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This is a copy of a letter I have written to both ABC and Disney. There are a lot of facts people need to make ABC/Disney aware of, and many have already written great articles and letters to that end. It is also important that we remind these companies of the historical significance their actions can have, and that they must take this seriously. This is my first diary entry and I hope I have respected the rules of this online community.

To Whom it May Concern,

I write to you today not as a political partisan attempting to yank you to one side of the aisle or other, but as an American citizen, a citizen who is gravely concerned about your up and coming production "The Path to 9/11".

The attacks on September 11th were not attacks against Republicans or attacks against Democrats. They were not attacks against a particular school of thought. They were attacks on the American people, on every citizen- every man, woman, and child in this country. Each anniversary of 9/11 reminds us all of the struggle we went through as a country that day, and how we all came out of it on top, more determined than ever to move our country forward. As the years pass, individual recollections of that day will fade, and as the sands of time replace one generation with the next, they will eventually disappear. All that will be left will be the historic accounts- the writings, the photographs, the speeches, and above all, the movies and documentaries which will present the reality we experienced firsthand to generations yet to come. In the same way I rely on historical records to detail the significance of Pearl Harbor, an event which occurred before I was born, coming generations will look to productions like "The Path to 9/11" as a tool to teach them about the past.

Thus it is of great importance that as Americans we keep this in mind when we write the historical accounts and records of fact that describe what may have been our nation's greatest tragedy. Recollections of September 11th should not be altered to convey a reality different from the one we actually experienced. Sometimes it seems like all is fair in love and politics, but September 11th exceeded the bounds of anything political. Neither the anniversary of this day, nor any other day, should be used to broadcast a modified description of what really occurred before, during, and after those towers fell.

While I understand that Disney holds creative license dear, and does not wish to infringe on the right of anyone's free speech, there is a time and place for speech about fictitious recollections of 9/11, and that place is not the public airwaves, and that time is not the anniversary of this tragic event.

There is no need for me to repeat the specific reasons why this broadcast should not air as it stands, as these reasons have been brought to your attention by many. But I urge you that when considering whether or not to air this program, when taking to heart all of the aspects involved, you hold the conscience of your corporation in higher regard than anything else. Disney may be a company and it may be represented by various interests, business and political. But Disney is also American. And with that comes the responsibility of helping to properly define historic American events for centuries to come.

As a past and current consumer of Disney products, I too have a responsibility. And should Disney fail to live up to its responsibility, there is no doubt that I will never again contribute to the problem- I and my family will refrain from purchasing Disney products, visiting Disney theme parks, and I will take any other steps I can as a consumer for as long as it takes for Disney to correct historic record, should you refuse to correct it now.

I thank you much for your time and your consideration of my words.


Originally posted to JasonPol on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 06:17 PM PDT.

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  •  Amen (0+ / 0-)

    Great letter, it's what it is going to take.  I think the more of us that get involved, the more likely ABC will get cold feet.

    And if not, it'll be interesting being around the FCC the next Democratic presidency....

  •  Congratulations... (0+ / 0-)

    ... on your letter and even more importantly on your first diary. Hope it's the first of many.

    Here is my own letter to Mitchell, which I (like you) did not want to be a form letter:

    "Animals are my friends--and I don't eat my friends." (G.B. Shaw) My diaries [-6.75, -8.45]

    by Hudson on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 07:37:56 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    for your comments. I appreciate them. I am encouraged by the strong response to Disney/ABC's role in the right wing's "War on Truth" that I have seen on DailyKos and other web sites. My letter is a drop in the ocean of counter information you folks have put together about this issue and this is what our country needs. When the media lets facts slide through the cracks, whether it be due to a political agenda or not, it's good to know there are people there to catch those facts and display them out in the open for all to see. There is nothing more realistic than reality.

  •  And I forgot to mention... (0+ / 0-)

    your letter was excellent as well Hudson.

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