Thursday, September 07, 2006

Clinton slipped a Mickey

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Even as the indefatiguable Brian Ross of ABC News broke a blockbuster story revealing the Bush administration's flexible standards for evil-doers in its so-called "War on Terror," the ABC entertainment division appears poised to enter the political fray on the side of the Bushies -- and against former President Bill Clinton and the Democrats -- in its dramatized depiction of the events that led up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. That the docudrama, "The Path to 9/11," will air nationally less than two months before mid-term congressional elections in which national security issues will take center stage, shows the willingness of ABC honchos (note: ABC is owned by Disney) to throw in with the Republicans in a most blatant way.

If you have any doubt, mes amis, consider the fact that while Bill Clinton was denied a review copy of the mini-series, Rush Limbaugh and a handful of other right-wing commentators were visited by the review-copy fairy godmother.

Media Matters for America is doing a bang-up job on this story, covering the craven reporting of several newspapers about the miniseries, and breaking the story of an inaccurate and misleading study guide (PDF file), based on the ABC series, produced by Scholastic Inc., for distribution in schools. From Media Matters:

The ABC/Scholastic "Student Resource Sheet 1" omits key information, resulting in a distorted account of pre-Iraq war WMD capabilities; misleadingly suggests a tie between Iraq and 9-11; and minimizes the current role of coalition troops in the country.
Check out the "Take Action" feature on the Media Matters site to register your opposition to the show and the study guide. Oh, and your blogstress firmly advises that her devotees cancel those planned vacations to Disney World, Disneyland and -- Goddess forbid -- EuroDisney. (And you know what happens if you defy your cybertrix.)

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