Thursday, September 07, 2006

"The Path to 9-11"

Here is Brent Bozell's take:

"To mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attack on America, ABC Entertainment is presenting a six-hour miniseries titled "The Path to 9/11," a forceful, compelling docudrama chronicling the struggles faced by America's counter-terrorist experts between the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 and the fatal one in 2001. Unlike the tone of too much of our reporting on terrorism, where anyone who fights terrorism is depicted as either assembling naked Muslim pyramids if in Iraq, or listening to Grandma's phone calls if at home, this film treats the fight against terror as deadly business, and not just deadly business but a noble struggle for the survival of our nation.

It seem to the left side of the blogosphere is all upset at the hard look this film gives the Clinton administration. Bozell says this:

"The Center for American Progress, led by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, has been marching on several fronts, at both Media Matters for America, and at the blog Think, which set up a campaign called "Tell ABC to Tell the Truth About 9/11" and claims the film is guilty of "whitewashing" the Bush administration's failures.

These folks either haven't watched the film, in which case they ought to remain silent, or have seen it, in which case they are being disingenuous.

Both Clinton and Bush officials come under fire, and if it seems more anti-Clinton, that's only because they were in office a lot longer than the Team Bush before 9-11. Indeed, the film drives home the point that from our enemies' perspective, it's irrelevant who is in the White House. (One scene has Muslims shooting machine guns at a video image of Bill Clinton.) They simply want to kill Americans, and destroy America."

Bozell ends with this truth:

"Most people will find this movie not just engrossing, but necessary. The people who will hate this movie are the radicals who dismiss the war on terrorism as a phantom issue. As one blogger at the Daily Kos pleaded about the ABC film: "So who is the greater threat to Democracy? Terrorists or media consolidation?" Nothing, but nothing will bring this crowd to reality.

ABC chief Bob Iger reportedly has told his staff he believes this is one television show all of America needs to see. He's right."

via NRO