Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Path to 9/11: Propumentary or Docuganda?

Clinton Administration Officials Assail ABC's 'The Path to 9/11'

Top officials of the Clinton administration have launched a preemptive strike against an ABC-TV "docudrama," slated to air Sunday and Monday, that they say includes made-up scenes depicting them as undermining attempts to kill Osama bin Laden.

Former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright called one scene involving her "false and defamatory." Former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger said the film "flagrantly misrepresents my personal actions." And former White House aide Bruce R. Lindsey, who now heads the William J. Clinton Foundation, said: "It is unconscionable to mislead the American public about one of the most horrendous tragedies our country has ever known."

ABC's entertainment division said the six-hour movie, "The Path to 9/11," will say in a disclaimer that it is a "dramatization . . . not a documentary" and contains "fictionalized scenes." But the disclaimer also says the movie is based on the Sept. 11 commission's report, although that report contradicts several key scenes. more

Former Clinton officials claim that certain parts in the movie are blatantly false. Since I haven't seen it I can't really say too much about it but what is disturbing is that ABC had whipped up packs of educational materials to go along with the docudrama. Somehow I doubt that they are geared towards film schools. Seems like they are trying to pass it off as true by going that route. I'm smelling a huge libel/slander type suit coming once/if it airs.

What I find most disturbing is that again the lines between history/truth/entertainment are being blurred even further. And thats pretty high on my list of Last Things We Need.