Audio: Are the Clintons suppressing Path to 9-11′s DVD release?

posted at 2:15 pm on September 5, 2007 by Bryan

Drudge fronted this briefly earlier today, then it got knocked off by another fun headline for anti-Clintonistas, about Norman Hsu dropping out of sight. He’ll be sipping tea in Hong Kong with other 1996 fundraising figures by the weekend, I’m sure.

This tale has to do with Path to 9-11, the ABC docu-drama that the Clintons and their mouthpieces bashed and slashed when it premiered on TV in 2006. Now, there are rumblings that ABC is suppressing the film’s release to DVD because HillBilly is attempting a return to the White House.

Among the nearly two dozen television DVDs slated for nationwide release on Sept. 11 is the second season of “Bones,” the third season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and the miniseries “The Starter Wife” that aired earlier this year. Not on the list on that day or any other in the near future is last year’s highly controversial “The Path to 9/11.”

The $40-million, five-hour ABC miniseries, which recently received seven Emmy nominations and drew a combined two-night audience of more than 25 million viewers, is for now on the path to nowhere. Its Amazon page reads: “Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

With no date for the release, questions are being raised about whether political pressure is behind its current status as a stalled or discarded DVD project. The reasons are murky, but the miniseries’ writer, Cyrus Nowrasteh, believes it’s crystal clear: Powerful forces are out to protect Bill Clinton’s presidential legacy and shield Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) from any potential collateral damage in her bid for the White House.

Nowrasteh, also one of the miniseries’ many producers, said he was told by a top executive at ABC Studios that “if Hillary weren’t running for president, this wouldn’t be a problem.”

KFI radio’s John Ziegler had Nowrasteh on his show last night to talk about the situation. Click to play.

The average turnaround from airing or the end of a film’s theatrical run to DVD release is about four months. It has been nearly a year since Path to 9-11 aired.


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Can’t say I’m surprised. MSM interested in digging into this story is predicted to be non-existant.

TexasDan on September 5, 2007 at 2:20 PM

He said it’s been streamed on the internet? Anyone know where?

MadisonConservative on September 5, 2007 at 2:26 PM

But on the bright side, Season 2 of Robot Chicken is out this week.

Thomas the Wraith on September 5, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Those darn DVDs just disappeared, like Hsu.

Brat on September 5, 2007 at 2:32 PM

I heard that live last night. Have to admit I wasn’t surprised.

infidel4life on September 5, 2007 at 2:40 PM

The reasons are murky, but the miniseries’ writer, Cyrus Nowrasteh, believes it’s crystal clear: Powerful forces are out to protect Bill Clinton’s presidential legacy and shield Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) from any potential collateral damage in her bid for the White House.

Who needs the NSA when you have the Clintonistas? If you cross them, they will make you vanish. If your workproduct sheds a bad light on them, it will vanish. Be very afraid, especially if you hear footsteps behind you (because by then it’s too late). If you happen to see any of these people…run.

Rick on September 5, 2007 at 2:40 PM

Look, money talks. Disney probably ran the numbers and found they’ll lose money on releasing an overpriced (four hours of TV content for $40 million is high–it usually costs a fraction of that) miniseries on DVD. Disney’s a public company beholden to shareholders and the bottom line. Nothing else.

Hey, it’s no secret that liberals love money–no matter how hard they try to convince people otherwise–and will do anything to get more of it because they rarely have a moral underpinning to stop them from selling out their principles. Can there be so many ass-kisser Democrats at the tippy-top of Disney that they’d forego more money and risk shareholder backlash when their quarterly revenue numbers are artificially low?

On the other hand, political conservatives and Republicans need to stop being so tight with their money. If Republicans want to see more movies, TV, videos, and games that reflect our values, then those Republicans need to pony up the money to produce and distribute that content.

ScottMcC on September 5, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Glad I recorded it when it ran the first time.

CP on September 5, 2007 at 2:43 PM

Sounds like a good thing to me.

Let it stew and simmer, always there in the back of her mind as a threat needing to be contained.

It will make a great addition to the multi-ton ‘October Surprise’ cake. ;)

KCSteve on September 5, 2007 at 2:47 PM

They’ll release it after they edit in the part where Clinton realized there was a terrorist threat, and aggressively went after OBL.

Translation: Move over Ishtar

fogw on September 5, 2007 at 2:50 PM

perhaps it’s time to squeeze her cankles until she squeals?

swami on September 5, 2007 at 2:53 PM

I am surprised and shocked…shocked…that you all would think the media capable of such a trick. Integrity is everything to them. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

Limerick on September 5, 2007 at 3:02 PM

I wonder if any torrent sites has this thingy. I’ve never heard of it.

mythicknight on September 5, 2007 at 3:03 PM

ABC is not releasing Path to 9/11 ?
Well d’uh.
They wouldn’t want to do anything that might interfere with the making of the sequel.

billy on September 5, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Dang! I sent this to Allah at 8:30 this morning. Everytime I send one thing to him, he ignores it or something. And when I send it to you, he gets it from someone else.

I’m sending everything to you from now on. Ok?

Rightwingsparkle on September 5, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Not to worry; Sandy Bergler has possession of the master DVD.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 5, 2007 at 3:31 PM

IN: Redacted
OUT: Path to 9-11

Reason: BillyJeff and ShrillHill don’t want you to see Norman Hsu in the credits. His role was wonderfully reenacted by the talented Jackie Chan.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 5, 2007 at 3:39 PM

If Hillary wins, will that mean those of us who watched the movie will have to go through reeducation camps?

Kini on September 5, 2007 at 3:40 PM

For those still looking its still out on the internet if you know where to look, if not give me an IM on yahoo or AIM and I’ll help you find it…..

liquidflorian on September 5, 2007 at 4:17 PM

liquidflorian on September 5, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Hows bout just posting it here?

Kini on September 5, 2007 at 4:20 PM

Hows bout just posting it here?

Kini on September 5, 2007 at 4:20 PM

I just found it by doing a Google search, but it looks like it might be against the Hot Air terms of service to share the link here. I’ll try contacting you through your blog.

Dave Shay on September 5, 2007 at 4:43 PM

I knew the fix would be in. The media wants a Democrat in the White House and they will disregard all journalistic standards to make sure it happens.

SoulGlo on September 5, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Dave Shay on September 5, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Thanks, I understand why you opted not to post the link.

Kini on September 5, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Hows bout just posting it here?

Kini on September 5, 2007 at 4:20 PM

I don’t think the H/A staff would want my linking to torrent sites, otherwise I would. If you check sites like mini nova or ISO hunt you’ll be in business.

liquidflorian on September 5, 2007 at 5:32 PM

I wonder if any torrent sites has this thingy. I’ve never heard of it.

mythicknight on September 5, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Absolutely, they have it at 2 torrent sites.

Tim Burton on September 5, 2007 at 5:45 PM

From what I’ve read about Hillary, she has pissed a lot of people off. I hope to see her get swift-boated.

Dork B. on September 5, 2007 at 6:32 PM

“I am not suppressing this DVD. The last time I saw it, it was on the table outside my bedroom.”

Her Royal Clinton

Labamigo on September 5, 2007 at 6:51 PM

I hope the DVD comes out soon. I’m planning on using it as a stocking stuffer for the nephews and nieces.

Zorro on September 5, 2007 at 7:21 PM

This is complete garbage.

I’d love to ask Hillary if, in light of this, she believes in the First Amendment.

Glad my grandma recorded it so I could watch it.

Bulls@#$.

Hawkins1701 on September 5, 2007 at 8:36 PM

I thought copies were offered for sale through the network at the time the show first aired. Am I wrong?

At any rate, I, too, recorded and saved it. Was recently thinking of rewatching it, in fact. Wish more people could.

Captain Scarlet on September 6, 2007 at 2:36 AM

If Hitlery and her husband have nothing to hide release it.

Anybody But Clinton (ABC) is being true to its call letters, beat up everyone or thing except the Clinton’s.

I, among many others, am still trying to figure out how the Clinton’s obtained celebrity? What they are well known or famous for? If it is being lier’s and cheats that the public holds in esteem we are looking at the wrong end of the gun.

MSGTAS on September 6, 2007 at 10:02 AM

A while back I stumbled on Seraphic Secret, the blog of Robert J. Avrech, an Emmy Award winning conservative Jewish screenwriter. He has some interesting insight on this in his post today, A Night in Hollywood: Obsession:

The Path to 9-11: Not

“What they are doing to your film is a disgrace.”
“Thanks for your support. You know, there are not a lot of people like us in this town.”

I’m talking with Cyrus Nowrasteh, the incredibly talented Writer and Producer of The ABC Miniseries The Path to 9/11. The film is up for seven Emmy nominations, got huge ratings, and yet Disney is not releasing the blockbuster Miniseries on DVD.

Karen [Avrech's wife] says to Cyrus: “I heard you on radio twice today, you were great.”

Cyrus smiles and thanks Karen.

Here’s what’s probably going on: Bill & Hillary Clinton and their powerful allies are putting massive pressure on the ever-reliable liberals in Hollywood to block the release of the DVD because it makes former President Clinton look, well, bad when it comes to dealing with the Islamo Nazis. The Hollywood establishment are doing everything in their power to help Hillary’s run for the White House.

Contrary to popular belief Hollywood cares more about ideology than profits. [my emphasis]

Karen laments that she didn’t tape “The Path to 9-11″ when it aired, after all, she was sure it would be out on DVD in a few months.

Cyrus turns to his lovely wife and says: “Give Karen a copy.”

Mrs. Nowrasteh unzips her pocketbook, hands Karen a fresh DVD.

“Hey, it pays to be a yenta, thanks so much.” Karen says.

“That’s the original version, the restored version.”

Cyrus is referring to a sequence that was edited after the Clintons went Soviet and demanded cuts before the film was aired. So much for freedom of artistic expression from Liberals.

He had great running commentary the other week of Christiane Amanpour and her God’s Warriors propaganda pieces. He also notes today that his friend, Wayne Kopping, who directed and edited Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, will be releasing it on DVD and is working on a sequel that focuses on jihad in America.

INC on September 6, 2007 at 5:06 PM