Recent Decisions Suggest ABC Only Fair And Balanced To Conservatives
Let's compare and contrast.
ABC will soon air the "docudrama" Path To 9/11, which even the film's producers admit the film includes made-up characters, scenes and dialogue. 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."
Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits have been provided advanced copies. But ABC apparently refused to provide a copy to President Clinton’s office. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger have also requested copies of the film from ABC, and both have been denied.
Fair and balanced? Hardly.
Now take a look at ABC News' coverage of liberal documentarian Robert Greenwald's latest effort, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers.
In its Sept. 4 report, ABC News notes Greenwald inteviewed KBR/Halliburton water purification specialist Ben Carter, but then includes a Halliburton statement saying the film includes "yet another rehash of inaccurate, recycled information."
Then ABC News offers this tidbit:
"Critics of these kinds of documentaries remind viewers not to expect balance from left-leaning documentaries, such as Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and former Vice President Al Gore's global warming film, An Inconvenient Truth.
'Finally, the left has figured out their answer to talk radio — and it's documentaries,' said Prof. Richard Lichter of George Mason University."
ABC News doesn't interview Greenwald for the piece.
Fair and balanced? Not really.
So you have a "docudrama" to air on ABC that swings not to what the 9/11 Commission Report said, but to what conservative “truthiness" of what led to the Sept. 11 attacks.
On the other hand, you have coverage of a "left-leaning" documentary, and ABC News provides conservatives with talking points about how it lacks "balance."
As The Carpetbagger Report noted: "The irony is rich."