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Lewinsky Clip Pulled From 'Path to 9/11'
Newsmax ^ | 9/11/06 | Newsmax

Posted on 09/11/2006 11:48:23 AM PDT by OPS4

Reprinted from NewsMax.com

Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 1:53 p.m. EDT Lewinsky Clip Pulled From 'Path to 9/11'

Editing changes made by ABC to the first part of its miniseries "The Path to 9/11" were cosmetic and didn't change the meaning of scenes that had angered several former Clinton administration officials, a spokesman for the former president said Monday.

As for Clinton, he didn't bother watching the movie that angered so many people who once worked for him.

"He made the choice that most Americans made," said Jay Carson, Clinton Foundation spokesman. "Of a fictionalized drama version of Sept. 11 or the Manning brothers playing football against one another, he chose the latter."

The movie was flattened in the ratings by the debut of NBC's Sunday night football, matching Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts against his younger brother Eli of the New York Giants. The football game had an estimated 20.7 million viewers, while "The Path to 9/11" had 13 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The ABC movie did, however, beat CBS' third airing of its "9/11" documentary, which was seen by an estimated 10.6 million people, Nielsen said.

ABC resisted calls to cancel the $40 million miniseries, airing commercial-free over two nights. Part two was scheduled for Monday, with an interruption for President Bush's address to the nation. Several scenes were cut or changed from the first part of a movie ABC has stressed is a dramatization and not a documentary.

"You can take out some of the more dramatic details," Carson said, "but it is still utterly and completely false."

One scene, in a copy of the movie given to television critics a few weeks ago, indicated President Clinton's preoccupation with his potential impeachment may have hurt the effort to go after Osama bin Laden.

In the original scene, an actor portraying White House terrorism czar Richard Clarke shares a limousine ride with FBI agent John O'Neill and tells him: "The Republicans are going all-out for impeachment. I just don't see in that climate the president's going to take chances" and give the order to kill bin Laden.

But in the film aired Sunday, Clarke says to O'Neill: "The president has assured me this . . . won't affect his decision-making."

O'Neill replies: "So it's OK if somebody kills bin Laden, as long as he didn't give the order. It's pathetic."

Another scene in the critics' cut showed O'Neill asking Clarke on the telephone: "What's Clinton going to do (about bin Laden)?"

Clarke replies, "I don't know. The Lewinsky thing is a noose around his neck."

This was cut entirely from the film that aired Sunday.

Another scene in the movie that depicted a team of CIA operatives poised outside of bin Laden's fortress in Afghanistan, ready to attack, was substantially shortened from the original. Pictures of the waiting Afghanistan operatives are interspersed with those of officials in Washington, who had to approve the mission.

The original version depicted national security adviser Samuel R. Berger hanging up on CIA chief George Tenet as Tenet sought permission to attack bin Laden. The movie aired Sunday did not include Berger hanging up.

The effect of the editing in that scene is to deflect specific blame. It ends with an actor portraying an Afghan ally saying to Donnie Wahlberg, who acted as the head of the CIA team in Afghanistan "Are there no men in Washington, or are they all cowards?"

In the critics' version, that statement is followed directly by archival footage of Clinton's video testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Sunday, that footage was not included.

Left unchanged was a scene depicting the aftermath of an order by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to alert the Pakistanis ahead of time about an airstrike against bin Laden, which Tenet said let the al Qaeda leader slip away. Clinton officials claim this, as well as the other scene, didn't happen.

Twice, the network de-emphasized the role of the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks in its film.

The critics' version contained a note in the opening credits that the film is "based on the 9/11 commission report." That was omitted Sunday.

In a separate disclaimer that ran three times Sunday, ABC said the material is "drawn from a variety of sources including the 9/11 commission report and other published materials and from personal interviews." That differs from a note in the critics' version that said the dramatization "is based on the 9/11 commission report and other published sources and personal interviews."

The disclaimer emphasized that the movie was not a documentary.

"For dramatic and narrative purposes the movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue, as well as time compression," the note said.

Clinton spokesman Jay Carson said in a statement Sunday night that ABC and its parent, The Walt Disney Co., "chose fiction over fact and entertainment over education in airing their TV show."

Critics, such as historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., said it was "disingenuous and dangerous" not to include accurate historical accounts in the movie.

Thomas Kean, head of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks and a backer of the film, said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he hadn't seen the final cut of the movie but urged Americans to watch it.

"If people blame Bill Clinton after seeing this, then the miniseries has failed," said Kean, the former Republican New Jersey governor. "That's wrong and it shouldn't happen."

John Lehman, another Republican commission member, said on the ABC News show that he's told the film is equally harsh on the administrations of President Bush and his father.

"And if you don't like the hits to the Clinton administration, well, welcome to the club," Lehman said. "The Republicans have lived with Michael Moore and Oliver Stone and most of Hollywood as a fact of life."

© 2006 Associated Press.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
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If the shoe fits wear it Billy Clintoon!
1 posted on 09/11/2006 11:48:26 AM PDT by OPS4
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To: OPS4

That's OK, they left in the money quote.


2 posted on 09/11/2006 11:49:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Katherine Harris for US Senate!)
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To: OPS4

13 million viewers is pretty good if you ask me.


3 posted on 09/11/2006 11:50:43 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: OPS4
"The Lewinsky thing is a noose around his neck."

His neck? Try a little bit further south.

4 posted on 09/11/2006 11:51:12 AM PDT by jdm (I gotta give the Helen Thomas obsession a rest.)
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To: oceanview

Yes it is and the number tonite should be bigger, not to mention it is avaialble on the Web at abc.


5 posted on 09/11/2006 11:51:38 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: OPS4

At some point, the directors of this film should sue the Clinton crime family for their slander.


6 posted on 09/11/2006 11:51:53 AM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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To: OPS4

It may have only been watched by 12,000,000 people, but I'll bet the folks who watched it are a lot more informed now than before it was shown. The press has been all over this one and has generated a lot of heat for Billy and the boys! I think it is great.


8 posted on 09/11/2006 11:53:01 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: OPS4
Another scene in the critics' cut showed O'Neill asking Clarke on the telephone: "What's Clinton going to do (about bin Laden)?"

Clarke replies, "I don't know. The Lewinsky thing is a noose around his neck."

This was cut entirely from the film that aired Sunday.

And just how was that susceptible to a lawsuit?

9 posted on 09/11/2006 11:53:58 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: OPS4
"If people blame Bill Clinton after seeing this, then the miniseries has failed," said Kean, the former Republican New Jersey governor. "That's wrong and it shouldn't happen."

Nice to have the GOP running investigations isn't it ?
10 posted on 09/11/2006 11:54:36 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: OPS4
Freepers have plenty of pics to share:

"Are ya glad to see me again or is that a gun in your pants? "
"That chick on my left? I dunno, want me to bring her next time? "

11 posted on 09/11/2006 11:54:42 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: thoughtomator

Bump!


12 posted on 09/11/2006 11:55:19 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: uncbob

Kean is pandering to Demorat voters.


13 posted on 09/11/2006 11:56:09 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: OPS4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schlesinger,_Jr.

Kennedy family & Democrat lap-dog.


14 posted on 09/11/2006 11:57:03 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: OPS4
"... ABC and its parent, The Walt Disney Co., "chose fiction over fact and entertainment over education in airing their TV show."

Imagine that! An entertainment company actually choosing (**gasp**) entertainment.

15 posted on 09/11/2006 11:57:12 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: uncbob

yes, you can criticize Kean. but there haven't exactly been alot of other republican voices out there criticizing the Dem censorship effort, and rebutting the Dem claims of the movie as "fiction". so I will cut Kean some slack.


16 posted on 09/11/2006 11:57:14 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: OPS4

http://pathto911.abc.com/index.html

Follow this link to watch this program series live online.
Thanks ABC.


17 posted on 09/11/2006 11:57:57 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

OMG! A little 'wardrobe malfunction' there?


18 posted on 09/11/2006 11:58:53 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: oceanview

Well the voices here at Freerepublic will do it for them.
I just posted this on a Demorat Blog and sent to over to Moveon.Org! LOL


19 posted on 09/11/2006 11:59:13 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: OPS4

Clinton's lucky we never saw the "Willy the Harasser" docu-drama. Juanita, Katherine (and her cat), Paula, Monica, etc.

It's not like they don't have enough for a script. It's just that anyone honest enough to do it is already repulsed by the thought of it.


20 posted on 09/11/2006 12:01:06 PM PDT by cvq3842
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To: OPS4; All

Newsmax outright plagiarized from the AP story on this, stealing entire lines.

In any event, the way they left it looks worse than the original since the Republicans do not get blamed for distracting Clinton like in the original. All Clark says is he was assured it would not be a distraction, and we also see Billy waving his finger.

Hardly a "watering down."


21 posted on 09/11/2006 12:01:43 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

YIKES!!!


22 posted on 09/11/2006 12:01:45 PM PDT by cvq3842
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To: OPS4
"Of a fictionalized drama version of Sept. 11 or the Manning brothers playing football against one another, he chose the latter."

Sounds like his presidency. Golf, anyone?

23 posted on 09/11/2006 12:05:10 PM PDT by scott7278 (The War on Terror includes defending the homefront from the MSM.)
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To: OPS4

"Historian Arthur Schlesinger jr." What a lie!


24 posted on 09/11/2006 12:07:43 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: OPS4

"In the critics' version, that statement is followed directly by archival footage of Clinton's video testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Sunday, that footage was not included. "

That footage ran last night. Saw it myself.


25 posted on 09/11/2006 12:07:59 PM PDT by rwilson99 (R) South Park)
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To: OPS4

26 posted on 09/11/2006 12:08:09 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: OPS4
"He made the choice that most Americans made," said Jay Carson, Clinton Foundation spokesman. "Of a fictionalized drama version of Sept. 11 or the Manning brothers playing football against one another, he chose the latter."

Doesn't that just sum it up anyway... I find this quote offensive on several levels; the first being the condenscending tone taken towards those who watched the Path to 9/11, as though they are "stupid" because clearly, the smart informed people chose football.

Secondly, doesn't it seem to trivialize September 11? It's not as important as football. He throws a hissy fit about something he's not even going to watch anyway? And... 9/11 (which was on CBS and I own personally) and could be considered even by Klintoon as nonfictionalized... was on... but he didn't even give that a thought.
I'm just surprised the US wasn't attacked with more force while he was in office.
27 posted on 09/11/2006 12:10:22 PM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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"He made the choice that most Americans made," said Jay Carson, Clinton Foundation spokesman. "Of a fictionalized drama version of Sept. 11 or the Manning brothers playing football against one another, he chose the latter."

Well he had one helluva lot to say about it last week...

But its good to know in these everchanging times that some things are constant: clintoon is still an a$$hole.

I feel better knowing that....

:]


28 posted on 09/11/2006 12:14:53 PM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
He throws a hissy fit about something he's not even going to watch anyway?

I'm sure they announced that Clinton didn't watch it last night because he had already seen it on the DVD.
29 posted on 09/11/2006 12:14:54 PM PDT by TheCornerOffice
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To: OPS4
"As for Clinton, he didn't bother watching the movie that angered so many people who once worked for him."

"I'm confused. Clinton wrote a four page letter to ABC criticizing them for airing a movie that Clinton has not seen?"

30 posted on 09/11/2006 12:16:08 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: OPS4

Didn't hear a bit of complaining from Liberals over Farenheit 911 by that slob Michael Moore, but the Dims suuuuuuuurrrre don't like it when the shoe's on the other foot.

Gotta tell you, I'm flat eating this up...nothing like scourging an entire party by their own tactics.

Keep crying, Libs, you're making my month.

:-)


31 posted on 09/11/2006 12:16:30 PM PDT by jeffers
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To: Blue Jays
Hi All-

The leftists call The Path to 9/11 a "fakudrama" designed specifically for political posturing. That's comical, they were nowhere to be found when that absurd and pathetic Fahrenheit 911 nonsense was playing in the theaters...and they were giving it awards for crying out loud.

~ Blue Jays ~

32 posted on 09/11/2006 12:17:41 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: OPS4

Regardless of leaving out the Lewinsky scene (oh boy they could have had fun with that if the film were comedy) I still came away feeling there was a lot of negligence on Clinton's part. BTW I really wanted to kick Sandy Berger in the ass. Also who was the character that was going on about the Northern Alliance guy Massoud being an opium grower--"thus he's a criminal and we shouldn't deal with him."---he was quite obnoxious.


33 posted on 09/11/2006 12:18:51 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (Ya can take da kid outta Brooklyn--butchya can't take Brooklyn outta da kid)
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To: OPS4

>>"Of a fictionalized drama version of Sept. 11 or the Manning brothers playing football against one another, he chose the latter."<<
Ha! Just like he found out about the Monica Lewinsky investigation from the newspaper. Remember his line about reading the morning paper and saying, "Hillary, look at this." Lying piece of crap!


34 posted on 09/11/2006 12:19:00 PM PDT by travlnmn41
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To: OPS4


35 posted on 09/11/2006 12:21:07 PM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: jeffers
Hi jeffers-

We were thinking the identical same thing and you posted a few seconds ahead of me...

~ Blue Jays ~~

36 posted on 09/11/2006 12:21:17 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: OPS4
Oh, THAT "Lewinsky scene"! I thought maybe ABC had made an X-rated version.
37 posted on 09/11/2006 12:24:06 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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As for Clinton, he didn't bother watching the movie that angered so many people who once worked for him.

I'm sure he got an advanced copy of it and had already seen it.

38 posted on 09/11/2006 12:26:18 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
I'll see that one and raise you two.


39 posted on 09/11/2006 12:27:33 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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40 posted on 09/11/2006 12:31:42 PM PDT by CTSeditor
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>>As for Clinton, he didn't bother watching the movie that angered so many people who once worked for him.<<

Of course. And he didn't know about the $$$ his mother was talking about, till he read it in her book.

SHAZAM!


41 posted on 09/11/2006 12:31:57 PM PDT by SerpentDove (It's not rocket surgery.)
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Lewinsky Clip Pulled From 'Path to 9/11'

I wonder why?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, arrives for the Sept. 11, 2001 commemoration ceremony in New York on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006. This year marks the five year anniversary of the attacks. (AP PHOTO/Justin Lane, pool)

42 posted on 09/11/2006 12:35:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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Lewinsky, Bubba, the stained navy dress and his cigars will forever be infamous. They should have been part of the movie.


43 posted on 09/11/2006 12:52:19 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: OPS4

What they don't say and will never really know is how many recorded or Tivo'ed the show for later viewing.


45 posted on 09/11/2006 12:54:20 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: NormsRevenge

Yikes! She has not aged gracefully.


46 posted on 09/11/2006 12:55:36 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: pookie18
And then Slick added:

"And somebody call Paul Tagliabue and demand a great game for Sunday night!"

47 posted on 09/11/2006 12:57:45 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: oceanview
Kean's an idiot. Once the Gorelick "wall" became known, it was both irresponsible and unethical for them
to allow her to remain on the commission.
48 posted on 09/11/2006 1:04:54 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: uncbob
"If people blame Bill Clinton after seeing this, then the miniseries has failed," said Kean, the former Republican New Jersey governor. "That's wrong and it shouldn't happen.

Nice to have the GOP running investigations isn't it ?

Who set up the commission. You got it - the corrupt "Two-Party Cartel".

49 posted on 09/11/2006 1:06:03 PM PDT by Digger
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To: Calvin Locke

I agree, but who had the power to dismiss her?


50 posted on 09/11/2006 1:09:06 PM PDT by oceanview
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