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Will ABC/Disney pull 'Path to 9/11'?

Variety is reporting that the folks in the hotseat at ABC/Disney are realizing the tidal wave of criticism surrounding its factually inaccurate, Bush-stroking terror porn, “Path to 9/11,” may be about to wash over them. This fiasco is threatening to sweep away careers in its wake.

Bill Clinton loyalists are demanding wholesale changes to the upcoming miniseries — and while ABC is making some snips, the alterations, insiders say, may not please the Dems.

But a bombshell decision may happen anyway: Sources close to the project say the network, which has been in a media maelstrom over the pic, is mulling the idea of yanking the mini altogether.

…While ABC declined to comment on specific changes, it’s believed that the Berger scene was among those being reworked.

The problem with that last bit of business, as John points out (he received a copy of the film), is that the falsified Berger scene is the dramatic conclusion of the first part of the two-night trashing of the history of 9/11:

We are 1 hour 54 minutes into the film, it is the culmination of the entire first two hours of the film. CIA agents on the ground with Commander Massoud have found bin Laden. They have him pin-pointed in a house. They are looking at the house with binoculars. They are on the phone with the CIA, that has patched in Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. Berger, like a bumbling ass, sits there, looking every which way, refusing to give them clearance to grab bin Laden who is in their literal grasp. The woman at the CIA has to lecture Berger about how intelligence works, like he’s some kind of moron. Berger literally looks like a deer caught in the headlights. He’s clueless, an idiot, a moron, unfit to serve in any public office – hell, I wouldn’t hire the guy to mow my lawn. After a very long pause, the agents are begging Berger to take some responsibility, stop being such a wuss, stop trying to cover his chicken-shit ass, you see Berger reach forward and the phone line goes dead. Clearly Berger has ended the call. Osama gets away. And Sandy Berger is personally responsible for killing 3,000 Americans and bringing down the World Trade Center twin towers.

Not only is this scene FAR MORE defamatory than any review I’ve seen to date, this is THE KEY SCENE of the entire first half of the movie. You can’t cut it, or a good portion of the movie just makes no sense. But Disney/ABC can’t leave the scene is because it simply did not happen. CIA agents weren’t on the ground, they weren’t with Massoud, nobody had bin Laden in their grasp, and Berger never refused to give the order to get the guy.

How, pray tell, are the crack editing staffers supposed to “rework” that scene to make it accurate if it didn’t happen.

Bill Clinton’s legal eagles sent a second letter to ABC’s Bob Iger, and outlined that they aren’t playing games, and are asking for the film to be pulled.

Although our request for an advance copy of the film has been repeatedly denied, it is all too clear that our objections to “The Path to 9/11” are valid and corroborated by those familiar with the film and intimately involved in its production.

— Your corporate partner, Scholastic, has disassociated itself from this proect.

— 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, who served as co-executive producer on “The Path to 9/11,” has stated that he raised concerns about the accuracy of several scenes in the film and that his concerns were not addressed during production.

— Harvey Keitel, who plays the star role of FBI agent John O’Neill, told reporters yesterday that while the screenplay was presented to him as a fair treatment of historical events, he is upset that several scenes were simply invented for dramatic purposes.

— Numerous Members of Congress, several 9/11 Commissioners and prominent historians have spoken out against this movie.

— Indeed, according to press reports, the fact that you are still editing the film two days before it is scheduled to air is an admission that it is irreparably flawed.

As a nation, we need to be focused on preventing another attack, not fictionalizing the last one for television ratings. “The Path to 9/11” not only tarnishes the work of the 9/11 Commission, but also cheapens the fith anniversary of what was a very painful moment in history for all Americans. We expect that you will make the responsible decision to not air this film.

Also:
* The Pet Goat excised from ABC 9/11 fantasy drama
* ABC/Disney’s ‘Path to 9/11’ meltdown

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Meanwhile, in the alternate reality of the people inhabiting WingNutDaily, the Kool-Aid is potent.

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No Osama on the radar

While the fiasco over the airing of the terror porn known as the “Path to 9/11” continues, it’s good to remind folks that the man behind the actual day of horror is still on the loose. (Raw Story):

According to a counterterrorism official, the Osama bin Laden “trail” has become “stone cold,” The Washington Post reports in Sunday’s edition.

“The clandestine U.S. commandos whose job is to capture or kill Osama bin Laden have not received a credible lead in more than two years,” write Dana Priest and Ann Scott Tyson. “Nothing from the vast U.S. intelligence world — no tips from informants, no snippets from electronic intercepts, no points on any satellite image — has led them anywhere near the al-Qaeda leader, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.”

All the film-based masturbation of Dear Leader by ABC can’t undo the fact that Mr. “Dead or Alive” is still out there.

Or is the Clenis responsible for that too?

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