Thursday, September 07, 2006
Censorship of the Worst Kind!
(I've really made it a point to stay as non-political as possible with this blog, and so I've been writing primarily fun stuff like sports columns, interviews, things about San Francisco, restaurant reviews and celebrity-bashing pieces. But, when I read this today I got so pissed I just had to comment. A group of former Clinton staffers are upset because they say there are portions of a miniseries by ABC about 9/11 that aren't accurate and they're demanding that changes be made. Demanding? Since when can politicians demand that something in the media be changed? How can they be so arrogant? Haven't they ever heard of a little thing called Freedom of Speech? When former White House officials (they're not even currently in office!) start telling people what can and cannot be on TV, on the Internet, in newspapers or on the radio, well, folks, it's time to change our name to the U.S.S.R. (United States with Shady Rules). How dare they demand anything! There's no doubt that to some degree Clinton and his administration blew it with the Bin Laden situation, but I guess old Bill wants to re-write history and avoid taking any of the blame for 9/11. What these people fail to realize is that they are inadvertently providing some amazing publicity for this miniseries. I didn't even know about it, but now I wouldn't miss it for the world! In fact, I just Tivo'ed it. If these washed-up bureaucrats are upset over it, I figure it's a must-see!!)
This was on www.aol.com this morning:
(Sept. 7) - A "terribly wrong" miniseries about events leading to the Sept. 11 attacks blame President Clinton's policies, former Clinton administration officials said in letters demanding that ABC correct it or not air it.
But in a statement released Thursday afternoon in apparent response to the growing uproar, ABC said, "No one has seen the final version of the film, because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible."
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, Clinton Foundation head Bruce Lindsey and Clinton adviser Douglas Band wrote in the past week to Robert Iger, CEO of ABC's parent The Walt Disney Co., to express concern over "The Path to 9/11."
The two-part miniseries, scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday and Monday, is drawn from interviews and documents including the report of the Sept. 11 commission. ABC has described it as a "dramatization" as opposed to a documentary.
"For dramatic and narrative purposes, the movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue, and time compression," ABC said in its statement. "We hope viewers will watch the entire broadcast of the finished film before forming an opinion about it."