Thursday, September 07, 2006

Congress Fights Hollywood - Again

Yesterday it was announced that Congressional Democrats are trying to get ABC-TV to pull a miniseries about the September 11th attacks that makes then-President Bill Clinton and his aides look inept. It will be interesting to see if the Democrats have as much pull with the networks as the Republicans.

Remember, if you will, just a mere three years ago that Nancy Reagan and the Republicans pressed CBS-TV to pull the miniseries, The Reagans, because it "distorted Ronald Reagan's legacy". Nancy and the boys were successful at having it taken off of basic cable television, but the movie aired on CBS affiliate Showtime instead. I, incidentally, bought the DVD. Not because of my love of Reagan (of which there is a sore lack thereof), but because I have always had an interest in the Presidents (current one excluded, of course).

I guess now we will see if sitting Democrats have as much pull in TV-Land as an ex-First Lady with concerns that a movie might tarnish her husband's reputation and contributions? Perhaps Hillary should be the one to give ABC-TV a call instead.


  1. From what I understand there is a difference. The issue with the Regan movie was that "The Reagans" was portraying true situations and events. Whereas this new "Miniseries" has facts that are actually wrong and misleading. Making it more of a fictional story based on a true event. My guess, it will be re-edited. This will be an interesting outcome for a film I have no intention of seeing anyway.

  2. I'll bet money it won't get pulled and will show just as it has been made. (See how much faith I have in the Democratic Party these days?)

    ABC will defend itself by saying it is a fictionalized version of events, but unfortunately I don't think the majority of those watching will know/understand that the fictionalized parts take the blame off the Bush Administration, even though Condi Rice has been quoted in 2000 as saying "This administration is not going to put as much emphasis on the terrorism threat as the previous one." As usual, Bush and his cronies have done a great job in burying that quote and erasing it from the public dialogue.

    No, I'm not bitter about American politics or anything.

  3. haven't read this (or any others) in months, but am trying to catch up!! hope you're well. i am going to jump-start my little blog, too.