Bill Clinton Calls “The Path to 9/11” Airing “Despicable” – President Bush Asks Networks to Preempt Programs for Speech

Bill Clinton Calls “The Path to 9/11” Airing “Despicable” – President Bush Asks Networks to Preempt Programs for Speech

Former President Bill Clinton has joined others in his administration to criticize the new ABC mini-series “The Path to 9/11”. In a statement, Jay Carson, a spokesman for Clinton's office in New York, said “ABC/Disney acknowledges this show is fiction and in direct contradiction of the 9/11 Commission Report and the facts, and it is despicable that ABC/Disney would insist on airing a fictional version of what is a serious and emotional event for our country.”

President Bush has asked the networks to clear time for a speech at 9pm Monday, according to Boston Globe Reporter, Suzanne C. Ryan. This would overlap with the last hour of the mini-series. It has not been reported yet whether ABC will interrupt their broadcast for the speech.

ABC stresses in a statement before the show aired tonight (Sunday), that this film is “not a documentary of the events leading up to 9/11. It is a dramatization, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 Commission Report, other published materials and personal interviews.” The whole program will be broadcast commercial-free.

In an earlier report, Best Syndication reported that ABC was reworking the miniseries to reflect what really happened. Harvey Keitel, who portrays FBI agent John O'Neill in the film, said that he believes untruthful scenes should be changed. Keitel noticed that when he received the script, it said “ABC history project”.

Keitel said “I had questions about certain events, and material I was given … that I did raise questions about … When I received the script, it said … I took it to be exactly what they presented to me, history. And the facts were correct. It turned out not all the facts were correct." Keitel said that it would have been a mistake to pull the miniseries. “We don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water. There are also quality issues raised in the film that our citizens should see and should be discussing amongst themselves.”

By Nancy Connors
Best Syndication Writer

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