Politics KOMO to air The Path to 9/11
I just spoke to a representative of our local ABC affiliate, KOMO, and she told me that the Seattle station will be airing the
documentary docu-drama work of fiction that is The Path to 9/11, despite the fact that it has been denounced by terrorism experts, by former Clinton administration officials, by liberal bloggers, and, most recently, by former president Bill Clinton himself, who today, through a spokesman, said:
It is despicable that ABC/Disney would insist on airing a fictional version of what is a serious and emotional event for our country.
Here’s Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, calling today for ABC to pull the two-part film, which airs on KOMO Sunday and Monday evenings. (According to reports, the film was created by a conservative activist and it soft-pedals the Bush administration’s responsibility for 9/11 while blaming Clinton for not killing Osama bin Laden.)
I’m told by a programming director at KOMO that they’ve been receiving quite a few angry calls and emails (and some thank-you notes) about the station’s plan to air The Path to 9/11. But as of now, the station has no plans to pull it.
Looking to contact KOMO? Look no further.
(TPM has a round-up of responses from other ABC affiliates around the nation.)
The film is also going to be distributed, via Scholastic, to public school classrooms across the country. I have a call in to the Seattle School District to see if they’re part of this distribution program, but haven’t heard back yet. Will update when I hear from them.
UPDATE: The Seattle School district tells me they haven’t heard anything about The Path to 9/11 or the educational materials from Scholastic.
Meanwhile, Scholastic is now withdrawing its first batch of educational materials because they “did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues.” The company is currently creating new materials that will lead students to ask, among other things: What are the differences between factual reporting and a dramatization?