Bush Sept. 11th Address To Interrupt ABC 'Path Of 9-11'
Yet another wrinkle was thrown into the factually-challenged ABC "Path Of 9/11" drama today: President Bush is planning a prime-time address from the Oval Office on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 — and has asked the networks for time to broadcast his remarks. If all goes according to controversially-scheduled plan, ABC will be entering the final hour of the five-hour, two-part, commercial-free miniseries, which has been hotly debated over the past few days when it was revealed that elements of the film were fabricated, improvised, and not remotely grounded in proven fact.
The "docu-drama," which purports to have been "based on" the 9/11 Commission Report (but which has since been downgraded to "based in part" on the report, though they don't specify which part) has been the subject of intense criticism from a broad range of individuals, blogs and media outlets — as well as former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, all of whom have complained to ABC about factual misrepresentations about their actions and related events as portrayed in the film.
ABC has not yet announced what it will do with respect to the Bush speech, or whether it will, in fact, pull the miniseries as a result of the furor. According to ABC, the film is still undergoing revisions and edits in response to complaints; said Berger: "You can't fix it... You gotta yank it."
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