If Democrats Had Nothing To Hide…

8 09 2006

Filed under: The Path to 9/11, Liberals, Unhinged

Updated: Clinton’s lawyers demand ABC pull the entire program. Scroll for updates.

… Then why all the unhinged complaining? Just take some responsbility. That’s all we ask. But that undermines the entire premise of the left that wants to blame Bush for literally EVERYTHING bad that has happened and take credit for the good that has occurred.

The title of the movie, “The Path to 9/11” says what it needs to about the content. If it was all Bush’s fault, then the title would be, “9/11 – What happened?” But the fact is we were attacked other times before that (USS Cole, WTC bombings, Somalia) and Clinton rolled into the fetal position sucking his thumb, not wanting to disrupt world peace. Guess what? It was already long gone by then, Bill!

But, as Michelle Malkin puts it, “the protests against ABC’s 9/11 docu-drama, “Path to 9/11,” have become completely unhinged.”

Hugh Hewitt summarizes it well:

“The Path to 9/11” is a superb condensing of the American non-response to terrorism’s growing threat beginning with the bungled surveillance of the first World Trade Center bombers right through the devastating attacks of 9/11. I spent most of yesterday’s three hour program with the program’s writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh, and no serious observer could listen to this interview and conclude that the movie is other than a deeply serious attempt to recount the events leading to the massacre of five years ago, primarily through the eyes of John O’Neill, the FBI agent who had taken over security at the World Trade Center just weeks prior to the attack and whose actions that day are believed to have saved thousans of lives.

For the Clinton team to demand cancelation or edits of the movie is to once again see them elevate their own pesonal vanity above every other interest, especially over the interests of John O’Neill and the many other public servants who saw the threat clearly and did their best to stop it. The objections of various Clinton-era figures –Berger rightly argues he didn’t hang up a phone in one scene, for example– are absurd complaints about the tiny details used to compress eight years and eight months into five hours of drama. From these complaints they have built a tissue-thin demand for an Orwellian memory-hole moment.

…There is no reasonable case to be made that the film distorts history or slanders public figures in any significant way.

(“The Path to 9/11” doesn’t even raise the most damning charge made against Clinton –that he fumbled an Osama hand-0ff from Sudan.)

If ABC caves to the vanity of Bill Clinton and his band of defenders, the network can give up any claim to being other than an extension of the DNC. That it would consider doing so over such a powerful film on so important a subject on such a meaningful pair of days is hard to imagine. Those who are urging the network to do so are disgracing themselves, not the picture or its makers.

Allah at Hot Air has a reminder of a Clinton fumble on Osama Hewitt refers to that didn’t make it into the movie, but should have:


We would have let it lie, Dingy Harry. This is what you get for making threats.

Bryan at Hot Air remembers the Sinclair Broadcasting scandel and has a prediction:

Sinclair Broadcasting owns 62 local TV stations around the country. It planned to air Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal on about 40 of them in October 2004. That would be right before the presidential election. But the Kerry campaign got wind of it and threatened Sinclair that its licenses might be in jeopardy if it aired the doc and Kerry happened to win.

The polls were close, so Sinclair caved. It ended up airing just a few minutes of Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal inside a bromide wrapper.

I’m of the opinion that ABC will likewise cave, Friday evening.

The Democrats will have stomped on the First Amendment, again, just ahead of a national election. Like the man said in A Few Good Men, they just can’t handle the truth.

Pam at Blogmeister USA remembers John Kerry’s words:

John Kerry said the following about Republicans earlier this year, but he may as well be talking about his own party today:

“America has always been stronger when we have not only proclaimed free speech, but listened to it. Yes, in every war, there have been those who demand suppression and silencing. And although no one is being jailed today for speaking out against the war in Iraq, the spirit of intolerance for dissent has risen steadily, and the habit of labeling dissenters as unpatriotic has become the common currency of the politicians currently running our country.”

“Dismissing dissent is not only wrong, but dangerous when America’s leadership is unwilling to admit mistakes, unwilling to engage in honest discussion of the nation’s direction, and unwilling to hold itself accountable for the consequences of decisions made without genuine disclosure, or genuine debate.”

Any supporter of free speech needs to contact ABC here and voice your disgust with their caving.

Today’s Vent at Hot Air takes a closer look into “Democrat Dementia.

Update: Letter from Clinton’s lawyers:

As a nation, we need to be focused on preventing another attack, not fictionalizing the last one for television ratings. “The Path to 9/11” not only tarnishes the work of the 9/11 Commission, but also cheapens the fith anniversary of what was a very painful moment in history for all Americans. We expect that you will make the responsible decision to not air this film.

This coming from an administration who did next to nothing to prevent future attacks while in office. And how does “history” cheapen the anniversary? It doesn’t. It opens our eyes to the truth.

It is not possible to make anyone look good when looking at how 9/11 came about. But for the Clinton administration to continue to make excuses, cover up stories, and shift blame, is far worse than just sharing responsibility.




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