ABC and “The Path to 9/11”

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If you haven’t already, check out this activist site dedicated to the noble work of giving ABC/Disney hell over its dodgy docudrama “The Path to 9/11,” which was written by a right-wing activist and by all accounts contradicts the 9/11 Commission Report, on which it’s supposedly based.

In brief:

  • The film places the blame for failing to prevent the attacks on the Clinton administration while overlooking the Bush administration’s failures
  • Preview copies of the film have not been sent to left-wing bloggers, but marketed aggressively through advance copies among right-wing bloggers, radio hosts, and pundits
  • ABC plans to distribute the film free through iTunes and ABC.com, and is pushing for it to be used as an educational resource
  • The folks who put this site together are demanding, via an open letter, that ABC either correct the film’s errors or yank it; label it a work of fiction; reveal the marketers responsible for hiding this film from lefty opinion leaders; and nix the planned outreach to educators.

ThinkProgress is gathering and debunking the film’s errors here.

UPDATE: Educational media giant Scholastic, Inc., which is providing classroom companion guides, is redoing the materials on the grounds that the originals “did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues.” (TPM Muckraker)

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