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E & P: Controversy Over 9/11 Film Hits Press — Here’s Preview

September 6, 2006

EditorAndPublisher has actually seen the “docu-drama” by ABC. The promotion of it, is damn scary, in a scope sort of way. DVDs being sent to high schools, scholastic having a series of pdfs that “compliment” the two part drama.
John at AmericaBlog in his vlog wonders who is paying for it, and I think that’s an excellent question! The worst, that I have heard about, are highlighted in the following excerpt, there’s more at the link following.

The nearly four-and-a-half-hour film, based on a script by Cyrus Nowrasteh and directed by David Cunningham, stars Harvey Keitel. It is ambitious and striking in execution, often relying on handheld cameras, tight close-ups and creative visuals.

The first half, to be aired Sunday, explores the terrorist threat starting with the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, and there is little question that President Clinton is dealt with severely, almost mockingly, with the Lewinsky scandal closely tied to his failure to cripple al-Qaeda.

“The Path to 9/11” ends with a long segment on the day of the attacks and top officials’ response — though we only see President Bush in his speech to the nation, not in the Florida classroom with “The Pet Goat.”

The attention on Clinton’s culpability arrives about halfway through Part I, following the successful prosecution of several men involved in the 1993 WTC bombing. Keitel, an FBI security expert and clearly a tough-guy hero in this story, mentions Osama bin Laden (or “the tall one”) for the first time. Richard Clarke, the White House terrorism expert and another sage in this story, agrees “we’re at war.” [CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Clarke was an adviser to the film. He was not. ]

Controversy Over 9/11 Film Hits Press — Here’s Preview

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