The Path to 9/11 – Democrats Hate it While Republicans Love It – Last Minute Changes in the Works

The Path to 9/11 – Democrats Hate it While Republicans Love It – Last Minute Changes in the Works

The ABC Television Network is reworking their “The Path to 9/11” docudrama after prominent figures in the Clinton Administration complained about inaccuracies. Of course those on the right, including talk show host Rush Limbaugh, say the film is the best documentary to come out on the subject.

The extra controversy only adds to the hype about the film and may increase viewer-ship. The network says there will be no commercials, and says they tried to accurately follow the 9/11 Commission’s report on the terror attacks. They also reviewed two books on the subject and based some of the series on interviews.

Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe says the five-hour miniseries was probably doomed to fail creatively, not for lack of ambition but for having too much ambition. Gilbert says the story of 9/11 is just too big and complex to fit into a two part show. Comment on this Article at our Forum

Even Thomas H. Kean, the Republican who chaired the 9/11 commission and is a co-executive producer of the film believes there should be some changes made. According to Washington Post reporter, Howard Kurtz, Kean asked for the changes after complaints were made by Clinton aids.

But Kean believes the film to be in the spirit of what really happened. "These are people of integrity," Kean said of the filmmakers. "I know there are some scenes where words are put in characters' mouths. But the whole thing is true to the spirit of 9/11."

An ABC executive said the "adjustments and refinements" are "intended to make clearer that it was general indecisiveness" by federal officials that left the country vulnerable to terrorist attacks, "not any one individual." The executive requested anonymity, and adds that small revisions have been underway for weeks.

Kean mentioned one particular scene that will be changed. According to New York Times reporters, Patrick Healy and Jesse McKinley, one scene change involves Samuel Berger. In the scene, Berger abruptly hangs up on a C.I.A. officer during a critical moment in a military operation.

Healy and McKinley went on to quote two Clinton aids concerning the ABC special. In a letter to Mr. Kean, the two aides, Bruce R. Lindsey and Douglas Band, wrote that his defense of the mini-series “is destroying the bipartisan aura of the 9/11 Commission,” on whose findings the project is partly based. They asserted that Mr. Kean was driven by payments from ABC or his own partisan politics.

The mini-series is scheduled to air Sunday at 8 p.m. and Monday, September 11th at 8 p.m. Comment on this Article at our Forum

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

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