Video: Clinton takes strong, principled stand against lying

My head hurts.

Update: Here’s the text of the e-mail DNC Executive Director Tom McMahon sent around to the true believers this afternoon. I love the reference to “the suits,” one of whom presumably is George Mitchell, current Chairman of the Board of Disney and former Democratic Senator. I also like that he calls the program “right-wing.” Go see what the New York Times had to say about that.

Thanks to Kid from Brooklyn for sharing.

Dear Fellow Democrat,

This is it: crunch time for getting the slanderous ABC television docudrama “The Path to 9/11” yanked off the air. The network schedule has this slanderous attack on Democrats slated to start on Sunday night, September 10, at 8 o’clock — and as long as it stays on the schedule, we have work to do. Tell your friends and family about this disgrace and ask them to push to keep this propaganda off the air:

Here’s the good news: the suits at ABC and the Walt Disney Company have started panicking under pressure, thanks to your ferocious response to the outrageous decision to put this irresponsible miniseries on the air. But until Disney quits defending its plan to broadcast conservative propaganda — fraudulently presented to Americans as “based on the 9/11 Commission Report” — the company should plan to keep taking every bit of heat we dish out.

Here’s a quick catch-up on developments over the last 48 hours:

* President Clinton, through his attorney, rebuked ABC for producing a “factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate” miniseries — and walked the network through three make-believe scenes in the “the Path to 9/11” that defame people and misrepresent events during his administration.
* Clinton’s spokesman later stepped up the pressure, condemning Disney as “despicable” for “airing a fictional version of what is a serious and emotional event for our country. No reputable organization,” he said, “should dramatize 9-11 for a profit at the expense of the truth.”
* The families of September 11 victims have weighed in on the controversy, telling “entertainers” not to “promote misleading or incorrect information as fact to the public.”
* House and Senate Democratic leaders hammered Disney president and CEO Robert Iger, in letters that questioned the company’s commitment to its “reputation … as a corporation worthy of the trust of the American people and the United States Congress.”
* Scholastic has pulled teaching materials off its website and has scrambled to adopt a plan to help teachers show students “the differences between factual reporting and a dramatization,” but is still encouraging teachers to show their students this propaganda.

Thanks for helping to make all this happen by joining over 150,000 Americans who told Disney president Robert Iger to keep this cheap right-wing miniseries off our airwaves. But our work isn’t done. Before we deliver your letter today, tell your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to insist that Disney and ABC live up to its duty to tell the truth:

Thank you,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee