated Scholastic Study Guide. Why not have the students read the "official" 9/11 Commission Report and generate a study guide to discuss that.

7:41 PM  
Blogger mitchipd said...

Letter to Iger from Dem Senate leadership:
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/09/senate-democratic-leadership-threatens.html

Nice to remind them they're using the public's airwaves....

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Jay Diamond said...

Open Letter to Robert A. Iger, CEO of Disney, inc.

Dear Bob,

It is not a surprise to me that you are presently the focus of the condign indignation of so many Americans to whom your bastardization of recent tragic history represents a crime not only against the truth, but against the country itself.

The reason it is not a surprise is that anyone who has listened to the ten years of low-brow and ugly talk radio swill for which you have been personally responsible would have expected nothing else from you.

The problem is that Americans of at least normal intelligence do not tend to be among your talk radio listeners.

They are however, represented in your far more lucrative television audience, and they have now become painfully (and significantly) aware of how disrespectful you have been to the ideals championed by, and paid for with, the lives of so many valiant Americans over our noble history.

Let me help you understand their state of inflammation:

They detest you because they now know that you think those boys raising the flag at Iowa Jima, and those doomed heroes of Normandy Beach (many as young as 18 years old!), expended their lives so that you could sell commercials for penis pills to credulous listeners of the documented liars who infest your company's broadcasts.

They are now onto your ugly scam: Making tons of money by selling access to the uncritical ears of the specifically targeted morons who tune into your flatulent right-wing liars. The theory being that if these individuals are sufficiently dumb to take your radio goons seriously, then they are also malleable enough to spend money on the crap your low-rent advertisers put in front of them as well.

Lucky for you you just unloaded the radio baggage.

Good luck with the TV, now that millions of aware Americans know what you've been doing to them, and to the country they love.

1:01 AM  
Blogger SadButTrue said...

Reportedly they spent $40 million on this turkey. In an apparent effort to forestall an advertiser boycott, they were going to run it without ads. More money was spent on the Scolastic study guide, then again on a revised guide required due to public outcry. More money was spent to provide free distribution over iTunes. How is this not a large, illegal Republican campaign contribution?
ABC and Disney are exposed to potential lawsuits from Clinton, Madeleine Allbright, and other principals portrayed in the miniseries. Democratic senators have written ABC using words like 'trustee', 'public trust', etc., straight out of the broadcasting acts. Are these threats against ABC's license(s)?
There seem to be a lot of costs and liabilities associated with this project, and no profit or revenue stream. If ABC and Disney's stockholders were to launch a lawsuit against Iger & other top executives, claiming fiscal irresponsibility, how could they defend against it? This is a question no-one has yet asked.

7:56 AM  
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