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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.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Conyers and Leading House Democrats Weigh In

For Immediate Release: Contact: Jonathan Godfrey
September 6, 2006 (202) 226-6888

Conyers and Leading House Democrats Demand Accuracy in ABC 9/11 Film

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., joined by Reps. John Dingell, Jane Harman, and Louise Slaughter, today called on ABC to fix the inaccuracies in its mini-series The Path to 9/11, before its scheduled airing on September 10th and 11th. A copy of the letter from the four ranking Democratic Members follows.

Mr. Robert A. Iger
President and CEO
The Walt Disney Company

Dear Mr. Iger:

We are advised that ABC is scheduled to air a two-part mini-series entitled "The Path to 9/11" on September 10 and September 11. While we have not yet seen this program, news reports raise serious questions about its accuracy. Therefore, we request that the inaccuracies described herein be addressed immediately and that the program be thoroughly reviewed and revised for accuracy before it airs.

Among our concerns about the program are the following: first, it reportedly contains a scene in which Sandy Berger, the National Security Adviser to President Bill Clinton, declines to give Central Intelligence Agency operatives the authority to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden, and in which those operatives are outside a house where Bin Laden is located. This account has been expressly contradicted by Richard Clarke, a high-ranking counterterrorism official in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.

Second, the film reportedly contains a scene in which the Central Intelligence Agency declines to share information about the 9/11 hijackers with the FBI and ascribes that failure to the so-called "wall," limiting information sharing by the Department of Justice in certain circumstances, and established by the Department of Justice in an internal memorandum.

This scene is puzzling at best, and inaccurate at worst. According to a Republican Member of the 9/11 Commission, former Senator Slade Gorton, the "Department of Justice guidelines at issue were internal to the Justice Department and were not even sent to any other agency. The guidelines had no effect on the Department of Defense and certainly did not prohibit it from communicating with the FBI, the CIA or anyone else."

These two examples alone create substantial doubt about the overall accuracy of this program. September 11th is a day of mourning and remembrance for every American. We do not believe that it is appropriate for it to be tainted by false assertions of blame or partisan spin.

To avoid that occurrence, we urge you to review this film and correct these and other inaccuracies. We appreciate your prompt attention and reply to this time sensitive matter.

Sincerely,

Representatives John Conyers, Jr., John Dingell, Jane Harman, Louise Slaughter

4 Comments:

Anonymous Redwretch said...

ABC Disney is showing its true colors -- Truth be damned.

The Republican activists involved in the production of the film should not be allowed to lie to ABC Disney's viewers in this fashion.

Jen Nix is also wicked awesome!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I just got done calling them on the phone. Of course I got the obvious, transfered several times, hung up on, then upon calling back directed to an atutomated voicemail.

Maybe someone will have better luck than I...or at least help tie up the phones a bit to get the message to register:

"...help by calling ABC Headquarters and registering your opinion: 212-456-7777."

1:40 PM  
Anonymous kat said...

i don't think the link to the Moveon: Contact is correct...
it says "Thanks for Calling!" ... uh... not yet...

1:57 PM  
Anonymous odanny said...

Let them deal with the fallout, after I watch it I will flood this company with their liberty in retelling events from a partisan viewpoint.

Maybe someone will make a documentary about why we attacked Saddam Hussein after 9/11.

But it wouldn't be aired on ABC

2:51 PM  

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