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Clinton's Lawyers Say Iger Assured "Appropriate Edits" And Hammer Film As "Disgraceful"
TPM Cafe ^ | 9/11/06 | Greg Sargent

Posted on 09/12/2006 4:56:56 PM PDT by Libloather

In New Letter, Bill Clinton's Lawyers Say Iger Assured Them Of "Appropriate Edits" And Hammer Film As "Disgraceful"
By Greg Sargent

After watching the first installment of "The Path to 9/11," Bill Clinton's lawyers have written another blistering letter to Disney chief Robert Iger. In the letter -- which we've obtained -- Clinton lawyers Bruce Lindsey and Douglas Band write that they actually spoke to Iger twice and that Iger assured them that he was "personally taking the responsibility to ensure that appropriate edits to the film would be made."

But, the lawyers add: "Having now seen the first night of this fiction, it is clear that the edits made to the film did not address the factual errors that we brought to your attention." The letter concludes that the film does "a disservice to the American people" and is "disgraceful." Full text after the jump.

The full text:

September 10, 2006

Dear Bob,

We are deeply disappointed that ABC and the Disney Corporation chose to air "The Path to 9/11." The final product was fraught with error and contained contrived scenes that are directly contradicted by the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report. The film has undoubtedly cemented in millions of viewers' minds a false impression of critical historical events.

While there is not enough room here to fully document the fiction in your film, attached to this letter is a detailed fact sheet listing the numerous inaccuracies in the film according to the 9/11 Commission.

Nine days ago, we wrote to you asking simply that the miniseries tell the truth, as researched extensively and definitively by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission. We asked that your network not present outright fiction as historical fact to the American public. In fact, we took pains to detail sequences in the movie that were plainly invented, based upon the version of the film that was shown to television critics and distributed to many conservative commentators. During our two recent conversations, you assured us that you were personally taking the responsibility to ensure that appropriate edits to the film would be made. Publicly, ABC said that the editing process was ongoing and that it was irresponsible" to condemn the film before seeing the finished product.

Having now seen the first night of this fiction, it is clear that the edits made to the film did not address the factual errors that we brought to your attention. "The Path to 9/11" flagrantly ignored the facts as reported by the 9/11 Commission and invented its own version of history. The result, in our judgment, is irreparable damage to the Commission's work. More importantly, it is a disservice to the American people.

That the film directly contradicts the findings of the 9/11 Commission is troubling. That it defames dedicated public officials is tragic. But the fact that it misleads millions of people about the most tragic and consequential event in recent history is disgraceful.

Sincerely,

Bruce R. Lindsey
Chief Executive Officer
William J. Clinton Foundation

Douglas J. Band
Counselor to President Clinton
Office of William Jefferson Clinton


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*Bubba and his hacks better be putting out some facts to combat what the entire planet watched. Otherwise, they really do need to shut their pie holes...


Chair of the 9/11 Commission Gov. Thomas H. Kean from the series "The Path to 9/11" during a press tour in July 2006. US network ABC aired the 'docudrama' late Sunday, despite angry claims by aides to former president Bill Clinton that it unfairly tarred his record on hunting terrorists.(AFP/Getty Images/File)


Screenwriter/Producer Cyrus Nowrasteh from the series "The Path to 9/11" during a press tour in July 2006. (AFP/Getty Images)


Executive Producer Marc Platt from the series "The Path to 9/11" during a press tour in July 2006. AFP/Getty Images/File)

1 posted on 09/12/2006 4:56:59 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Not a single mention of Gorelick or the Gorelick Wall.


2 posted on 09/12/2006 4:58:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Libloather

AAAawwwww! Poor babies.


3 posted on 09/12/2006 4:59:35 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (look at a map)
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To: Libloather

You don't get it, folks, Bill Clinton has no power. Disney's chief could care less what Clinton and his Clintonites say or think. That's a fact!!!


4 posted on 09/12/2006 5:01:50 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: BenLurkin

You didn't see the scene where the CIA guys couldn't share information with O'Neill.

Gorelick wasn't named, but the buck didn't stop with her.


5 posted on 09/12/2006 5:02:02 PM PDT by rwilson99 (95% of Al-Jazzera Viewers Agree... the world is less safe (for them) since 9/11)
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To: Libloather
This sort of slanderous outrage never would have occurred if Michael Eisner were still head of Disney!

</sarcasm>

6 posted on 09/12/2006 5:05:02 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Libloather

Tee hee. Anyone surprised Iger lied! That is precisely what the dems do LIE LIE LIE and MISREPRESENT.


7 posted on 09/12/2006 5:09:50 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Libloather
Why would anyone in tarnation give any credence to what these PROVEN liars for 8+ years of the Clinton adm have said about this movie as not being factual?

Iger to Bruce Linsay...Go pound sand!

8 posted on 09/12/2006 5:09:53 PM PDT by sirchtruth (No one has the RIGHT not to be offended...)
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To: Libloather

Apparently Clinton got lewinskied by ABC.


9 posted on 09/12/2006 5:10:52 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Libloather

Poor Bill. The world is still all about damage control on his reputation.


10 posted on 09/12/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Libloather

How can you defame a rapist!


11 posted on 09/12/2006 5:11:53 PM PDT by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero..............)
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To: BenLurkin

Thats what I was thinking.

I have some advice for the Clinton lawyers.

Sue ABC and then maybe the producers will put Jamie Gorick under oath.


12 posted on 09/12/2006 5:12:16 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Libloather

slick should get on his knees and thank the Lord that the film didn't go into more detail regarding his responsibility for the situation his administration put us in relative to terrorism.


13 posted on 09/12/2006 5:12:38 PM PDT by Tail Gunner John
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To: Libloather
Their choice of words--"disgraceful",,,is very appropriate, coming from a group that should know the meaning of that word.

There isn't a more "DISGRACEFUL" group of malcontents in the world than the cult of Clinton 'butt-kissers'.

14 posted on 09/12/2006 5:13:27 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: Earthdweller
Poor Bill. The world is still all about damage control on his reputation.

As it will be, for the rest of his life.

15 posted on 09/12/2006 5:13:33 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: Libloather

Hey, Bubba-pants, those were appropriate edits. You didn't want Iger to lie for you now, did you?


16 posted on 09/12/2006 5:14:19 PM PDT by madison10
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To: OldFriend

Who says Iger lied? He said "appropriate" edits.

I'm sure Brucie et al. took that to mean "edits with which we agree and which paint The Sinkmeister and his staff as the Saviors of the world."

Seems Iger had a different definition of "appropriate," that's all.


17 posted on 09/12/2006 5:15:20 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: BenLurkin
Not a single mention of Gorelick or the Gorelick Wall.

Well, they did infer it..numerous times.

18 posted on 09/12/2006 5:15:26 PM PDT by evad (sarcasm may be introduced at any moment of any post)
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To: Libloather
Correct me if I'm wrong but if you happen to present a different opinion that the "911 Commission" you must keep it to yourself.

I'm following this story to see which of the Clintonites mentioned in the film brings a law suit forward, including the toon. If not, it must have been pretty accurate.

19 posted on 09/12/2006 5:16:02 PM PDT by kempster
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To: tennmountainman

Exactly---that's what I want, for these jokers to put their money where their mouth is and sue ABC.

((crickets chirping))


20 posted on 09/12/2006 5:16:22 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: tennmountainman

Great idea. And while they are at it, maybe they can get Slick, Berger and Albright under oath too!!


21 posted on 09/12/2006 5:16:54 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: Libloather

They have lost their minds, if only the republicans would make a point of this to the American people. How could anyone vote for government officials who demand censorship of movies about themselves? Totally outrageous.


22 posted on 09/12/2006 5:17:44 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Libloather

Clinton is an expert at disgraceful.


23 posted on 09/12/2006 5:17:50 PM PDT by mountainlyons (Hard core conservative)
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To: wouldntbprudent
No doubt Rush's commentary on how Iger did not edit more than a minute must be galling the dems no end.

Rush went on and on.......tee hee. Oh the dems are being played big time.

And they fell into the trap big time.

They ought to change their name to the WHINING party. They're not even embarrassed.

24 posted on 09/12/2006 5:17:51 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Libloather
Poor little rats. Nothing going right for them for the last 6 months. They should try to be American's for a change, instead of following their natural inclination to communism.


25 posted on 09/12/2006 5:18:21 PM PDT by HighWheeler (Whenever a Kennedy is piloting a vehicle near water, someone is going to die.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

The Hilda-beast has no FBI File on Disney's chief?


26 posted on 09/12/2006 5:19:10 PM PDT by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: OldFriend
You cannot get embarrassed unless you have a conscience and shame.

Democrats have no conscience, and the certainly have no shame.

27 posted on 09/12/2006 5:19:27 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: Libloather

Boo Frickety Hoo!


28 posted on 09/12/2006 5:19:33 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Libloather

Rather amusing this "fiction" remark. Are we then to conclude that the sacred 911 Commission report was "fiction" as well, since the writer took most of the film from it?


29 posted on 09/12/2006 5:19:44 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: rwilson99

I sure ain't gonna bid on it [too rich for my blood...LOL!] but the "unedited" version is already up on eBay;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170028498971


30 posted on 09/12/2006 5:20:32 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: wouldntbprudent

Seems Iger had a different definition of "appropriate," that's all.

Are you saying that it all depends on what your definition of the word 'is' is in the phrase 'what is appropriate'? :)


31 posted on 09/12/2006 5:20:55 PM PDT by hardworking (Please elect Comrade Clinton so that I can go on the dole too. Thank you.)
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To: Libloather
That the film directly contradicts the findings of the 9/11 Commission is troubling.

The 9/11 commission was a sick joke foisted upon an ignorant public.

32 posted on 09/12/2006 5:21:01 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: ladyinred

They also took some from Buzz Patterson's book, "Dereliction of Duty". Why don't they sue him too?


33 posted on 09/12/2006 5:21:18 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: TYVets

The Hilda-beast has no FBI File on Disney's chief?

Sandy Burgler hasn't stuffed it down the front of his pants yet and taken it to her.


34 posted on 09/12/2006 5:22:27 PM PDT by hardworking (Please elect Comrade Clinton so that I can go on the dole too. Thank you.)
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To: stockstrader

Clinton was our worst President in history...you can
say serial, pervert, mefirstego,up yours, and they
all refeer to this piece os garbage...Jake


35 posted on 09/12/2006 5:22:44 PM PDT by sanjacjake
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To: Libloather
Top 9 Real Bill Clinton Complaints About "The Path To 9/11"

9. Did not think casting Rosie O'Donnell as Monica Lewinsky was funny. At all.

8. Claims he never told Vernon Jordan that "if you stare directly into Madeline Albright's face, you'll become impotent."

7. Not historically accurate like Fahrenheit 9/11.

6. The film was way too negative with all of that terrorism, and Islamic fanaticism. It did not focus on the great economy during the 1990's at all.

5. Lewinsky used the unconventional single-kneed "halftime speech" stance when performing oral sex, not the more traditional two-kneed approach that was depicted in the film.

4. Falsely depicted Clinton as a "Whopper" eater rather than a "Big Mac" man.

3. Although he thought the scene where Hillary pees standing up was "hilarious", he caught hell for laughing at it.

2. Sandy Berger wears cargo-briefs, not boxers.

1. No matter how many personal requests he made, Hillary still does not get eaten by wolves in the end.

36 posted on 09/12/2006 5:22:47 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: Libloather

37 posted on 09/12/2006 5:23:01 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (JOHN BOLTON FOR PRESIDENT)
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To: rwilson99
"You didn't see the scene where the CIA guys couldn't share information with O'Neill. "

It wasn't obvious and the overall impact wasn't highlighted. If my brother had been watching this with me, I'd have had to tell him what was going on.

38 posted on 09/12/2006 5:23:40 PM PDT by blam
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To: Libloather
Whenever I read the words 'Hammer Film,' my mind races in one direction!

 

39 posted on 09/12/2006 5:24:07 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: tennmountainman

"Sue ABC and then maybe the producers will put Jamie Gorick under oath."

Ooooh... I like how you think.


40 posted on 09/12/2006 5:24:35 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: NYTexan

Refer #9. Either did Rosie. At all. Rosie hopes to be an intern for Hillary.


41 posted on 09/12/2006 5:25:12 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: sirchtruth
Iger to Bruce Linsay...Go pound sand!

Ingor to BJ CLinton....Put some ice on it!

42 posted on 09/12/2006 5:25:53 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Libloather
I know it is an overused expression, but for governmnet officials to remove inconvenient facts from a movie sounds like something from Orwell's 1984.


43 posted on 09/12/2006 5:26:39 PM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: Libloather

That's right, Bubba. Three long, threatening letters now, is it? And every single letter not only will draw further historical attention to the very docudrama at which it is aimed, but also is going to be prominently remembered and studied by serious presidential historians forever.

Nice work, Bubba.


44 posted on 09/12/2006 5:27:30 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: TYVets

Robert Iger does not care. There is a seqment of American Democrat Jews that have had it with the Democrat Party and Bill Clinton. Who do you think banklrolled this effort. Do you think that Harvey Keitel did not know what he was getting into? Keitel is as sharp as they come. IMHO, someone, I don't know who is trying to destroy the Clinton's and their "traitor/treason Democrat Party. It's not the Republicans, Conservatives, or the VRWC. It's MSM Democrats and Bob Iger is l;eading the pack for whatever the reason. I mean, in reality, Iger had told Bill Clinton and his boys to go pound salt!!! I'll bet there is more to come. My own personal belief, is that a powerful group of American Jews are believing that the Democrat Party is filled with Jew haters and anti-Israel supporters, and they have had it. They have known all along that Bill clinton was thenabler of 911, and now they are sticking him big. Clinton's leagcy is cooked. As always, the truth opts.


45 posted on 09/12/2006 5:30:12 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: pogo101
Wonder if ABC will eventually say enough and charge Clinton with harassment.
46 posted on 09/12/2006 5:30:25 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Libloather
Eff 'em!!!!
47 posted on 09/12/2006 5:31:52 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Libloather

Why wasn't Clinton supporting Massood who was fighting the Taliban and Bin Laden? This was a clear case of "fighting the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them here."


48 posted on 09/12/2006 5:32:02 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Libloather

What are they thinking? Why do they want to keep playing with this? What makes them think any of this is going to help restore Bubba's reputation...or for that matter, help Hillary's?


49 posted on 09/12/2006 5:32:34 PM PDT by RichInOC (Bill Clinton is a legend in his own mind.)
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To: Libloather

If the toon hates it, I'll rate the DVD as a 'must-buy'!


50 posted on 09/12/2006 5:32:37 PM PDT by rock_lobsta (Offending liberals since 1993)
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