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.