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Bubba Goes Ballistic:

A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series "The Path to 9/11" grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden - and he is demanding the network "pull the drama" if changes aren't made.
Somehow, Clinton’s four-page letter (refuting the film’s claims) to ABC head Bob Iger made it into the hands of The Post. Huh. What a mystery.

"The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely," the four-page letter said.

ABC spokesman Jonathan Hogan last night defended the miniseries as a "dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 commission report, other published materials and personal interviews."

"Many of the people who have expressed opinions about the film have yet to see it in its entirety or in its final broadcast form," he said.
Gee, might that be because ABC won’t provide them with advance copies?!

"We hope viewers will watch the entire broadcast before forming their own opinion."
At which point, the damage will already be done. As Digby notes: “The reason this matters so much, and why Democrats are so apoplectic at the way ABC has handled this material, is that popular culture has a way of inculcating certain concepts into people's minds, especially young minds, far more effectively than talking head programs or earnest debates among political bloggers and columnists. This is the kind of thing that could taint the debate for generations if it takes hold.” And, more importantly, it’s being done not as a rewrite of history, but as a “first draft while the immediate events [are] still being debated.” All ABC’s protestations about how this isn’t “a documentary” don’t mean fuck-all when they’re simultaneously claiming that it’s based on the 9/11 Report.

This is totally, totally unacceptable. Disney is deliberately interfering with elections, and if they air this steaming heap of shit, their broadcast license should be immediately revoked.

(More from Pam. Media Matters detail the conservative defense.)

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