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Sunday, 10 September 2006 07:41

Paul Rogat Loeb: 9-11 Compromise - The Mini-Series

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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb

I'd actually be fine if ABC aired their Swift Boating mockudrama, The Path to /9/11. They just have to do one little thing:

Every couple minutes they need to interrupt the movie with a black screen that stays around for at least a minute and says, in large readable letters:

TOO BAD THIS FILM HAD TO LIE AGAIN AND AGAIN. THIS IS AS IMPORTANT SUBJECT AS EXISTS. AND THEY TURNED AND TWISTED THE TRUTH, AGAIN AND AGAIN. THEY HAD PEOPLE DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY DID DO.

THEY DID IT FOR THEIR LOVE OF POWER.

THEY DID IT TO KEEP THEIR PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON DC, TAKING ACTIONS THAT MAKE TERRORISM WORSE, AND BREED FEAR AND DESPERATION IN THE WORLD.

THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY'VE LOST THEIR RESPECT FOR TRUTH.

SORRY WE'RE AIRING A FILM WHOSE LIES EMBODY THESE VALUES.

SINCERELY,

ABC

PS-Next time we'll try to get things right. But no guarantees.

I'd be satisfied with that, so long as it repeated throughout the show.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, winner of the 2005 Nautilus Award for the best book on social change, and Soul of a Citizen. See www.paulloeb.org.