Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bubba Ballistic Over ABC/Disney Movie


By IAN BISHOP Post Correspondent

Via Raw

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." [...]


Lots more information by Matt Stoller here, including Democratic National Committee Executive Director Tom McMahon’s letter, and the letter from House Dems Conyers, Dingell, Harman, and Slaughter to ABC; and links for taking action.

A list of Disney’s holdings. Protest and boycott!

Also, in the CNN article dated July 30, 1996, President Clinton wanted Senate to hurry with new anti-terrorism laws, but was blocked by...

Yep, the Republicans.

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