brian on 2006.09.08
at 11:17 pm
Have you heard about the irresponsible fictionalize account of the 9/11 attack that ABC is airing? I personally am furious. ABC has been my favorite network for a long time, I’ve watched World News Tonight on ABC since I was 5 years old. Now my trust has been betrayed in the interest of controversy and partisanship.
Robert A. Iger
President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Dear Mr. Iger:
I’m very disappointed that you would make the horrendous choice to air a fictionalized, polarizing and politicized account of the events of a horrific event so recent in our country’s history, and so close to the 5th year anniversary — could confuse fiction with the truth (and your information has been determined directly contrary to the truth as stated by the 9/11 Commission) which could have an adverse effect on people’s perception of reality when they go to vote in primaries and elections that are now starting in our midterm elections. This ENTIRELY irresponsible of your company.
I haven’t determined what I will do personally about this, but right now I’m beginning with boycotting your World News Tonight, which is really sad because Charlie Gibson is by far my favorite news personality on any channel. But it’s the one thing I watch regularly on ABC.
I will not buy any more TV shows of ABC’s on iTunes. And I may write to all your advertisers to inform them of this as well. Additionally, I will be blogging this commentary on my blog, recently.rainweb.net, and talking about this at the blogging conference I’m going to with over 300 other influential bloggers this weekend. I will encourage them to blog about and join in the boycott as well.
Below this note is some boilerplate that I agree with wholeheartedly.
It has come to my attention that ABC plans to air a two-part mini-series called “The Path to 9/11” on September 10 and September 11. Accounts of advance screenings indicate that this program places primary responsibility for the attacks of 9/11 on the Clinton administration while whitewashing the failures of the Bush administration. This assertion is not supported by the 9/11 Commission Report upon which the program is purportedly based. This partisan misrepresentation of history is not surprising given that the movie was written by Cyrus Nowrasteh, an avowed conservative.
It is wrong for ABC to play politics with the facts of 9/11 by providing a national platform to present his distorted view of history. I am unwilling to whitewash the truth. The events that led to 9/11 are important topics for discussion and debate. But it’s a debate that must be conducted honestly.
I am asking ABC to either fix the many inaccuracies contained in the program – or to not air it.
I would appreciate a prompt reply to my e-mail.
I would encourage you to tell ABC what you think of their actions, as well.
Matt Griffin said on 2006.09.13 at 07:33 pm
Hey, I also sent Iger an email via freepress.net. I’m glad to have read recently that CBS’ old documentary (as opposed to Docu-Drama, whatever that is) beat out ABC’s crap as far as viewers went. And I also hear that American Airlines might actually sue ABC for making them look like they don’t really care about their customers lives.
Do you think I’d be violating the boycott if I torrent episodes of LOST? I don’t know if I could get by without my LOST fix…
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