Friday, September 08, 2006

Challenging Path

I don't have the time this morning to do justice to the whole Path to 9/11 brouhaha that has Democratic Senators sending letters to Disney requesting them to pull the docudrama set to air on ABC this Sunday and Monday nights. Democrats are up in arms because, apparently, the mini-series doesn't paint the Clinton administration in a particularly favorable light regarding the way they dealt with the terrorist threat. With the November election looming large, in which they hope to regain power in Congress, it's pretty obvious why they don't want anything airing that might cast doubt on Democratic terrorist-fighting capabilities.

I must refrain from telling all the details, and my many and varied opinions on the subject, but boy do I have them. However, to really delve into it at this point would keep the dirt mountain in my back yard from shrinking, and it really needs to shrink before Portland starts the annual rain ritual that keeps our corner of the world so green. A mud mountain is definitely worse than a dirt mountain. Anyway, since this morning sees me somewhat booked, but I think this topic is one that deserves a little notice, I will send you to Scrappleface. Not only does Scott Ott bring you the very finest in political satire, but also, if you follow the links he has peppered throughout his short burst of wit, you will get something pretty close to the whole story of what is stirring up this particular tempest, as well as where it's headed--i.e. who's caving to Democratic pressure and changing things to suit them. Hint: Disney-owned ABC, and Scholastic (a publishing company for children's educational material.) Enjoy, and tell me your many and varied opinions, if you feel like it. I can live vicariously.

Update: Hugh Hewitt has seen the film, thinks it's an important and powerful piece of work, and has an interesting take on the controversy. Some have compared this Path situation to the one where CBS pulled a movie about the Reagans in November of 2003. The movie, apparently, did not portray the Reagans in a favorable light. Among other things, Hewitt looks at whether the comparison holds water. One thing I would point out about the Reagan comparison is that a lot of the same people who were crying "censorship" when CBS voluntarily yanked the movie in 2003 are calling for the mini-series to be axed. A little consistency would help their case, or at least lessen the impression of partisanship. (via Michelle Malkin)