In what is perhaps the first rumblings of my impending fame… my destined rise into the upper levels of blogging notoriety… oh, God, where an I going with this? FOX News has picked up on a little plan I concocted at Democratic Underground.
Of course, I didn’t mention DonkeyDigest in that post, nor did I mention my plan on DonkeyDigest (I was waiting to do that today, actually), but being the publicity whore that I am, I just have to let the cat out of the bag. And now that the feline is spittin’ and hissin’, I expect every other center to left blogger reading this to get on it.
Democratic Web loggers are so upset by that ABC 9/11 movie that they’ve planned an Internet attack — known as a Google Bomb — to make sure their view of the film dominates the Web.
Activists on Democratic-Underground.com have urged every Democratic blogger to post identical entries after the movie airs, all featuring the film’s title, so that any Internet search for the movie will turn up a liberal blog highlighting what they say are multiple inaccuracies in the film.
If the plan works, bloggers say they’ll be prepared to utilize the technique “at every turn” between now and November.
OK, the big question. Will the plan work? The answer is, it could. And it could work well. In fact, the technigue has been used with great success in the past (just go to Google and search “miserable failure.) But in reality, a Google Bomb isn’t really necessary at this point. So many blogs have already picked up on the inaccuracies and fabrications in this movie that the topic already dominates search results for “Path to 9/11” in Technorati and Google Blog Search. Couple that fact with the widespread media coverage and I would say the message that this movie borderlines on fiction is pretty well known at this point.
But I’ll do my share again. Be right back…
Now, there have been been several developments of note since I last blogged on this topic. I’ll list them here:
1. ABC has admitted parts of the movie is “fictional:”
ABC issued a defense Thursday of its controversial miniseries “The Path to 9/11…” … The network released a statement saying that the five-hour telefilm, which airs Sunday and Monday nights, is not meant to be a documentary but a “dramatization” of the events leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“It is a dramatization drawn from a variety of sources including the ‘9/11 Commission Report,’ other published materials and personal interviews,” the network said. “As such, for dramatic and narrative purposes, the movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue and time compression.”
ABC left open the possibility that the scenes that have been criticized could still be removed from the miniseries, which will be subject to edit before air.
2. Scholastic has removed student study materials on this movie from their website.
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that it is removing from its website the materials originally created for classroom use in conjunction with the ABC Television Network docudrama, “The Path to 9/ll,” scheduled to air on the ABC Television Network on September 10 and 11, 2006. A new classroom discussion guide for high school students is being created and will focus more specifically on media literacy, critical thinking, and historical background.
“After a thorough review of the original guide that we offered online to about 25,000 high school teachers, we determined that the materials did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic.
3. One of the stars of the movie, Harvey Keitel, said last nigh: “It turned out not all the facts were correct” Appearing on CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” about the controversy surrounding ABC’s “Path to 9/11 ,” Keitel was interviewed:
Keitel: Yea, I had questions about events–material I was given in the Path to 9/11 that I did raise questions about. Yes, I had some conflicts there.
Q: How was that met?
Keitel: With discussion..ummm with argument. When I received the script it said ABC history project –I took it to be exactly what they presented to me. History–and that facts were correct. It turned out not all the facts were correct and ABC set about trying to heal that problem..In some instances it was too late because we had begun.
Q: Do you feel that anything should be changed in this film?
Keitel: Yes I do. This is a tough issue.–(sure)
You can compile certain things as long as the truth remains the truth. You can’t put things together, compress them and then distort the reality.
Q:…in the case of September 11th though, do you feel that it is an absolute responsibility that it be factually accurate even if it is a dramatization?
Keitel: Absolutely, you cannot cross the line from a conflation of events to a distortion of the event. No. Where we have distorted something we have made a mistake-and that should be corrected. It can be corrected. It can be corrected by the people getting involved in the story that they are going to see.
Check out more on this, including video, here.
4. An FBI Agent Who Consulted On Path to 9/11 Quit Halfway Through Because ‘They Were Making Things Up.”
James Bamford, an author and journalist who has written about security issues, appeared on MSNBC to discuss “The Path to 9/11.” Bamford revealed that an FBI agent who worked as a consultant to the film quit halfway through production of the mini-series because he believed the writers and producers were “making things up.”
View the video at the link above.