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ABC should not "profit" from producing and airing a deliberately false and partisan picture of the events leading up to 9/11 (that "The Path to 9/11" is being aired without commercial interruptions emphasizes its underlying political purpose).  Fortunately, there are at least two worthy alternatives to this ABC trash.

First, CBS will air a documentary produced by the Gaudet brothers and narrated by Robert DeNiro.  The brothers were filming in a New York City firehouse when the planes hit the World Trade Center, so they followed the firefighters that day.  It is gripping and poignant.  (The real thing beats Disneyland every time.)

The second alternative is the investigative report hosted by Ted Koppel on the Discovery Channel, "Koppel on Discovery: The Price of Security," examining the tradeoffs between our civil rights and our so-called (presumed) security.  Ted Koppel's name gives me hope for a balanced, nuanced approach to the issues involved.  So, Kossacks, get out there and call or write everyone you know.  Ask them to watch a real documentary about 9/11 instead of neocon Bushite fakery.

Originally posted to GreekGirl on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:02 PM PDT.

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  •  I've already got Koppel (1+ / 0-)
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    Marked on the cable box. Like you, I expect him to give the subject a pretty thorough analysis. I think it's set to go three hours!

    Revolutionary words start revolutions

    by Catte Nappe on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 01:52:29 PM PDT

    •  I gotta say.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I may watch this.  But the promos fucking disgust me.

      "Where do you draw the line between security and individual liberties?"

      That's like saying "Do you walk to school or carry your lunch?"

      If the program doesn't dispel the tragic myth that safety and freedom are contrary to one another -- instead of propagating it as its promotional ads do -- it will be a failure.

      Pakistan is harboring bin Laden. What now, Mr. President?

      by The Termite on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:08:34 PM PDT

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      •  In Ted's Words (0+ / 0-)

        I think if you just stop people in the street and you say to them, what are the biggest changes that have happened to America since 9/11, a number of them might be inclined to say: "Well, security is a lot tighter at the airports, you gotta take your shoes off, you can't carry a pocketknife onto the plane with you. And if you go to certain public buildings, there are these concrete dividers, there are more cops around." They will point to the visual things that have changed over the past five years.

        Those are really among the least important changes. This country has changed. Our legal system is different from what it was. We have, after all, been at war in Iraq for three years now. When you look at the issue of what rights or lack of rights detainees have, what can happen to someone who is here on an expired visa or without a visa, the degree to which our laws have been adjusted to accommodate — if not torture, then certainly the violent interrogation of people, it is evident that a profound shift has occurred.

        Now it may well be that all of these things are essential to the survival of the United States, but there is another argument to be made, and that is that the bedrock of the United States is the kind of legal system that we have had and enjoyed for many, many years. And when you start tweaking that legal system, when you start calibrating it, you make some changes that can lead to extraordinary ramifications later on in our lives, as well as in the lives of foreign detainees.

        So that tension between security, on the one hand, and various liberties, on the other; the manner in which privacy has become more of a factor and less of a factor; the degree to which data mining — which is high-speed computers digging into these millions of pieces of information that exist about all of us and how that information is being used and by whom that information is being used — these are all rather important things that have happened in the United States over the past five years. So that tension is what this program is about.

        You have to acknowledge that we, the American people, were pushing the issue of security five years ago, and it's only in the last couple of years that we have begun focusing a little more on the issues of liberties and freedoms and privacy. I don't think there are any real villains in this story. This is a story about America trying to come to terms with a new reality and how are we going to do that. Now is the time that we have to talk about issues of privacy and personal freedom and liberty and whether we want American law — U.S. law as it has always existed in this country — to continue being the bedrock of how we see ourselves and how we are seen overseas.

        Revolutionary words start revolutions

        by Catte Nappe on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:26:25 PM PDT

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  •  third alternative (0+ / 0-)

    Manning v Manning!


    sorry, i'm a pathetic sports fan...

    •  4th alternative (0+ / 0-)

      Simpson's American Dad and Family Guy. I hate to recommend fox, but those shows are always worth watching.  I plan on going between those and the Koppel program, myself.  I hope somebody watches the ABC thing, just so we can get a good review.  It won't be me, though.

      "Facts are stupid things"-- Ronald Reagan 1988

      by dougymi on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:06:16 PM PDT

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      •  5th alternative (1+ / 0-)
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        make popcorn and have a polker (or game) night and play music in the background.  Turn of the T.V.

        People who have no hope are easy to control and those who have the control have the power. Neverending Story

        by choppycursur on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:28:49 PM PDT

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        •  d-oh! of = off (1+ / 0-)
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          People who have no hope are easy to control and those who have the control have the power. Neverending Story

          by choppycursur on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:29:29 PM PDT

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        •  6th alternative... (1+ / 0-)
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          Thanks to Netflix, I'm going to be watching George Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou?  I'm heading for the eye candy.

          I wonder, given the lack of interest in Flight 93 and the other WTC movie, perhaps not many of the general public will be tuning in to PT911.  

          We lived through that time .. why would I want to relive it?

          Vote Jerry McNerney for Congress CA-11

          by RainyDay on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:55:39 PM PDT

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  •  The Gaudet Brothers... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and then Cold Case.  I saw the documentary a couple of years ago and it definitely rates a second viewing and CC is just a great show.

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:01:24 PM PDT

  •  Yep, I just got off the phone with my dad (1+ / 0-)
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    in Florida, and I said watch CBS or Discovery tonight, they both have good programs.

    And he said, "Well, as long as you don't tell me to watch 'Path to 9/11.' Cause that ain't gonna happen."

    Iraq was not about 9/11. And bin Laden is still free.

    by Naturegal on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:09:27 PM PDT

  •  I've been debating (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    All along I've been thinking that there's no way in hell that I'd watch PT911.  

    But this afternoon I thought again about it.  I want to see with my own eyes what happens during this broadcast - both the rotten show itself and any advertisements, disclaimers, etc.

    However, I don't want ABC to receive any credit for my television being tuned to their channel, so I was thinking that I may decide to watch it, but first I'll disconnect the cable and try to watch it over the old fashioned airwaves.

    I could watch clips online, I'm sure, but I won't know exactly what else is aired in my tv market unless I see for myself.

    Still undecided though.  I am beyond outrage about this whole thing.

  •  Watchin Simpsons and Family Guy (1+ / 0-)
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    Imiti iikula empanga Meaning in Bemba (Zambia): "The young trees are the forest". This saying applies to children who are the future of tomorrow.

    by gladkov on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:09:49 PM PDT

    •  You guys broke my irony meter (0+ / 0-)

      A bunch of Kossacks begging each other to watch FOX.  I mean, really.

      Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

      by madhaus on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:16:22 PM PDT

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      •  Well it is Fox entertainment division : ) (0+ / 0-)

        Plus, it's no worse than all those guys who said, "Yeah, I support a ban on ABC..except for ESPN..."

        Imiti iikula empanga Meaning in Bemba (Zambia): "The young trees are the forest". This saying applies to children who are the future of tomorrow.

        by gladkov on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:22:08 PM PDT

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    •  Oh and taping Iron Chef (0+ / 0-)

      Morimoto is actually on. He is the most ignored Iron Chef.

      Imiti iikula empanga Meaning in Bemba (Zambia): "The young trees are the forest". This saying applies to children who are the future of tomorrow.

      by gladkov on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:23:04 PM PDT

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  •  of course we're all going to watch it (0+ / 0-)

    Can anyone really turn their heads from a carcrash.  It's human nature.  For all the talk that's been going on here over the past week, do you really I'm NOT going to watch this?

    It's going a guilty secret pleasure.

    We should just watch it and critique the shit out of it
    I am sure there are other errors we have missed.


    pro-life + no legislation = pro-choice

    by kennyc on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:40:17 PM PDT

    •  I sure as hell won't watch it, just like I (0+ / 0-)

      don't watch Faux News.

    •  I will not watch ABC or Disney for 1 year. (0+ / 0-)

      We should all be very serious about that. Or were all those threats last week empty? If so, at the very least, at least let's not telegraph the fact right here on dkos. (I appreciate your car crash metaphor, however!)

      •  I don't know about a full year, but for a while (0+ / 0-)

        I know, it's killing me, but I'm really planning not to watch "Lost", "Desperate Housewives," etc., for at least a week or two.  I actually think that if we could organize a boycott of ABC for just a couple of weeks, or maybe a month, it would have a huge impact on their bottom-line (i.e., on their advertising revenue).

        P.S. to Emerson (below):  I think David is far more talented, also.  Plus, he's got a body to die for -- washboard abs (woo-hoo)!

        I do not suffer fools gladly

        by GreekGirl on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 04:18:43 PM PDT

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  •  My favorite is (1+ / 0-)
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    Mystery theatre on PBS at 9P.M. (EST).

  •  being in NY (0+ / 0-)

    i think i will watch the Giants game on NBC

    and also being in New York -- we have to have the Moron in Chief and his Stepford wife here PRETENDING they actually care about what happened one mile from my apt.

    GO HOME assholes!

    He may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot. Send him back to his father and brothers...

    by distributorcap on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 02:57:26 PM PDT

  •  I'm going to watch HGTV (0+ / 0-)

    I can't wait to see who won the Design Star competition.  I think David is far more talented than Alice, but I'm afraid people voted for her because she has that "cute" southern accent (that grates on my nerves, I have to say).

    Then it's Designed to Sell.  I love that show.

    "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell

    by Emerson on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 04:08:42 PM PDT

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