The Path to 9/11

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Update: 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Is DVDebunked

Why isn't the 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11 on a path to DVD? On Thursday at Disney's annual stockholders' meeting, one person (mutual-fund manager Tom Borelli) posited that CEO Robert Iger — a onetime backer of Hillary Clinton's senatorial run — has stymied the DVD's release so as not to impair her bid for the presidency. Sources have since corrected the Reporter's other details on that meeting, saying that Borelli never produced a document confirming the DVD's shelving, and questioning other data he presented to make his case.Iger dismissed Borelli's claim, explaining that the DVD's status was purely the result of a business decision — numbers don't suggest that a DVD release would find an audience, let alone be profitable — and not influenced by politics.  Read Full Article

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Update: 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Is DVDebunked

Why isn't the 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11 on a path to DVD? On Thursday at Disney's annual stockholders' meeting, one person (mutual-fund manager Tom Borelli) posited that CEO Robert Iger — a onetime backer of Hillary Clinton's senatorial run — has stymied the DVD's release so as not to impair her bid for the presidency. Sources have since corrected the Reporter's other details on that meeting, saying that Borelli never produced a document confirming the DVD's shelving, and questioning other data he presented to make his case.Iger dismissed Borelli's claim, explaining that the DVD's status was purely the result of a business decision — numbers don't suggest that a DVD release would find an audience, let alone be profitable — and not influenced by politics. read more

9/11 Mini "Hailed" for Maxi Falsehoods

The Center for Media and Democracy's Falsie awards, which recognize "the most heinous polluters of the information environment" this year lauded first-place dishonors upon ABC's The Path to 9/11 miniseries. Per Variety, the CMD says ABC used "the fifth anniversary of the September 2001 terrorist attacks.... as an opportunity to rewrite history," airing a mini purportedly based on the official 9/11 Commission Report but which included "fabrications that are directly contradicted" by its source material. Accepting the award for ABC: Donald Rumsfeld. read more

So The Path to 9/11 is ...

Question: So The Path to 9/11 is "seriously well done," huh? Does an obvious political bias and a shameful disregard for the facts matter? While I realize all docudramas are somewhat fact-flawed by nature, I find this one particularly distressing, as it capitalizes on one of the most traumatic events in this country's history. Does it matter that this is being presented with the 2006 election right around the corner? Is this responsible, or merely partisan entertainment, designed to further drive a wedge between the citizens of this country? Answer: I found the movie to be tough on both administrations, Clinton's and Bush's. I didn't see it as a whitewash of the Bush camp, as liberals are carping, or as a screed against Clinton's, as the conservatives are crowing. Given that my deadline for writing about this movie came before the partisan attacks in the blogosphere and criticisms by members of the 9/11 Commission became public, I can only defend my opinion by saying I was judging The read more

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Premise: Harvey Keitel stars in this dramatization, based in part on the 9/11 Commission Report, which focuses on efforts to track Islamic terrorists in the wake of the 1993 World Trade Center attack. In Part 1, FBI agents catch one of the bombers, but have trouble convincing "the guys upstairs" of the seriousness of the threat as they go after their first big fish: bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef. Neil Herman: William Sadler. Richard Clarke: Stephen Root.

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