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BBC to show "The Path to 9/11"? - Grin with cat attached
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BBC to show "The Path to 9/11"? Sep. 9th, 2006 12:41 am
Apparently the BBC is to show this piece of unapologetic, revisionist NeoCon propoanda masquerading as "documentary".

I will be suggesting to them tomorrow that they make it very clear that this is essentially a work of partisan fiction.

Thanks to redcountess for the heads-up.

From: deliberateblank
Date: September 9th, 2006 - 12:36 am (Link)
You're obviously just part of the liberal media conspiracy.
From: wechsler
Date: September 9th, 2006 - 10:59 am (Link)
You noticed.
From: ciphergoth
Date: September 9th, 2006 - 09:06 am (Link)
I don't believe that it is still too early to make fiction about 9/11, but obviously the issue must be handled with the greatest sensitivity. That means not only respect for the lives lost, but a clear commitment to accuracy. I am therefore appalled that the BBC plan to show this shameless propaganda reel, which presents a number of outright falsehoods in its efforts to blame the Clinton administration for the attacks and leave the Bush administration blameless. The Path to 9/11 is a piece of tasteless fiction and a desecration of the memories of those who died.

Please assure me you will *not* be broadcasting any part of any reconstruction of events which runs flatly contrary to the known facts or the 9/11 commision report, except in a documentary examining those claims and providing balance. For example, please assure me you will not be broadcasting fictionalized footage of former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger hanging up on soldiers in Afghanistan.

Reports indicate that there are numerous other inaccuracies, documented here as well as other places:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Path_to_9/11
http://thinkprogress.org/?tag=Path+to+911

We can get this sort of thing on Sky News. We expect better from the BBC.

PS: Paragraphs. They make things readable. Why have you taken them away from us?
From: redcountess
Date: September 9th, 2006 - 09:20 am (Link)
Bravo! That's much better than mine :-)
From: bootpunk
Date: September 9th, 2006 - 11:00 am (Link)
Its causing a huge fuss in the States too. But, as always, these things are being split right down partisan lines. So it'll be 50.5% vs 49.5% all over again.

This, of course, is the on-going problem with ANYTHING that presents itself as a fictionalised account of a historical event. In the end, I don't think that the Path to 9/11 will go down as the worst offender in this genre - that honour will likely remain with Stone's JFK, that has poisoned the minds of a whole generation with its incredible factual inaccuracies and un-truths. The Path to 9/11 will almost certainly climb into second place tho'. The frightening thing is that Stone has shown just how easy it is to rewrite history in almost the whole of the public conciousness with once piece of ill-considered fiction. Scarey indeed.

But as with Stone's JFK, maybe we can rely on the BBC to bring to the table a proper documentary that puts the crap to bed. They've done that for the tower collapse consipiracies already, maybe they'll let Panorama loose to do a proper Al-Q docu.