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

Hey, RNC and Bill O'Reilly! Remember this?

Glenn Greenwald's got the goods on statements made by the RNC and conservative pundits back in 2003 when they successfully forced CBS to cancel The Reagans--on the grounds that it was fictionalized history and contained fabricated dialogue.

Really? Fictionalized history and fabricated dialogue was of concern to right-wingers? Huh.

The argments they made then apply pefectly to Path to 9/11, but far more so. Glenn compiled the best quotes he could find here.

This is not just garden-variety hypocrisy - it is a standard that was set by them and by CBS, and there is no way to justify not applying it to a much more important topic -

Ed Gillespe, RNC Chairman -- Scarborough Country, 11/6/2003 (via Lexis)
GILLESPIE: And I think it was important that it be historically accurate. And if they didn't intend to make it historically accurate to make surethat viewers understood that it was not intended to be historically accurate but a fictional portrayal. So we made two requests: One is having historians review it for accuracy if you're going to broadcast it. And if you're unwilling to do that, inform the viewers that it's not historically accurate. That's not censorship, that's common sense. . .

I've sent a similar letter to the head of Showtime making the same point: "If you're not willing to have it reviewed for historical accuracy, make sure your viewers understand that it's a fictional portrayal. You know, in this society that we live in and with the media culture that we have, there's infotainment and docudrama and reality TV, and the lines between fact and fiction blur. That's fine when it's entertainment, but when you're talking about the formative phase of the Reagan legacy formation, I think that it's important that we get things right. . . .

I think that same standard should apply to the late president John F. Kennedy or to Jimmy Carter or any president. If you're going to portray a presidency and a president, I think you should do all you can to make sure it's accurate. . . .

Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly Factor "Talking Points", 11/4/2003 (Via Lexis)
Well, fine, but how could CBS green light the film in the first place knowing that the producers, the director and the featured actors are all left wing thinkers?

That would be like CBS commissioning a movie about the Clintons written by Rush Limbaugh and starring Dennis Miller and Ann Coulter.


Blogger Coach Marty said...

Now that's funny- And all you left wingers were crying censorship and freedom of speech. Funny how things come around, eh?

12:22 PM  
Blogger Jen Nix said...

marty--you are (not surprisingly) missing the point. the problem here is that ABC is claiming this movie is "based on the 9/11 Commission Report" in all its marketing. That was a bi-partisan report, yet none of the Democratic commissioners were consulted on this, nor are they being paid, as Tom Kean is. Very distasteful, don't you think, for Tom Kean to trade in and make money off his 9/11 Commission role.

9/11 was an American tragedy, that should not be airbrushed by Republicans. Just admit it. You're wrong, Marty. And if ABC had nothing to hide, why hide the film from Democrats. It's simnply outrageous, as is your meek little attempt to defend and indensible position.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, here the names, titles and email addresses for a number of key senior Disney decision makers I found, starting at the top
with the CEO and board of directors are at the bottom.

Let's make our voices heard and see if we can get these guys to pull this blatantly obvious Bush propaganda. ABC may profit from the predictable controversy but airing a film designed to obfuscate Bush's responsibility for 9/11 will cause ABC to suffer greatly in the estimation of serious people.

Disney and ABC should leave the RNC propaganda to Fox, it's not ABC's demographic.

Robert Iger - CEO - robert.a.iger@disney.com

Rich Ross - President of Disney Channel Worldwide - rich.ross@disney.com

Sean Cocchia - VP/Business Development, Disney Channel Worldwide- sean.cocchia@disney.com

Gary Marsh - Disney Channel Worldwide President of Entertainment - gary.marsh@disney.com

Sarah Shelton - Assistant to Gary Marshsarah - shelton@disney.com

Scott Garner - SVP/Programming, Disney Channel - scott.garner@disney.com

Karen Myer - Assistant to Scott Garner - karen.myer@disney.com

Meredith Metz - Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, Walt Disney Television Animation - meredith.metz@disney.com

Lisa Salamone - The Head of Animation Production, Disney Channel - lisa.salamone@disney.com

Joanna Spak - The Head of Finance, Planning, etc., Disney Channel - joanna.spak@disney.com

Mark Kenchelian - The Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Disney Channel -mark.kenchelian@disney.com

Jewell Engstrom - CFO and Executive VP for Disney-ABC Cable Group - jewell.engstrom@disney.com

Olivia Stafford - Assistant to Jewell Engstrom - olivia.stafford@disney.com

Albert Cheng - EVP/Digital Media, Disney-ABC Television Group - albert.cheng@disney.com

Karen Hobson - Digital Media Communications Office, Disney-ABC Television Group - karen.hobson@disney.com

George Bodenheimer - Co-Chairman Media Networks Group - george.bodenheimer@disney.com

Nicole Nichols - Senior VP of Entertainment Communications, Disney-ABC Television Group - nicole.nichols@disney.com

Aime Wolfe - Assistant to Nicole Nichols - aime.wolfe@disney.com

Patti McTeague - VP of Kids Communications - patti.mcteague@disney.com

Siobhan Kenny - Acting Head of International Communications - siobhan.kenny@disney.com

Paul Lee - ABC Family Channel - paul.lee@disney.com

Annie Fort - ABC Family Media Relations - annie.fort@disney.com

Alex Wallau - President of Network Operations & Administration - alex.wallau@disney.com

David Westin - ABC News President - david.westin@disney.com

Mike Shaw - ABC Sales and Marketing President - mike.shaw@disney.com

Fred Kuperberg - Disney/ABC Executive VP of Business and Legal Affairs - fred.kuperberg@disney.com

Kara Rousseau - VP of Ad Sales Marketing for Disney/ABC Kids Networks - kara.rousseau@disney.com

Kim Harbin - Buena Vista Media Relations - kim.harbin@disney.com

Anne Gates - Disney Consumer Products Executive VP & CFO - anne.gates@disney.com

James Fielding - Senior VP, Retail Sales and Marketing for DCP - james.fielding@disney.com

Deborah Dugan - President of Disney Publishing - deborah.dugan@disney.com

Graham Hopper - Senior VP and General Manager of Buena Vista Games - graham.hopper@disney.com

Angela Emery - Director of Public Relations, Buena Vista Games - angela.emery@disney.com

Chris Bess - Buena Vista Home Entertainment - chris.bess@disney.com

Peter Murphy - Senior Adviser to Mr. Iger - peter.murphy@disney.com

Judy Estrin - Board of Directors - jestrin@packetdesign.com

John Bryson - Board of Directors - john.bryson@edisonintl.com

Monica Lozano - Board of Directors - monica.lozano@laopinion.com

John Chen - Board of Directors - john.chen@sybase.com

Gary Wilson - Board of Directors - gary.wilson@nwa.com

Leo Odonova - Board of Directors - leo.odonovan@mbna.com

Thomas Staggs - CFO/Senior V.P. - tom.staggs@disney.com

David K. Thompson - Senior Vice President - David.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the tag line at the top of this blog. "September 11th is a national tragedy, it should not be a subject for dishonest political propoganda." Hmmm
what was that other movie? " Fahrenheit 9-11"? You guys should have let it go, now a lot more people will want to know what the big deal is. Thank you for the hypocrisy: AGAIN!

5:18 PM  

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