Democrats Threaten Broadcast License of ABC Over Path to 9/11 Film
Posted by iusbvision on September 11, 2006
Democrats have issued a thinly veiled threat against ABC’s broadcast license over their 9/11 miniseries, The Path to 9/11, set to air last Saturday night, in a press release issued by the Office of the Senate Democratic Leader last Thursday. Bill Clinton contacted ABC CEO Robert Iger in an effort to yank the film. Cyrus Nowrasteh, the writer and producer of the film, said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that political pressure from Democrats is causing edits to the film.
So partisan Democrats I have a question for you. Where is all the squawking about oppressing free speech now? Allow me to refresh your memory. When The Department of Defense issued a press release saying that they were hiring a public relations team to help counter enemy propaganda it was called an “assault on free speech.”
When the Justice Department investigated a series of classified leaks from the CIA to the New York Times it was called a “witch hunt” and a violation of the free speech rights of the Times. The leaker, Mary O’Neil, was appointed to Clinton’s National Security Council by former NSC Chief Sandy Berger, who later went to work for the Inspector General’s office in the CIA. Her job was to find leakers. Democrat talking heads in the media said that it would violate O’Neil’s free speech rights if she were prosecuted for leaking classified information….. no kidding. Let us not forget that Sandy Berger pleaded guilty to stealing and altering secret documents from the National Security Archive in preparation for the 9/11 Commission’s investigation.
The film compresses the nine years leading up to 9/11 in a five hour mini-series based on the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report and the Democrats are having a collective fit over it. The biggest complaint is that the conversations depicted in the film never actually happened say President Clinton and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. The film was never designed to be an exact transcript of events. Rather it is a dramatization to show that the government had multiple chances to capture or kill Osama bin-Laden, but the will to pull the trigger just wasn’t there. One such opportunity was given to President Clinton by former “friend of Bill” Mansoor Ijaz, who had arranged with the Sudanese Government to have bin-Laden delivered into US custody. The Clinton Administration rebuffed the offer.
The film was made in consultation with 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, “which praised the film’s ‘commitment to accuracy’ and ‘sincere respect for the subject’ ‘I worked closely with the filmmakers and the network to ensure the mini-series accurately reflects both the facts and the spirit of the Commission’s findings,’ wrote Kean” (http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060908-045948-7634r).
Clinton attorney Bruce R. Lindsey, who runs Clinton’s foundation, “wrote Kean last night that he was ‘shocked’ by the former New Jersey governor’s role, saying: ‘Your defense of the outright lies in this film is destroying the bipartisan aura of the 9/11 Commission and tarnishing the hard work of your fellow commissioners.'”
“Kean said the filmmakers have made changes — in one case, re-shooting an entire scene — based in part on his recommendations. ‘The suggestion that this is some right-wing group in Hollywood is absurd,’ he said” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/07/AR2006090701454.html).
So it boils down to this, who are we to believe: Bill Clinton, whose propensity to tell lies has not only been proven, but is renown in the American political lexicon; Sandy Berger, who stands convicted of stealing and altering documents from the National Security Archive to “prepare” for the 9/11 Commission investigation; or Thomas Kean, the Chairman of the 9/11 Commission? Even an NEA lobbyist knows the answer to this.
Now I know I am going to hear the following objection so I might as well deal with it in advance. What about the CBS mini-series, “The Reagans” that was made when President Reagan was near death and couldn’t defend himself: the one that was made by out of the closet partisans, the one that showed Ronald Reagan cussing at his wife when everyone around Reagan said that he never cussed at his wife, the one that CBS producer and broadcast legend, Merv Griffin, called a “hit piece”, the one that CBS pulled from its broadcast network and moved over to Showtime (unedited by the way) due to public pressure?
That’s right, I said public pressure, not Stalinistic government pressure. “CBS officials say they received virtually no inquiries from government officials about the program. FCC Chairman Michael Powell, said contacting the net[work] over the show is ‘absolutely not’ something he would have considered.” Senate Minority leader Tom Daschle [D-SD] later called the decision to pull the show ‘appalling.’ CBS ‘totally collapsed,’ he told National Public Radio”
The Path to Hysteria
My sin was to write a screenplay accurately depicting Bill Clinton’s record on terrorism. by CYRUS NOWRASTEH
Monday, September 18, 2006 12:01 A.M. EDT