The pressure is really on ABC. Bill Clinton is boiling mad about the docudrama “The Path to 9/11” because it doesn’t make him look very good, and he’s demanding that the network pull the movie unless changes are made:
September 7, 2006 — WASHINGTON – A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series “The Path to 9/11” grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden – and he is demanding the network “pull the drama” if changes aren’t made.
Clinton pointedly refuted several fictionalized scenes that he claims insinuate he was too distracted by the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal to care about bin Laden and that a top adviser pulled the plug on CIA operatives who were just moments away from bagging the terror master, according to a letter to ABC boss Bob Iger obtained by The Post.
The former president also disputed the portrayal of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as having tipped off Pakistani officials that a strike was coming, giving bin Laden a chance to flee.
“The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely,” the four-page letter said.
The movie is set to air on Sunday and Monday nights. Monday is the fifth anniversary of the attacks.
Based on the 9/11 commission’s report, the miniseries is also being provided to high schools as a teaching aid – although ABC admits key scenes are dramatizations.
The letter, written by Bruce Lindsey, head of the Clinton Foundation, and Douglas Bond, a top lawyer in Clinton’s office, accuses the ABC drama of “bias” and a “fictitious rewriting of history that will be misinterpreted by millions of Americans.”
Clinton, whose aides first learned from a TV trailer about a week ago that the miniseries would slam his administration, was “surprised” and “incredulous” when told about the film’s slant, sources said.
Albright and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger also dashed off letters to Iger, accusing the network of lying in the miniseries and demanding changes.
ABC spokesman Jonathan Hogan last night defended the miniseries as a “dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 commission report, other published materials and personal interviews.”
“Many of the people who have expressed opinions about the film have yet to see it in its entirety or in its final broadcast form,” he said. “We hope viewers will watch the entire broadcast before forming their own opinion.”
From what I understand, the movie portrays both the Clinton and the Bush Administrations as dropping the ball leading up to 9/11. Yet we don’t hear anyone from the Bush Administration complaining, and they have the most to lose with midterm elections coming up. Instead, we hear yelps and howls of “it’s not fair” coming from former Clinton administration officials.
So will ABC collapse under the weight of pressure from Bill Clinton and his cronies and make the changes they demand, or will the network demonstrate some backbone and show the movie as is?
If you would like to counter the Democrats’ efforts to censor this movie, contact the network here.
Update II: Daniel Freedman at It Shines for All, the NY Sun blog, makes a great point:
Just imagine the “free speech” protests from the left if it was Republicans trying to force a studio to make changes.
Exactly. Free speech. It’s just for Democrats.
Update III: I really like John Hawkins‘ line:
Having the Clinton Administration complain that they look bad in this mini-series is like a football team that lost a game 56-0 griping that the highlight reel on the news that night made them look bad.
Update IV: Brian at Iowa Voice has done a little research and found that the executive producer of “The Path to 9/11” has given money to a number of Democrats, including Bill Clinton. It’s kind of hard to for Democrats to continue their “this is a conservative smear campaign” in light of this information. Hat tip: Sister Toldjah