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Has ABC Made Minor Edits To "The Path To 9/11?"

If the information in the following email Hugh Hewitt posted tonight is correct, edits will be made, but they are minor. (Hat tip: Larwyn)

The Disney execs met all through the weekend - unheard of in this business - debating what changes would be made and what concessions should be given. Here is what looks to be the conclusion:

- There will be a handful of tweaks made to a few scenes.
- They are minor, and nuance in most cases - a line lift here, a tweak to the edit there.
- There are 900 screeners out there. When this airs this weekend, there will be a number of people who will spend their free evenings looking for these changes and will be hard pressed to identify them. They are that minor.
- The average viewer would not be able to tell the difference between the two versions.
- The message of the Clinton Admin failures remains fully intact.

The story here is the backlash that the Disney/ABC execs experienced was completely unexpected and is what caused them to question themselves and make these changes at all. Had this been the Bush Admin pressuring, they wouldn't have even taken the call. The execs and studio bosses are dyed in the wool liberals and huge supporters of Clinton and the Democratic Party in general. They had no idea any of this could happen. As I understand this, the lawyers and production team spent literally months corroborating every story point down to the sentence. The fact that they were the attacked and vilified by their "own team" took them completely by surprise; this is the first time they've been labeled right-wing, conservative conspiracists.

The scramble caused by this backlash was so all consuming that the execs spent their holiday weekend behind closed door meetings and revamped their ad campaign. But at the end of their mad scramble, they found only a handful of changes they could make and still be true to the events. The changes are done only to appease the Clinton team - to be able to say they made changes. But the blame on the Clinton team is in the DNA of the project and could not be eradicated without pulling the entire show. A $40 million investment on the part of ABC is enough to stem even Bill Clinton's influence.

An exclamation point on this event is the fact that Oliver Stone will endorse the project this week. Not known for his conservative leanings, he loves the project. Perhaps this and the fact that the production company that made Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" are endorsing it would underline just how far out or touch and scared the Clinton Admin is about the revelation of the facts as portrayed in this project. Is it just that Clinton is continuing to re-define his legacy? Or is it his fears for this election cycle and 2008? Or both?

Thanks for getting the word out. It's made a significant difference in getting this broadcasted as it should be.



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Comments (35)

Good article on the upcomin... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Good article on the upcoming show (and a show it now is) since they will lie like a worthless hunting dog about the changes they made. I definetly will not watch in on ABC. I may buy the DVD if they sell the unedited version. Always Broadcasting Crap ABC remains true to it's roots, so liberal biased they shouldn't be allowed to cast themselves as a news organization.

"so liberal biased they sh... (Below threshold)
RobLACa.:

"so liberal biased they shouldn't be allowed to cast themselves as a news organization."


Exactly right Scrapiron. Not a single one of them. That's is why I them what they are. The Three Ring Circus Party of Perpetual Fraud. Democrat Bleadership , their Lap Dummies (Liberal MSM) and the Immoral Loony Liberals in Hollywood.

Not even "The Ringling Brothers World's Greatest Shows and the Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth combined can touch the wide eyed hysterics of their simultaneous Countrywide uncontrollable attack of diarrhea of the mouth. And boy you should see the way Media jumps through those hoops being thrown every which way by dead horse faces and hair primping girly men. They even have this hideous creature so shrill they had to replay all class windows and drinking glasses with plastic.

Boy I'll tell ya , these clowns can really put on a show and what endurance. Going on six years strong.

I'm sure ABC has simply fic... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I'm sure ABC has simply fictionalized the story for dramatic clarity.

Since this is purportedly t... (Below threshold)

Since this is purportedly to be based on the 9/11 Commission Report, is there a snowball's chance in hell that Able Danger will get a mention?

The fact that the... (Below threshold)
MikeB:
The fact that they were the attacked and vilified by their "own team" took them completely by surprise.

Lieberman was a little suprised as well at his treatment... but the Liberal Inquisition marches on.

- MikeB

It boggles the mind to hear... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

It boggles the mind to hear some of the more deranged Left act as if terrorism didn't exist until Jan of 2001. To think that the Clinton Administration actions (or lack thereof) was blameless for 9/11 is just assinine. Even the terrorists admit planning had been done long before Bush was elected.

If even half the attention focused on Bush's 8 months in office was spent on Clinton's 8 years in office the general public would learn just how badly the Clintons bungled the job.

Clinton had said he wished he had a challenge like 9/11 -- he did, he just didn't do anything about it.

OK so lets just say Clinton... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

OK so lets just say Clinton did a bad job on terrorism, which he didn't as I'll show later.


Can anyone point to a single thing the Bush Administration did to address terrorism in their first 8 months?

1 single thing......

muirgeo - Had Clinton done ... (Below threshold)
James Brewer:

muirgeo - Had Clinton done his job in the 8 years he had, would Bush needed to deal with it in his first 8 months?

I'm sure that Muriego can s... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

I'm sure that Muriego can show us the excellent job that Clinton did with terrorism later... As soon as he finishes creating his "facts" whole cloth from the poo he just left in the toilet.

the latest liberal spin/lie... (Below threshold)
jp:

the latest liberal spin/lie to cover clinton's failures that doomed the country is that he had anti-terror legislation and the republicans in congress blocked it....its a hilarious lie


Maybe they'll get his "legislation" right and mention that he in 1998 pushed through "Regime Change in Iraq" as official US policy

Minor changes:All ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Minor changes:

All dialogue with 'Clinton' will be erased and replaced with a voice that sounds amazingly like George Snuffleupagus saying 'Bush'.

Other changes will be a voiceover repeating the phrase 'It's all Bush's fault'.

OK, as I suspected NO ONE c... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

OK, as I suspected NO ONE could name ONE thing the Bush administration did to fight terrorism.

Now here is a list of things Clinton did do to fight terrorism against a backdrop of a Republican Congress sided with FBI director Louie Freeh and a congress obsessed with impeaching the President for lying.

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/7/30/154040/162

July 1996: Congressional Republicans object to Clinton's proposed expansion of the intelligence agencies wiretap authority.

September 1996: Republicans in Congress refuse all of Clinton's requested counterterrorism spending. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): "The administration would be wise to utilize the resources Congress has already provided before it requests additional funding."

August 6: George Tenet delivers to the vacationing Bush a memo entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.", saying al Qaeda is planning on hijacking planes and possibly attacking New York. No action is taken. The next day Bush tells the press pool "I've got a lot of national secuirty concerns that we're working on - Iraq, Macedonia, very worrisome right now."


August 25th: Bush still on vacation. Clarke's memo of fighting terrorism still sitting around, waiting for his attention. Bush tells press "Spot's a good runner. You know, Barney-terriers are bred to go into holes and pull out varmint. And Spotty chases birds. Spotty's a great water dog. I'll go fly fishing this afternoon on my lake." Later builds a nature trail.

Here's a summary. One home... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Here's a summary. One homeland terrorist attack occurs 1 month into the Clinton administration when they bombed the World Trade Center. Those guys were captured and are now in jail.

No other homeland attacks occur during the remainder of Clintons 8 years. In fact the biggest time of threat, during the millennium, many plots were foiled.


Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport was not the only terrorist operation planned to coincide with the millennium. President Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, announced that in the weeks before the New Year law enforcement had disrupted terrorist cells "in eight countries, and attacks were almost certainly prevented."

Bush gets in and ignores terrorism and then we have 9/11 and Osama still runs free 1/2 trillion dollars later.

9/11 happened on Bush's watch and he still continues to ignore the 9/11 commissions recommendations to make us safer.

We are no safer with this dope in office and the American people will tell you so in November. Once Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as President we will all be MUCH safer.

Here's a summary. One home... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Here's a summary. One homeland terrorist attack occurs 1 month into the Clinton administration when they bombed the World Trade Center. Those guys were captured and are now in jail.

No other homeland attacks occur during the remainder of Clintons 8 years. In fact the biggest time of threat, during the millennium, many plots were foiled.


Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport was not the only terrorist operation planned to coincide with the millennium. President Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, announced that in the weeks before the New Year law enforcement had disrupted terrorist cells "in eight countries, and attacks were almost certainly prevented."

Bush gets in and ignores terrorism and then we have 9/11 and Osama still runs free 1/2 trillion dollars later.

9/11 happened on Bush's watch and he still continues to ignore the 9/11 commissions recommendations to make us safer.

We are no safer with this dope in office and the American people will tell you so in November. Once Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as President we will all be MUCH safer.

Anyone really care that mui... (Below threshold)

Anyone really care that muirgeo is just regurgitating stuff that is sooooo 2004?

Yo, muirgeo. Been there, done that. We've heard this all before. That Aug. 6 memo was nothing specific. You libs cling to it like it's the greatest smoking gun there ever was.

There's nothing you can say here that hasn't been regurgitated by other libs countless times before. And thoroughly trashed, I might add.

"As I understand this, t... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"As I understand this, the lawyers and production team spent literally months corroborating every story point down to the sentence. The fact that they were the attacked and vilified by their "own team" took them completely by surprise; this is the first time they've been labeled right-wing, conservative conspiracists. "

To lefties the whole unvarnished truth sounds like a right wing conspiracy.

...

muirgeo: "Once Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as President we will all be MUCH safer"

Another secular socialist's credibily plummets beyond zero into the negatives.

And as expected, muirego ha... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

And as expected, muirego has pulled his argument whole cloth from his ass...

Mirror egoMuch saf... (Below threshold)
914:

Mirror ego

Much safer then what? You cant be any safer then no attacks.

And by the way Sandy Burglar is a convicted felon. So when Your quoting Him, there is absolutely zero credibility.

There are several folks who... (Below threshold)
Corky Boyd:

There are several folks who have the unedited tapes, including some bloggers. While it will take a little time, it is a fairly simple job to check for the outtakes and editing.

If they are severe, it will be an embarrassment to ABC.

IGNORE the troll muirgeo! ... (Below threshold)
ordi:

IGNORE the troll muirgeo! Google him! He is a troll! He trolls Wisbang, Capts Quarters, Blogs for Bush, Wuzzadem, right thinking girl.

Here is a sample of his prior postings at capt Quarters:

Yeah lets make the focus on Able Danger and forget the here and now facts that suggest we have done almost nothing to make our country safer from a terrorist attack on the homeland.

Do you guys ever get tired of covering for and making excuses for this administrations ineptitude? You know you can still hate democrats and criticize the president at the same time.


muirgeo
Posted by muirgeo at December 7, 2005 03:27 PM

He is a one-note Johnny! If we answer his request he will just use left wing drivel/talking points to attempt to debunk what we counter with! Ignore him!

"Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot... (Below threshold)
James Brewer:

"Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport was not the only terrorist operation planned to coincide with the millennium." The plot was foiled because of a LAX security guard, not the feds. They were still having to work behind the 'Gorelick Wall'. Facts -pesky little things.

OK, as I suspected NO ON... (Below threshold)
OregonMuse:

OK, as I suspected NO ONE could name ONE thing the Bush administration did to fight terrorism.

Maybe you'd better read the 9-11 report, then. I refer you especially to ch. 6 where it details what the Bush admin. did when it first took office.

To say that Bush did nothing is fatuous nonsense. But I think you know that.

I would provide direct quotes, but the 9-11 report .pdf file doesn't allow cutting and pasting. The information is there if you want to look at it, but I suspect that you don't.

Incidentally, the 9-11 report also mentions that the Bush administration was hampered by Al Gore's efforts to overturn the results of the 2004 election, which delayed the new administration getting the transition team installed and slowed down the senaatorial confirmation process for his appointments.

OregonMuseHere is ... (Below threshold)
ordi:

OregonMuse

Here is a link to a copy of the 911 Report in HTML. Note is may take awhile to load.

http://www.faqs.org/docs/911/

Let's just make sure that i... (Below threshold)
Nell:

Let's just make sure that if any aggregious editing is done to appease Clinton, we make sure he only succeeds in amplifying whatever it is he wants to bury.

By the time Pee-loser gets ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

By the time Pee-loser gets in her eyes will be in the back of her head from all the face lifts.

Thank you muirgeo! Wow, I r... (Below threshold)

Thank you muirgeo! Wow, I really didn't know Clinton did so much to fight terror. And you mean for eight months frat boy did nothing?

Nooooo, come on, he had to have done something. I mean, didn't Ms. Thing (AKA Condi I need some new shoes Rice) jump all over the terror thing when she was warned about Al. Qaeda?

Gee, I tought she did. Oh well, I learn so much when I come to Wizbang. Even if it's only from one person.

July 1996: Congressional... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

July 1996: Congressional Republicans object to Clinton's proposed expansion of the intelligence agencies wiretap authority.

From Newt Gingrich: When you have an administration that steals 900 FBI files on political enemies (note: Bush has not had one FBI file on a Dem), it's hard to really have a lot of faith in them with this kind of power.

September 1996: Republicans in Congress refuse all of Clinton's requested counterterrorism spending. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): "The administration would be wise to utilize the resources Congress has already provided before it requests additional funding."

Shockingly, the link cited in the piece doesn't work. Color me stunned.

August 6: George Tenet delivers to the vacationing Bush a memo entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.", saying al Qaeda is planning on hijacking planes and possibly attacking New York. No action is taken. The next day Bush tells the press pool "I've got a lot of national secuirty concerns that we're working on - Iraq, Macedonia, very worrisome right now."

Again with references to federal buildings in NYC (which, mind you, were not targeted).

No action taken on "attack planned in New York". Again, as I asked earlier, feel free to provide anything that could be done with that info. Shut down air travel? Shut down Manhattan? Arrest all Muslims?

It's like me saying "Well, New Orleans might get wet" was actionable enough to say "Well, dang, the levees are going to fail!!!"

August 25th: Bush still on vacation. Clarke's memo of fighting terrorism still sitting around, waiting for his attention. Bush tells press "Spot's a good runner. You know, Barney-terriers are bred to go into holes and pull out varmint. And Spotty chases birds. Spotty's a great water dog. I'll go fly fishing this afternoon on my lake." Later builds a nature trail.

Clarke was a buffoon.

Al Qaeda's actions during the Clinton administration.

*1993: Shot down US helicopters and killed US servicemen in Somalia

*1994: Plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II during his visit to Manila

*1995: Plotted to kill President Clinton during a visit to the Philippines

*1995: Plot to to bomb simultaneously, in midair, a dozen US trans-Pacific flights was discovered and thwarted at the last moment

*1998: Conducted the bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed at least 301 individuals and injured more than 5,000 others

*1999: Attempt to carry out terrorist operations against US and Israeli tourists visiting Jordan for millennial celebrations was discovered just in time by Jordanian authorities

*1999: In another millenium plot, bomber was caught en route to Los Angeles International Airport

*2000: Bombed the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 US Navy members, and injuring another 39

Yeah, I'll take that track record as proof positive of success.

No other homeland attacks occur during the remainder of Clintons 8 years. In fact the biggest time of threat, during the millennium, many plots were foiled.

Foiled, mind you, by blind luck and not by any actual work of the administration.

And you seem to miss the embassy bombings (US territory all), slaughtering of troops in Khobar ---- in addition to dividing the country so thoroughly that a federal building in OKC was bombed.

"THAT'S NOT FAIR!!" some will cry. The same ones, mind you, who will condemn Bush for being divisive.

Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport was not the only terrorist operation planned to coincide with the millennium. President Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, announced that in the weeks before the New Year law enforcement had disrupted terrorist cells "in eight countries, and attacks were almost certainly prevented."

The 9/11 Commission stated that nothing Clinton's people did led to the prevention of the attack. Berger, in a shocker, made it up.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4864792/

9/11 happened on Bush's watch and he still continues to ignore the 9/11 commissions recommendations to make us safer.

WTC I was under Clinton and his inaction emboldened OBL. And his divisive political style led to a massacre in OKC.

Just to keep in mind.
-=Mike

Thanks for the link, ordi.<... (Below threshold)
OregonMuse:

Thanks for the link, ordi.

From Newt Gingrich: When you have an administration that steals 900 FBI files on political enemies

This is a good point that the left conveniently keeps forgetting, that is, it was Clinton's practice to use the power of federal agencies to carry on his political vendettas. Muriego keeps whining about "name ONE thing Bush did against terrorism before 9/11" We can say, "name ONE political enemy of President Bush's whose FBI file was found in the White House."

OregonMuse,Your we... (Below threshold)
ordi:

OregonMuse,

Your welcome!

Here is a question for the trolls.

Is there a single thing the Bush Admin has undertaken in the fight against terrorism, AQ and other islamic facists the Democrats have supported in FIVE (5) YEAR?

1 single thing...... in five years

OregonMuse,Your we... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

OregonMuse,

Your welcome!

Here is a question for the trolls.

Is there a single thing the Bush Admin has undertaken in the fight against terrorism, AQ and other islamic facists the Democrats have supported in FIVE (5) YEAR?

1 single thing...... in five years

Posted by: ordi


Hmmm...yeah, they voted to go into Afganastan and catch OBL.....but Bush screwed that up too...he let him get away. In fact, in the 9-11 report it states thet Taliban offered OBL to Bush but he refused him.

And the Democrats have put forth multiple Bills to improve homeland security but they have either been held from vote or voted down by the Republican majoiry. @ in specific were to improve port security and the Repugs voted them down.

Regarding Filegate Gingrich... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Regarding Filegate Gingrich's claim is a non sequiter;

In March 2000, Independent Counsel Robert Ray determined that there was no credible evidence of any criminal activity. Ray's report further stated "there was no substantial and credible evidence that any senior White House official, or First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, was involved" in seeking the files.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_personnel_file_controversy

Hmmm...yeah, they voted ... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Hmmm...yeah, they voted to go into Afganastan and catch OBL.....but Bush screwed that up too...he let him get away. In fact, in the 9-11 report it states thet Taliban offered OBL to Bush but he refused him.

Wow. That is some invention of reality there.

And the Democrats have put forth multiple Bills to improve homeland security but they have either been held from vote or voted down by the Republican majoiry. @ in specific were to improve port security and the Repugs voted them down.

Yes, because it is actually possible to physically inspect several hundred million things shipped to the US every month.

In March 2000, Independent Counsel Robert Ray determined that there was no credible evidence of any criminal activity. Ray's report further stated "there was no substantial and credible evidence that any senior White House official, or First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, was involved" in seeking the files.

Which is immaterial. NOBODY could figure out who was behind it. Livingstone, who lacked the qualification to do anything but was still an employee of the Clinton WH, clammed up for his bosses.

It's just odd that 900 files were there. They don't get left around all willy-nilly.

No other President ever had that happen. Not even Nixon. Bush hasn't had a single ONE FBI file in his possession.

Just Clinton.

Funny, huh?
-=Mike

stoopid democrapers... W is... (Below threshold)
Barney:

stoopid democrapers... W is the best president we ever had... anything good about clinton in the movie is the liberal abc doing him a favor... everything good and true in the movie is the honest abc production

muirgeo regurgitated<... (Below threshold)
DavidB:

muirgeo regurgitated

In fact, in the 9-11 report it states thet Taliban offered OBL to Bush but he refused him.

Link please you frigging troll.

OBL was offered to Clinton, and not by the Taliban, and Clinton refused him.

Moron.

Link please you frigging tr... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Link please you frigging troll.

OBL was offered to Clinton, and not by the Taliban, and Clinton refused him.

Moron.

Posted by: DavidB

How's bout this chunky?

http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn11012004.html

How Bush Was Offered Bin Laden and Blew It
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The Bush administration sent Mohabbat back, carrying kindred tidings of delay and regret to the Taliban three more times in 2001, the last in September after the 9/11 attack.
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Kabir Mohabbat's final trip to Afghanistan on the US government payroll took place on September 3, 2001. On September 11 Mohabbat acted as translator for some of the Taliban leadership in Kabul as they watched tv coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Four days later the US State Department asked Mohabbat to set up a meeting with the Taliban. Mohabbat says the Taliban were flown to Quetta in two C-130s. There they agreed to the three demands sought by the US team: 1. Immediate handover of bin Laden; 2. Extradition of foreigners in Al Qaeda who were wanted in their home countries; 3. shut-down of bin Laden's bases and training camps. Mohabbat says the Taliban agreed to all three demands.
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From the documents he's supplied us and from his detailed account we regard Kabir Mohabbat's story as credible and are glad to make public his story of the truly incredible failure of the Bush administration to accept the Taliban's offer to eliminate Bin Laden. As a consequence of this failure more than 3,000 Americans and thousands of Afghans died.
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He told his story to the 9/11 Commission (whose main concern, he tells us, was that he not divulge his testimony to anyone else), also to the 9/11 Families who were pursuing a lawsuit based on the assumption of US intelligence blunders by the FBI and CIA.




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