Saturday, September 09, 2006

ABC revising its revisionism?

Bill Clinton and others are rightly peeved about the changes the producers and writers of ABC's upcoming 9/11 dramatization, "The Path to 9/11." If you haven't heard, it basically revises history (that's academic talk for "lies") to make the Clinton Administration appear incompetent -- in other words, its version of history could be seen as shifting blame from the de facto Bush Administration (which ignored the Clintonistas' warnings in January 2001) to Slick Willy, who was too busy dealing with Monica Lewinsky to stop Bin Laden.

Even the star of the movie, Harvey Keitel, is pissed. He said, "It turned out not all the facts were correct. You can't put things together, compress them, and then distort the reality. ... You cannot cross the line from conflation of events to a distortion of the event."

Keitel is naive. He wants to hold Hollywood to a higher standard than the Republican Party! Anyhow, ABC is reportedly revising things at the last minute. Be interesting to see how it comes out at the end.

But to be fair, the movie isn't just making up facts about the Democrats. It also implies that that a Washington Post story let Bin Laden know that the US was monitoring his phone calls and that he'd quit using satellite phones. ABC has apparently already decided to drop that particular distortion.
I'm sure the GOP is delighted that this dramatization is coming out just in time for the Congressional election campaign. Wonder if Karl Rove is a producer?