Tivo alert: 9/11 TV reminders Update: Scene cut in Britain?

posted at 3:40 pm on September 10, 2006 by Allahpundit

“Path to 9/11” airs tonight on ABC from 8 to 11 and again tomorrow from 8 to 10:20, with a 20-minute interruption at 9 p.m. for Bush’s speech. The boss says a good half hour’s been cut from tonight’s segment but I can’t get ABC’s homepage to load right now to confirm that. We’ll have video of Bush’s speech after it happens and, in all likelihood, some sort of video comparison between the pre- and post-edited Sandy Berger scene from “Path” later this evening.

CBS is going head to head with “Path” tonight by re-airing Jules and Gedeon Naudet’s magnificent documentary, “9|11”. According to the Dish Network program guide, they’ve updated the film with new interviews since it was last broadcast. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a no-brainer: skip “Path” and watch this. And if you happen to live in one of the poor, benighted areas of this country that can’t bear the thought of firefighters yelling “holy shit” in primetime at the sight of planes crashing into skyscrapers, you can watch over the web. 8 p.m.

Needless to say, we here at Hot Air love the Naudet brothers. For many reasons.

If you’re up early tomorrow, CNN will be doing us all a service by making its online video platform, Pipeline, free for the day. Why is that a service? Because starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until midnight, they’re re-running CNN’s coverage from 9/11 as it happened. We’ll be recording the first few hours and stitching together a short video of the moments of truth afterwards. For those who can’t wait, some of the footage has already been uploaded to YouTube. Pick through the archives here.

Finally, the good folks at MEMRI have been working overtime to mark the anniversary of the attacks. 43 minutes. Meet the enemy.

Update: Robert at Alphabet City e-mails to let me know that CBS’s New York affiliate has posted raw video of its reports from that day in the sidebar here.

Update: The first part of “Path” has just finished airing in Britain and reader “Jack Bauer” says the Berger scene has been excised. From his e-mail:

Well the first half of Path To 9/11 has finished for me.

Yep, they have certainly cut the Berger scene of him hanging up on the okay to “take out” Bin Laden. But it hardly makes a difference as Berger is clearly played as an ineffectual CYASS MAN.

The opening ten minutes are going to rip your heart out – as you see Atta and his murderous crew getting aboard the planes.

And the shock of seeing the Twin Tower from all angles again hits you in the gut.

I found it absorbing — but I guess there will be a lot of channel hopping over the 2 hours forty minutes. And that’s without commercials.

You are left in NO DOUBT that these are seriously evil people.

Though we do have to suffer the non-Muslim Judge in the Ramzi Yousef trial, once again pontificating about “these people” are “perverting” the true Islam.

How he knows that, is beyond me. They’re pretty convinced they’re muslims.

Update: The article I linked said CBS would be webcasting “9|11” but I’ll be damned if I can find it anywhere on their website.

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Thanks for the heads-up AP.

speed647 on September 10, 2006 at 3:50 PM

Thanks very much for this round-up.

mikeyboss on September 10, 2006 at 3:54 PM

KGTV, ABC’s local San Diego station, has it on their web TV listing as:

8-10:30p.m. for Sept. 10 and
8-10:15p.m. for Sept. 11

Entelechy on September 10, 2006 at 4:16 PM

I just checked the MM site and can attest that 30 min. have been cut, alas not as the reader/commenter there captured it; at least not for the San Diego ABC schedule, whatever this means…

I checked the KGTV/ABC local San Diego schedule yesterday and it had:

Sept. 10, from 8-10:30 and
Sept. 11, from 8-10:45 (docudrama, with 15 min. interruption for the President’s speech)

Now Monday’s schedule shows 8-10:15p.m.

Entelechy on September 10, 2006 at 4:32 PM

Allah, again you are the resource for me. Many thanks again.

I won’t be satisfied until the ABC show actually airs.

DannoJyd on September 10, 2006 at 4:36 PM

The schedule in my area shows it 8:00pm – 11:00pm tonight, and 8:00pm – 9:00pm, President from 9-9:20, then it returns 9:20pm – 10:17pm.

Maybe my area is not going to show the edited version?

Enoxo on September 10, 2006 at 5:21 PM

More proof from Clinton’s own lips that Monica was more on his ‘mind” than OBL.


The man is a bonafide sex addict and serial philanderer who left alot of serious matters go untouched to satisfy himself.

bbz123 on September 10, 2006 at 7:09 PM

If I can just re-phrase my points above.

The scene with Berger (it’s actually set up as teleconference with CIA, FBI

Jack Bauer on September 10, 2006 at 7:13 PM

The film is airing ( drudge has NZ) but the Berger scene has beed cut.

bbz123 on September 10, 2006 at 7:13 PM

Not known what will be cut for the U.S. airing, but ABC will go ahead with no sponsor and then make it available free.

Here’s the crux of it, ladies and gentlemen:

One of the movie’s biggest critics has been Richard Ben Veniste, a Democrat, who was also a member of the 9/11 Commission and said to often be at odds with Kean while the Commission was conducting its investigation and putting together its report.

Ben Veniste prevented the truth to make it into the 9/11 report, (therefore it never happened /sarc), the Clinton gang assumed that time would pass and we’d forget and not look into it deeper; Mr. Bush, being a gentlemen, never criticized Mr. Clinton; then came the 5 year anniversary and this little pest “Path to 9/11”

Among the inaccuracies alleged by Clinton is that while the 9/11 Commission was not critical of his efforts to apprehend al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the movie insinuates that he was preoccuppied with fighting his impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky situation.

And, voila, we are reminded what could have been and what wasn’t prevented, if only…and all of a sudden the ‘curtain-hanging plans for Pelosi/Reid’ got a little tougher…and the legacy a little more stained.

Aired in New Zeeland already, with very few cuts.

I’d love to be a fly in the Clinton household this week, just kidding…

Entelechy on September 10, 2006 at 8:05 PM

Virtually all historical films put words in the mouth of people that they depict. The manufactured dialog shouldn’t distort reality.

The media should let us know what led to the terrorist attacks, so that we can learn from our mistakes. The failures of the Clinton Admin. should be depicted accurately, and so should those of the Bush Admin.

It seems that the Sudan offered Bin Laden to Mr. Clinton at least once, but he declined to arrest him.

Former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick seems to be the person who prevented the sharing of intelligence between the C.I.A. and the F.B.I., and yet served on the 9/11 Commission, a travesty and contradiction of interests.

During the impeachment hearings, Mr. Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan. The Defense Secretary, William Cohen, swore that the CIA had detected precursors of V-X nerve gas outside the factory. However, if the factory contained nerve gas, the missiles would’ve spread the gas throughout the city, killing thousands of people. Later, the CIA admitted that there were no weapons in the factory.

The Clinton Admin. seems to have warned people before firing the cruise missiles at camps in Afghanistan, for fear of killing Pakistani princes, along with Bin Laden.

Mr. Clinton failed to react to the 1993 bombing of the WTC.

Our failure in Mogadishu seems to have inspired Bin Laden.

The facts about Mr. Berger and Ms. Albright should speak for themselves. They were part of that Admin. and I’m ok with the scenes with/about them being removed.

Entelechy on September 10, 2006 at 8:15 PM

As a Goldwater-era conservative, I am no friend of the ex-Sex Addict-in-Chief or the idiots who worked for him. However…
Missed opportunities have been pretty bipartisen over the last quater century and our crystal-clear 20-20 hindsight. My brother got a course in advanced body-part sorting during the first declaration of War by the Islamofascists; the Beirut barracks bombing in 1983.
Of course, Clinton was distracted and clearly has an asinine concept of relativism. That doesn’t excuse him, but neither can all the other ‘Guardians of the Republic’- on both sides of the aisle- be excused.

Bottom line, all of our concept changed on that day 5 years ago. Things that are obvious now were not obvious then.

The Dems are howling merely because they desire to pin everything on the evil Bush and a basic portrayal of the decades of planning and activities of Al-Queda shows they were every bit as asleep at the wheel as everybody else. And claiming they did better is the only bullet in the security arsenal. This shows it’s a dud.

Mike O on September 10, 2006 at 9:17 PM

Mike O, I fully agree with you. I don’t think you will find many conservatives who believe it’s all Mr. Clinton’s fault, they just don’t want history to forget the responsibilities and missed opportunities of the Clinton Admin. either.

That’s the path this part of the story was on, until “Path to 9/11”. The 9/11 commission report has the events scattered all over and the average citizen doesn’t have time/interest to read thousands of pages – the media was derelict in not informing them.

One more item has been on my mind, regarding “equivalency” – AQ didn’t ming killing hundreds and wounding thousands, many Muslims, during the e embasst bombings – yet the Clinton Admin. stopped the one-time bombing of bin Laden because supposedly there were a few women/children moving into the camp and another time Pakistani princes present (who by all probability were plotting with him to kill us).

Entelechy on September 10, 2006 at 10:20 PM

Correction – excited me, again :(

s/b “the 2 embassy bombings”

Entelechy on September 10, 2006 at 10:23 PM

I just watched “9|11” on CBS. Beyond the factual errors in “Path to 9/11” and the fact that ABC only sent it to right-wing pundits (which proves they were aware that it was biased) I just wasn’t interested in a fictionalized account. “9|11” was fantastic. Fantastic footage, fantastic interviews, plenty of eye-moistening moments, and nary a politically slanted message in sight.

I’d rather remember the event than relive the low-brow mudslinging that went on between Republicans and Democrats.

My condolences to anyone who opted to watch “Path to 9/11” out of spite for Democrats’ efforts to get it canceled. I also hear the Democrats don’t like smokers — 9/11 would be a great day to start the habit!

Mark Jaquith on September 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM

San Diego will show the Charger game tonight and the 2nd half of the docu-drama next Saturday. A matter of significance at local ABC…

Entelechy on September 11, 2006 at 4:19 PM