I've been off the air for a couple of days due to a DNS issue. I'm back now, and I want to get the word out about something that I first heard about this morning via Kevin Schofied, who posted a link to an article about an upcoming ABC/Disney "Docu-Drama". As a many-time visitor to Disney properties, I find it upsetting that they would air a program that is allegedly based on the report of the bi-partisan 9-11 Commission and yet which contains scenes that directly contradict what the report actually says. Based on what I've read, there is little doubt that this is a blatantly partisan political piece, being aired on network television on the 5th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington and just months before mid-term congressional elections, and a blatant attempt to place direct blame for 9-11 on the Clinton administration.
Update: ABC and Disney have enlisted the aid of the children's publishing house Scholastic in promoting this propaganda to children through their schoolteachers. Bruce Perry has contact information for the CEO, investor relations, corporate communications and customer service department of Scholastic. And yes... this is the same Scholastic that publishes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. One can only hope that she and "her people" let Scholastic know that this Scholastic's involvement with promoting this production is outrageously inappropriate.
Update: Scholastic has responded.
1. Chris Whisonant09/07/2006 08:05:47 AM
Ahh... thank you Clinton!
2. Greg Simmons09/07/2006 08:11:41 AM
Thanks for the info. Is anybody still unconvinced that the MSM has their own agenda?
Remember, if you repeat a lie often enough, the general public will begin to believe it.
3. Esther Strom09/07/2006 04:24:31 PM
According to the Chicago Tribune, ABC is "toning down" several scenes after receiving lots of complaints. It doesn't sound like they've done much, but at least it's a start.
4. Bruce Perry09/07/2006 06:04:19 PM
I called Scholastic today. They appear to be backing away from this mess.
5. ian09/10/2006 08:24:29 PM
ABC-DISNEY AND WHITE HOUSE
TEAM UP TO REMAKE ‘TOP GUN’
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Sept.10 – As film editors struggle to correct flaws in ABC’s docudrama “The Path to 9-11,” it was revealed today that the Bush administration and ABC-Disney are collaborating on a remake of the movie “Top Gun.” In a highly unusual move, ABC has made available a videotape of a focus group led by the President and Vice President for the purposes of reshaping a rough version of the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster. Parts of the focus group can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Bush+Cheney+%27Top+Gun%27+Focus+Group&search=Search and http://www.thebushcheneytopgunfocusgroup.com/
ABC’s disclosure came in the wake of controversy over its miniseries about events leading up to the attacks of 9/11. A statement issued by the network said the existence of its “Top Gun” project was made public due to anger over issues of dramatization. “ ‘The Path to 9/11’ is not a documentary, and for dramatic and narrative purposes, the movie contains fictional scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue, and time compression,” a spokeswoman explained. “But the public doesn’t get it, so we figured everyone might as well know now that we are also making a film that is entirely fictional, one we can’t be attacked for since it won’t depend on any relation to the truth of some report.” She added, “We don’t want to have to ask the Democrats for their thoughts, and besides, people like fiction more than documentaries.”
An aide to Robert Iger, the president of Disney, ABC’s parent company, took a preemptive strike at would-be critics. “Just as with ‘The Path to 9/11,’ no one has seen the final version of the new ‘Top Gun,’ so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible,” the aide said. An international hit, the original “Top Gun” was credited with being the biggest recruitment vehicle ever for the armed forces. Tom Cruise, who originated the lead role of “Maverick,” has not been asked to star in the remake. The casting of the new movie is still a secret, but in the video of the focus group, Mr. Bush himself takes the role of “Maverick” and even sings new songs from the movie’s soundtrack. “This film is a sign of our faith, commitment, and leadership in advancing America’s ideals at home and abroad,” said a spokesman for the White House’s Office for Public Diplomacy, who added, “It will boost recruitment, convince skeptics of our noble cause, and show the Muslim world what freedom and liberty are all about.”
In addition to the website listed above, Ian Maxwell MacKinnon and Eric Zinman, who produced the focus group, invite viewers to see archives of previous Bush-Cheney performances at the website http://www.492cafe.org/audio/comedy-satire/mackinnon.ian/ Included are readings from the Bush Bible, Q&A sessions, and the songs “Faith-Based Gospel” and “The Sun Never Sets On The Eagle,” sung by President Bush, accompanied by the Vice-President on piano.