Thursday, September 07, 2006

My letter to ABC/Disney about 9/11 docu-drama

ABC/Disney recently completed its "docu-drama" about 9/11 and has been pre-screening it almost exclusively to conservative pundits for the past couple of weeks. This smacks of an agenda. Recent analysis has revealed numerous inaccuracies, some that directly conflict with the 9/11 Commission Report. Congressman John Conyers has been leading the charge to demand that ABC address these issues, lest it be seen as leveraging national sympathy for a partisan ulterior motive. Here's my letter to the Walt Disney CEO, submitted through this site:

Robert A. Iger
President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

Dear Mr. Iger:

I'm writing a personal letter instead of using a template because I want to voice my strong concern about the way this topic is being approached. The simple fact that the 9/11 report was previewed exclusively by conservatives - especially highly-partisan recipients such as Rush Limbaugh - is enough to concern me a great deal about the message and factual content of this show. Further analysis by those who are also concerned has revealed several inaccurate dramatizations, including some which are inconsistent with the 9/11 Commission Report. Combined with the exclusivity of those selected to preview the show leads me to believe that these inaccuracies were intentional, and that ABC is intending to push a partisan message about the 9/11 tragedy. Not only is this irresponsible, it is very inappropriate to leverage national mourning of the 9/11 tragedy for an underhanded purpose.

Please come clean on this film, and repair the factual holes or withdraw the movie entirely.
You may send your opinions here, even if you simply register your agreement using a template letter. I'm not an eager signatory of petitions to Congress, but unlike Congress it seems that ABC may be receptive to public opinion. If you're tired of how our country is cynically manipulated and lied to, please voice your concerns.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Text of my letter:

Mr. Robert Iger
President and CEO
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Mr. Iger:

Authors and dramatists have created and staged historical fiction for as long as there has been a history to fictionalize. But in your so-called docudrama, "The Path to 9/11," you are playing fast and loose with facts associated with real events that carry enormous implications for the lives and politics of living human beings.

In ignoring available truths on important issues, you have gone beyond literary license. By skewing your preview audience to include only those who will applaud your misrepresentations, you slide into knowing, and seemingly intentional, lies. That's not recklessness or even negligence, Mr. Iger. That's malice. There are penalties for treating the American public with such malice, and those go beyond whatever legal risk your lawyers may have calculated for you.

Won't you reconsider this disastrous path of your own? Won't you withdraw this defamatory propaganda disguised as a movie? Inflicting horrendous intentional damage to the nation in the name of religion is obscene. Doing it in the name of entertainment is unspeakable.