Saturday, January 05, 2013
"Blocking 'The Path to 9/11': The Anatomy of a Smear" from Citizens United: Did the Dems harass ABC to protect the Clintons?
Citizens United has a DVD. “Blocking the Path to 9/11: The Anatomy of a Smear”, directed by John Ziegler (2008, 94 min), a documentary examining the 2006 ABC documentary “The Path to 9/11” reviewed on my “do ask do tell” site.
This film maintains that political interests in the Democratic Party tried to get ABC to alter or even not air its 5-hour television miniseries (240 minutes), which finally did air in September 2006. The film says that Disney, in contradiction to the fiduciary interests of its shareholders, refused to release a DVD of the miniseries (or even respond to apparent interest from Lionsgate), in order to protect politicians like Hillary Clinton. Imdb still does not show a DVD available, and Amazon says to sing up to be notified when a DVD (of the original miniseries) is available. Disney did not push the series into the Emmy’s (but it got some nominations anyway). Participant Media declined to support it. Also, other elements of Hollywood, like the WGA, have declined to support the ABC film.
A central controversy is whether the Clinton White House missed a chance to get Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. There is one big well-known “miss” from a cruise missile in 1998; but Ziegler’s documentary says that multiple occasions for strikes and raids are compressed in the miniseries for simplicity, and in actual fact Clinton had numerous opportunities for airstrikes that he declined (or could not be reached).
Lead Democrats (including Harry Reid) complained that ABC had promised a “documentary” but changed it to “docudrama” and eventually fiction.
The TV film originally carried the clandestine working title “A History Lesson” and the principle screenwriter (Cyrus Nowrasteh) had to present an annotation of his script so that ABC could get an “errors and omissions” policy. The supervision of this script sounds remarkable given the recent controversy about Columbia’s “Zero Dark Thirty”, not yet in wide release (but due everywhere Jan. 11).
The film suggests that the controversy may have helped Barack Obama get the 2008 nomination instead of Hillary.
It is true that as President, Bill Clinton seemed much more concerned about North Korea than Al Qaeda. That could have happened because the US had a long history of conniving with Islamic militants after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
The official site is here.
See also Citizen’s United “Hillary: the Movie” on the Movies blog, March 25, 2009.