Friday, September 08, 2006

ABC to re-edit 9-11 mockumentary;
Scholastic pulls misleading classroom guide

The folks at Media Matters for America have apparently prevailed in their challenge to ABC's entertainment division for its politicization of the upcoming anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, prompting ABC to re-edit its docudrama, "The Path to 9/11," which depicts Clinton administration officials as dismissive of the threat posed by al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Media Matters also won the day with Scholastic Inc., which produced and distributed accompanying classroom materials that were misleading and contained factual errors.

Great work, folks!

Now, can anybody explain why the reputation of 9-11 commissioner Tom Kean, who served as a consultant to the project, isn't marred by this? Obviously, coming so close to the November mid-term elections, the presentation would likely have, whether or not by design, the effect of shoring up the Republicans' fear-mongering message. Kean's son, Tom, Jr., is challenging Democrat Robert Menendez for the U.S. Senate seat vacated last year by Jon Corzine, who now governs the great home state of your blogstress. It's a very tight race in a state where Bush's approval ratings are in the dumpster.

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