ABC Mulls Yanking Path To 9/11
Variety's website is reporting that ABC executives may yank the controversial docudrama Path To 9/11.
"Sources close to the project say the network, which has been in a media maelstrom over the pic, is mulling the idea of yanking the mini altogether," Variety reported yesterday.
Why the brouhaha? The film's producers admit the film includes made-up characters, scenes and dialogue, while critics say it uses debunked right-wing claims, and strays badly from the 9/11 Commission Report -- even though the film claims to be based on the report's findings. Even a former Bush (and Clinton) counterrorism official, Roger Cressey, called the docudrama "shameful."
ABC may follow the path of CBS, which a few years ago -- following a stream of criticisms from conservatives -- yanked the docudrama The Reagans from its schedule. It later showed the movie on sister cable network Showtime.
One thing ABC doesn't need to worry about: advertiser defections. As Variety reported Sept. 5, ABC "decided to air the five-hour mini sans commercials after failing to find an appropriate sponsor for the project."