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ABC Alters Miniseries

By on 9.7.06 | 5:11PM

The LA Times reports:

After much discussion, ABC executives and the producers toned down, but did not eliminate entirely, a scene that involved Clinton/>/>'s national security advisor, Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, declining to give the order to kill Bin Laden, according to a person involved with the film who declined to be identified because of the sensitivities involved.

Re: Irwin

By on 9.7.06 | 3:59PM

Phil: But the risk is still there, despite the reason for being a police officer, etc. And the effect is the still the same for the family of the fallen.

And, extending your logic again, Dale Earnhardt was also irresponsible, not to mention every race car driver with a family.

Finally, where would Michael Kelly fall into this? Was he seeking glory or trying to do a public service by reporting on Iraq?

Making having a family contingent on the amount of risk in one's job is probably going to take you down roads you don't want to go.

Re: Irwin

By on 9.7.06 | 2:56PM

David, you write, "While your concern is understandable, if we were to follow your logic to its conclusion, it would mean that no one who is a police officer, fire fighter, or soldier could have a family either."

I don't think that's a fair comparison. Soldiers, police officers and fire fighters risk their lives to save and protect people -- that's a lot different than seeking glory on television.

Berger and “Path to 9/11”

By on 9.7.06 | 2:47PM

One of the most controversial scenes in the ABC minseries involves Sandy Berger/>. The Clinton/>/> letter says:

The drama leads viewers to believe that National Security Advisor Sandy Berger told the CIA that he would not authorize them to take a shot at bin Laden. This is complete fiction and the event portrayed never happened. First of all, the 9/11 Commission Report makes clear that CIA Director George Tenet had been directed by President Clinton and Mr. Berger to get bin Laden (p. 199 & 508-509). Secondly, Roger Cressy, National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism from 1999-2001, has said, on more than one occasion, “Mr. Clinton approved every request made of him by the CIA and the U.S. military involving using force against bin Laden and al-Qaeda.”

What Do…

By on 9.7.06 | 2:39PM

...Sidney Blumenthal, Newsweek, and Joe Conason have in common? They all owe Karl Rove an apology, according to David Broder.

An apology from that lot? I know I'm going to hold my breath.

RE: Steve Irwin

By on 9.7.06 | 2:31PM

Phil: Saw your blog post yesterday, and I have to disagree. While your concern is understandable, if we were to follow your logic to its conclusion, it would mean that no one who is a police officer, fire fighter, or soldier could have a family either.

On a different note, I got back late from vacation Tuesday evening, and turned on the TV which one of my roommates must have left on CNN. I caught the end of a segment of Larry King Live before it went to commercial. All I saw was a picture of Steve Irwin and heard some somber music. I knew immediately. God bless Steve Irwin, and may He look over his wife and children

Steve Irwin was a pioneer. He transformed the wildlife show, turning the genre into something that was both educational and fun. He showed that you could be goofy and still take wildlife seriously. Without Irwin, someone like Jeff Corwin would probably wouldn't be on television.

RE: $$Media Matters$$

By on 9.7.06 | 2:16PM

Wlady: I particularly liked the phrase "reformed right-wing reporter," as though being a right-winger is tantamount to being a criminal or drug addict.

Clinton Throws Down the Gauntlet

By on 9.7.06 | 1:19PM

The letter written on behalf of Bill Clinton contains the statement:

We challenge anyone to read the 9/11 Commission Report and find any basis for the false allegations noted above or the tenor of the drama, which suggests that the Clinton Administration was inattentive to the threat of a terrorist strike.

Anyone up for the challenge?

Clinton Letter to ABC

By on 9.7.06 | 12:44PM

TPM has obtained a copy of the letter that Bill Clinton's lawyer, Bruce Lindsay, wrote to ABC chief Bob Iger , protesting "The Path to 9/11." Full text available here.