Historians Call on ABC to Cancel “Path to 9/11″
UPDATE: Kristen Breitweiser will be on “Larry King” tonight.
Offered without comment, because the letter says it all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEADING HISTORIANS CALL FOR CANCELLATION OF “FRAUDULENT”
ABC 9/11 DOCUMDRAMA
Call Flagrant Falsehoods Gross Disservice to the Public
CHICAGO, IL — SEPTEMBER 8, 2006 Ã¢â‚¬“ A group of leading American historians
today sent the following letter to Mr. Robert Iger of ABC. Signatories include
Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz, Princeton University,
this year's winner of the Bancroft Prize, the American history profession's
highest honor. Stressing the significance of the “traumatic” events
of 9/11, the signers of this letter are calling on Mr., Iger to stand up for
responsible media treatments of such important historical moments and withdraw
the program from circulation.
The text of the letter follows:
Dear Robert Iger:
We write as professional historians, who are deeply concerned by the continuing
reports about ABC’s scheduled broadcast of “The Path to 9/11.”
These reports document that this drama contains numerous flagrant falsehoods
about critical events in recent American history. The key participants and
eyewitnesses to these events state that the script distorts and even fabricates
evidence into order to mislead viewers about the responsibility of numerous
American officials for allegedly ignoring the terrorist threat before 2000.
The claim by the show’s producers, broadcaster, and defenders, that
these falsehoods are permissible because the show is merely a dramatization,
is disingenuous and dangerous given their assertions that the show is also
based on authoritative historical evidence. Whatever ABC’s motivations
might be, broadcasting these falsehoods, connected to the most traumatic historical
event of our times, would be a gross disservice to the public. A responsible
broadcast network should have nothing to do with the falsification of history,
except to expose it. We strongly urge you to halt the show’s broadcast
and prevent misinforming Americans about their history.
Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University
Lizbeth Cohen, Harvard University,
Nicholas Salvatore, Cornell University;
Ted Widmer, Washington College;
Rick Perlstein, Independent Scholar;
David Blight, Yale University;
Eric Alterman, City University of New York.