September 1, 2006

UH OH: “I’m hearing all kinds of disturbing, though predictable, stories about a Clintonista offensive against ‘The Path to 9/11,’ an ABC documentary written and produced by Cyrus Nowrasteh (‘Into the West’), and directed by David Cunningham (‘To End All Wars’).” . . . Apparently, the documentary recounts the bureaucratic bungling and lack of action against al Qaeda that was pervasive prior to the September 11 atrocities. It is by no means, I understand, pro-Bush. It is, instead, an effort to present history accurately. This evidently has many former Clinton officials and apologists in their default kill-the-messenger mode. Great pressure is being brought to bear on ABC and Disney to reopen the editorial process at this late stage (the documentary is supposed to air on September 10-11) so that the years 1993-2001 may remain forever airbrushed.”

It seems to me that enough people have previewed it already that the consequences for ABC of making changes at this point would be disastrous.

UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt: “I, and I am sure many others, have been sent the entire six hour program to preview and review, which I will be doing over the weekend. Edits post-distribution of the review DVDs would invite scrutiny of the very portions sent down the black hole, underscoring the episodes the censors hoped to hide. No, I don’t think ABC would injure its brand that way, and certainly not when they couldn’t get away with it.”

MORE: Stephen Spruiell called ABC and they say it’s “locked and ready to air.”

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