Thugs for life: Dems threaten ABC’s broadcast license over “Path to 9/11″ Update: Stolen Honor redux?

posted at 8:42 pm on September 7, 2006 by Allahpundit

Via Spruiell. I forget the context, but I remember Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee saying a while back how disappointed he was in the Democrats over something, and I told him there’s an easy fix for that: expect nothing from them, like I do, and you’ll never be disappointed. Turns out I was wrong, though, because even with zero expectations, I can’t quite believe they’d stoop to this. As naked an example of intimidation as you’ll see this side of British Muslims playing good cop/bad cop with Tony Blair. If the GOP pulled this crap, it’d be top of the f’ng fold tomorrow in the Times. As it should be.

Wonderful network you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if something happened to it:

[T]he manner in which this program has been developed, funded, and advertised suggests a partisan bent unbecoming of a major company like Disney and a major and well respected news organization like ABC… Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation…

The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events…

These concerns are made all the more pressing by the political leaning of and the public statements made by the writer/producer of this miniseries, Mr. Cyrus Nowrasteh, in promoting this miniseries across conservative blogs and talk shows…

Should Disney allow this programming to proceed as planned, the factual record, millions of viewers, countless schoolchildren, and the reputation of Disney as a corporation worthy of the trust of the American people and the United States Congress will be deeply damaged. We urge you, after full consideration of the facts, to uphold your responsibilities as a respected member of American society and as a beneficiary of the free use of the public airwaves to cancel this factually inaccurate and deeply misguided program. We look forward to hearing back from you soon.

My only question is this: was that letter typed, or did they use letters cut out from magazines?

You can’t play nice with them. I conceded they had a point about the scene with Sandy Berger. Ace conceded it. Dean conceded it. Geraghty conceded it. Others have conceded it. Facts is facts, and “composite” scenes play a little too loose for a film about 9/11. But the fightin’ nutroots wanted to see some fight, and Reid — who suddenly seems willing to crap in whatever color the fringe left tells him to — wanted to show he was a tough guy by throwing his weight around with ABC.

Fair enough. Everything is a precedent. There’s nothing anyone can do except remember and use it when Michael Moore’s new movie comes out and someone on the Republican side criticizes it as inaccurate and the droning about dissent-crushing begins. Here’s a post to help memorialize it for future reference. I hope others will do so too.

Update: Oh — and Scholastic, the schoolbook publisher, has suddenly reversed course and decided that they won’t use the miniseries as a teaching tool after all, even though it’s been edited. I bet their texts have lots of interesting passages about terrorism, “root causes,” etc etc. To paraphrase Harry Reid, it’d be a shame if someone started looking into them.

Update: The front page at dKos has to be seen right now to be believed. Just keep scrolling.

Update: I can’t say it any better than Bryan did in the comments:

You all should go look at the DNC’s web page. With the fifth anniversary of 9-11 on the horizon, what are they all about? Reflection? National unity? Defense?

Nope. Censorship. Plain and simple.


Update: I’m pinching this from Ace, who pinched it from someone else. Guess who’s up in arms about the disingenuousness hackery of the miniseries. That’s right: the leading authority in the field.

Update: If you’re going to link, don’t link this post. Link Texas Rainmaker’s. That’s another way to stick this incident up Reid’s ass — use it as an opportunity to discuss Clinton’s record as a miserable failure, to borrow another favored left-wing term, on terrorism.

Call it a “teachable moment.”

Update: Bryan’s been having fun with the Democrats’ “send a message to Disney” window.


Update: Captain Ed welcomes you to the Enforced Perspective Party. And he’s exactly right — they’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Again.

Let’s hope they can do it one more time in November.

Update: No wonder Reid felt safe threatening Disney. We all forgot who the Chairman of the Board is.

Update: Ed Driscoll e-mails to say that no, in fact, not all of us forgot.

Update: (Bryan) Or flashback. To 2004. The *Swiftboat Veterans for the Truth were participating in a documentary called Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal. It was about John Kerry’s actual service in Vietnam, as opposed the one he has built his career on. You did know that he served there, didn’t you?

Sinclair Broadcasting owns 62 local TV stations around the country. It planned to air Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal on about 40 of them in October 2004. That would be right before the presidential election. But the Kerry campaign got wind of it and threatened Sinclair that its licenses might be in jeopardy if it aired the doc and Kerry happened to win.

The polls were close, so Sinclair caved. It ended up airing just a few minutes of Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal inside a bromide wrapper.

I’m of the opinion that ABC will likewise cave, Friday evening.

The Democrats will have stomped on the First Amendment, again, just ahead of a national election. Like the man said in A Few Good Men, they just can’t handle the truth.

*correction. Stolen Honor is mainly about Vietnam POWs betrayed by Kerry.

(Thanks to Chris R. for remembering all of this.)

Update: Reader John C. helpfully crops the screencap.


Update: Video so tasty it deserved its own post!

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Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of democrats in general, and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation…

Yes it would. But the democrats do this on an hourly basis, and do it with relish.

I call for their immediate resignation. I demand it!

rightside on September 8, 2006 at 7:19 AM

Rather than bitch and moan here, take a few minutes to write your senator to request they condemn Reid and his cabal publicly on the Senate Floor. This is the most egregious abuse of Senate power I have ever seen, and they should be held accountable.

Write your Senator!
Write Reid and the other letter authors and give them hell!
Write ABC and give them your support!

DO it NOW!!

BacaDog on September 8, 2006 at 8:05 AM

Again, all of this fervor over an ABC drama television movie, and according to this Vanity Fair article Loose Change, which purports itself as a documentary, is attempting to get theatrical release.

It’s safe to say that, if it were a theatrical release, Loose Change would be one of the most popular—and incendiary—movies in the country right now. Avery and Rowe say they are talking to several major movie studios about releasing a third and “final cut” of the film on September 11, 2006. They wonder if the government may be watching, too. “I hope so,” says Avery.

See the rest here, if want.

So again I say… why are the democrats screaming bloody murder when a movie, which doesn’t claim to be 100% fact and may not be, that purportedly puts their side in a bad light… and yet they’re all for films, which do claim to be 100% fact and are not, that puts the Republicans in a bad light.

Freedom of speech is only a right if the correct speech is being spoken, at least it seems according to democrats. Talk about facism.

Enoxo on September 8, 2006 at 8:08 AM

Bob Dole and Mad Albright are partners in lobbying for the Dub ai ports deal. They also were partners in demanding bombing of the Serbians, Protecting the muslims. Sandy Burger received a lighter juddgment than the judge gave…through George W Bush. The Clintons and G Bush Sr are partners in all this. Dole and Bush Sr are joined at the hip……Bush Sr runs GWB. Thus the pat on the hand to Burger. They are all Brownshirts…..The Bush’s and the Clinton’s are conspiring to promote a ‘new order’ of globlism. Its not just the socialist dems, but also these spineless middle class hating repubs.

LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 8:40 AM


LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 8:41 AM

Bob Dole and Mad Albright are partners in lobbying for the Dubai ports deal.
Dole also along with Albright promoted the bombing of the Serbs … protect the muslims: Kosovars. This is why GWB gave Sandy Burger a pat on the hand instead of allowing the judge’s sentence to stand. Thus, today Burger has his law practice in full force. GWB gives Tenet the CIA traitor awards. Bush Sr and Clinton are joined at the hip, partners in more than we know. It is not just democrats, but the republicans are in it up to their eyes. Clinton, Bush Sr, GWB, Dole, Albright, Hillary, and their advisors.
They have one goal: globlism. They all promote China. Of course, we now find out that Tom Ridge is an agent for the muslim Albanians. The Bush-Clinton cabals must be voted out. It is the establishment against America, ‘we the people’……….

LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 8:53 AM

My Question: Why are we hearing nothing about “media chill”? Or chilling effects? Stuff like that?

Blaise on September 8, 2006 at 9:01 AM

There are a lot of people running around who are marginally insane but coherent enough to live in society. The Dems seem to have collected most of the politically insane ones.

Their version of insanity, besides completely mis-perceiving the world around them, is also aggressive and dangerous to the rest of us. We can never expect rational thought from them, but we can expect constant efforts to take away freedom of speech from the rest of us.

Orcaswa on September 8, 2006 at 9:32 AM

I love the bit about “The children”.

Who knew Disney was a right wing spin factory? I refuse to be an adult that wears Disney stuff, but get the mouse on a good conservative t-shirt and I’m there.

Goofy is a Democrat, right?

Hening on September 8, 2006 at 9:53 AM

This is too much. I remember Martin Sheen with duct tape over his mouth saying the eeevil bushies were out to silence artists….and then there was Tim Robbins who could hear the jackboots out to get him. And what happens? Mike Al Moore makes Fahrenheit 9/11, the BBC makes docudramas about assasinating Bush, Cindy the She-Hag publishes her fantasies about retroactive abortion and Bush says nothing.
But let ABC put out a drama that doesn’t depict Bill as the sum of all that is noble and good and the dems threaten them. Pathetic. I will NEVER, EVER vote for one of them again

Ellen on September 8, 2006 at 10:27 AM

I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.

It is a very sad & terrible day in our country when one of the two national political parties openly threatens free speech.

I don’t care about the political advantage this disgraceful and un-American (Yes, un-American!) action will accrue to the Republicans. What is happening in the Democratic Party is bad for the country. For our two party system to truly work, each party must present itself as a healthy alternative to the other, for the good of the nation and to keep the opposition honest.

The Republicans keep getting my vote by default. I do not dare trust Democratic leadership with my country’s safety and economic well being. And when you think about it that is a very sad thing to say about the party of Harry Truman,
Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Zell Miller.

Abigail Adams on September 8, 2006 at 10:39 AM

Why don’t we just say it’s “fake but accurate” and call it a day?

Ain’t that the truth. These scenes may be dramatized and fictional, but they sound like they go softer on Clinton than they should. Hannity laid it out repeatedly last night. Clinton said in 2002 that he didn’t take UBL because we didn’t have anything on him, but begged the Saudi’s to take him. He was quite clear that he had the opportunity to take him:

“The Sudanese wanted America to start dealing with them again. They released him [bin Laden].

At the time, ’96, he had committed no crime against America, so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America.

So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, ’cause they could have; but they thought it was a hot potato. They didn’t and that’s how he wound up in Afghanistan.”

Again, there’s nothing ambiguous about that. Clinton says he could have taken him, and chose not to, and that is just one of the examples… But a favorite, because it’s in his own words.

RightWinged on September 8, 2006 at 10:41 AM

Goofy is a Democrat, right?

I actually consider Goofy to be the fun-loving republican redneck.

Donald Duck, however, is a liberal. Half the time you cannot understand him, and when he gets angry he because totally incomprehensible.

Enoxo on September 8, 2006 at 10:50 AM

Donald Duck, however, is a liberal. Half the time you cannot understand him, and when he gets angry he because totally incomprehensible.

Can’t help but respond with a line from an old episode of Friends:

Candler: Donald Duck never wore pants, yet when he came out of the shower he always put a towel around his waist. I mean, what’s that about?

RightWinged on September 8, 2006 at 11:05 AM

I trully believe that neither Clinton or Bush has any desire to get laden. He may have the ‘bomb’ planted here. It could be ready to go(and our leaders know it)……..the ramifications are immense. After Russia sent the nukes to Cuba……do you think Castro might have kept a couple? Thus, the blackmail. Did we really verify? Are our leaders blackmailed……..thus all the crazy positions against the ‘people’….

LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 11:20 AM

This is great if you ask me. By howling like the wussies they are, democrats are drawing attention to their complete, inept spinelessness at fighting terrorism and national security in general. And they are doing this in an election season to boot!!!

I’m sure KKKarl is somehow behind this conspiracy, with full knowledge and approval of Chimpy McBushHitlerburton.

thirteen28 on September 8, 2006 at 11:21 AM

As long as they have the disclaimer, what’t the problem? As for pulling ABC’s license–anyone with a drop of sense knows that’s a hollow threat.

The Democrats should go after the sponsors if they really want to scare the crap out of Disney.

Lovely way to memorialize 9/11 all around. We have become a nation of jackasses.

honora on September 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

I trully believe that neither Clinton or Bush has any desire to get laden. He may have the ‘bomb’ planted here. It could be ready to go(and our leaders know it)

Say hi to the scarecrow for me LZVandy.

RightWinged on September 8, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Oh, and if there’s one thing you can’t accuse Clinton of, it’s wanting to “get laid”en. Oh snap!

RightWinged on September 8, 2006 at 11:38 AM

The Democrats and their alter egos (KOS, Michael Moore, are nothing but a gaggle of freighted morons running around aimlessly yelling “the sky is falling”. It’s time to meet them head on and yield to none of them . . . enough of these jackasses.

rplat on September 8, 2006 at 11:53 AM

Lovely way to memorialize 9/11 all around. We have become a nation of jackasses.

honora on September 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

Yes, honora, I thought the same thing last night. It’s actually very sad that our country is loaded with jackasses. Some are in the highest places, our so-called leaders or would be leaders. We have only us to blame, if we vote for any of them.

There once was a fellow, our POTUS
His opponents were gunning for his early EXODUS
The year was 2006
His opponents believed they were in for a FIX

His adviser Karl Rove they were hoping
To oust with a Valerie brain-groping
They forgot that they had their own MEISTER
The previous POTUS, the biggest SLICKMEISTER

History, they thought had forgotten
The negligence his gropin’ had brought’n
The main media was on their side, so they thought
Until ABC “Path to 9/11″ us brought

This path was a long one, you see
Goin’ back to the NY towers in ’93
Mr. Clinton’s feathers are ruffled
’cause this path uncovers a real kerfuffle

‘stead of ’93 to be addresin’
He was busy with an intern’s undressin’
Our nation, he thought had forgot
What his negligence us has brought

Democrat leadership, never be boring
To the aid of old POTUS, rights be ignoring
ABC you the “Path” get off the net
Lest your licence we revoke, don’t you forget!

Our current POTUS, a man of religion
His god very gracious, in the enemies he’s him given
Nine months he had in the ABC “Path”
Not all to perfection, done he has

However, he’s fightin’ the enemy, without much help
From his political opponents, who’re acting like whelp
The voters, at politicians quite disgusted
Know in their heart, who’s still to be trusted

Security and freedom, they sure do treasure
Our POTUSes there they don’t want for sheer pleasure
Naive though they are, and mostly quite silly
When it matters, they haven’t forgotten their slick Willie

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 11:56 AM

I wondering how much money Disney’s going to make off running the “Director’s Cut” (i.e., unedited) version on cable / DVD sales. I suspect it’s way too much money for them to resist – especially with all this publicity the Dems have provided.

KCSteve on September 8, 2006 at 12:04 PM

I knew this debate was missing something. Bad poetry. Jesus.

honora on September 8, 2006 at 12:06 PM

I used the Netroots link to send this email to ABC:

If you alter the show in any way due to the Hitler like threats coming from the donkey party, I will never watch ABC again for the rest of my life.

Labamigo on September 8, 2006 at 12:33 PM

honora, really, you are the elite and erudite one, and know that this wasn’t written for a poetry contest.

Also, when you can write any poetry, good or bad, in a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th language, aside from what I assume is your native English, we’ll submit our ‘creations’ to a contest.

Until then, just look at it as a puerile and “jack-assed” attempt to be “original”, to quote no other than yourself.

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 12:34 PM

“poetic” justice? I liked it, entelechy.

pullingmyhairout on September 8, 2006 at 12:42 PM

Goofy is a Democrat, right?

Hening on September 8, 2006 at 9:53 AM

So are Dumbo and Dopey. I’m sure there are many others. (I’m not sure about Thumper.)

More to point: it’s time to drop the pretense that the Democrat party is a source of different approaches to solve a problem than what is proposed by Republicans.

Since they merely criticize and attempt to censor everything that comes from the Republican party, starting now I will refer to them as “Anti-Republicans”.

DuffBeer on September 8, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Allah, Michelle, Bryan, Ian, etal:
Would it be possible for ya’ll to number the comments? It would make it so much easier to read and respond. Just a thought. Thanks!!


pullingmyhairout on September 8, 2006 at 1:02 PM

lol rightwinged!!!!!
Why hasn’t Bush caught bin laden?
Been 5 years!
Stay on your ‘yellow brick road’ ………..marching in lockstep with Bush.
Any good president could find bin laden in one month, or kill him.

LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 1:07 PM

The Democrats should go after the sponsors if they really want to scare the crap out of Disney.

Lovely way to memorialize 9/11 all around. We have become a nation of jackasses.

honora on September 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

One thing ABC doesn’t need to worry about: advertiser defections. Net decided to air the five-hour mini sans commercials after failing to find an appropriate sponsor for the project (Daily Variety, Sept. 5). Enough said.

Pullingmyhairout, Try using the timestamps. Those [barely] work for me as I too find the need for a reference point.

DannoJyd on September 8, 2006 at 1:18 PM

Any good president could find bin laden in one month, or kill him.

Spiderman in ’08!

Pablo on September 8, 2006 at 1:26 PM

Any good president could find bin laden in one month, or kill him.

LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 1:07 PM

Bill Clinton, from 1993 to Jan. 2001.

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 1:31 PM

Bill Clinton, from 1993 to Jan. 2001.

That’s unfair, despicable and flat out wrong. How dare you insult Bubba. Those were good times for all.

Rick on September 8, 2006 at 1:47 PM

Any good president could find bin laden in one month, or kill him.
LZVandy on September 8, 2006 at 1:07 PM

I would have stated, … And kill him …

Clinton was able to meet with CIA Director R. James Woolsey a total of 2 times. I guess someone was in hiding. How is that for relevancy?

Finally, where is Osama today? Yesterday? Anyone seen him in person over the past 4 years? Is he even alive today? Gee! I guess he must either be hiding now, or laying in his grave.

DannoJyd on September 8, 2006 at 1:59 PM

Danno, since Dec. of 2001, not to worry about bin Laden. No one else is, except the “Bush didn’t get BL” ninnies.

Now, we finally know who wasn’t looking so hard for him, even when they knew where he was, when. Glad you found your ‘reason to vote’ – of course, I always knew you would.

I know Rick, I must regain my equilibrium :) – here’s my attempt:

Sen. Minority Leader Henry Reid, after threatening ABC’s license, and the unexpected political backlash from it, in the name of balance and fairness and the appeasement of the conservative electorate, on whom he was counting to stay home in Nov., until it unexpectedly galvanized around this issue, is gathering petitions for the following:

– revocation of the Toronto city license to exist, due to showing of President Bush assasination movie
– annulment of BBC license for production of above movie and showing the comedic ‘terror’ attacks on Big Ben and insinuated assasination/s of PM Blair
– cancellation of Cindy Sheehan’s license to build a perch in a cuckoo’s nest, in a Crawford tree-house, because she wished to travel back in time and kill the infant current POTUS
– cancellation of Michael Moore’s weight-loss clinic security access card, due to production of fictitious movies, claimed to be documentaries
– cancellation of U.S. visas to Messrs: Galloway, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Jong-il, Castro (if he ever gets out of bed again, dead or alive), Obrador and any Iranian or other Mullahs, and bin Laden
– denial of any appearances on TV, for one full year, of Messrs: Michael Scheuer, Gen. Wesley Clark, Richard Clarke and Joe Wilson
– cancellation of MSNBC’s Olbermann and Matthews shows, due to excessive liberal bias
– issuing guidelines to CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, CBC (Canada), NYT, WaPo and other liberal-leaning media to apply more balanced reporting by inviting Rush Limbaugh at least once a week.

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Any good president could find bin laden in one month, or kill him.

Let’s see, if the Democrats’ dreams come true and they win control of the House, impeach Bush, and then either impeach Cheney or he has another heart attack, then I’m sure President and Commander In Chief Nancy Pelosi would get the job done in a month.

Now please excuse me as I visit RealVerse to purge the mental image of Nancy reciting the presidential oath of office with a healthy dose of Bethany.

Dave Shay on September 8, 2006 at 2:15 PM

Dave Shay, will we be able to watch this on ABC, or will their license be revoked by then?

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 2:25 PM

Will a horse head be placed beneath the sheets of the President of Disney/ABC ??

gary on September 8, 2006 at 3:20 PM

No one has said it yet so I will!

FASCISTS!!! Liberal fascism is on the march. Plain and simple.

NTWR on September 8, 2006 at 4:59 PM

President Bush wants film to be interrupted by his speech. ABC will do what now? Why this tactic?

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 6:23 PM

Sorry, here’s the link

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 6:26 PM

Ok, here’s the scenario, the Republicans are being criticized by the media so they simply cry, whine, slobber on themselves and throw a tantrum and the media drops the story . . . right?

rplat on September 8, 2006 at 7:40 PM

Entelechy, that is the same question I’ve had. I thought it might timed to occur when the part of the movie dedicated to blasting our President, but that doesn’t make sense. Maybe he picked that time to blast the fascist censorship Senators for getting the movie pulled.

Anyone hear about those fascist Senators threatening to pull the license of any broadcaster that allows the Bush speech to be broadcast? I’m sure it is just a matter of time. :o)

DannoJyd on September 8, 2006 at 8:27 PM

Woopsie! Maybe I was right the first time as I just read that his speech will be on Monday night. I thought it was schedualed for Sunday.

DannoJyd on September 8, 2006 at 8:40 PM

$ rules here. The contraversy means eyeballs, the show will go on good bad accurate or not. Even the LLlefty moguls can’t resist the free promo & $.

Reality Check on September 9, 2006 at 10:09 AM

“The Path to 9/11″ mocks the truth and dishonors the memory of 9/11 victims to serve a cheap, callous political agenda.
Wait are they still talking about the movie or themselves?
Ian on September 7, 2006 at 11:34 PM


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