Joe Gandelman has a must-read this morning over at The Moderate Voice on ABC’s upcoming Wide Right wet fantasy “docudrama,” “The Path To 911.”
I certainly hope he’s right about the potential damage this could do to Disney and ABC (All ‘Bout Christ). As much as I have complained about Katie Couric and the lowering of standards at CBS, the truth is that some days ABC acts like it’s on Pat Robertson’s payroll.
Sadly, there should be no surprise in any of this, except perhaps in Disney’s sheer brazenness. This is a corp that has been the absolute centerpiece of American cultural conservatism for a very long time, and it has done more to promote and normalize a Right agenda through the years than FOX News has even dreamed of.
This part was appalling, though:
Even worse: ABC was planning to send study guides on this film and work with Scholastic publications so that school kids would be encouraged to see the film, think about it, and discuss it….just as if IT WAS FACT and NOT a docudrama that took dramatic liberties in portray key figures in ways aimed (like in all drama) to arouse viewer emotions.
Wasn’t there a word once widely used for taking license with facts, putting events through a biased political prism, then using it to teach young kids that this version was reality? The word — if you applied it to something happening in a Communist country or Iran — would be “propaganda.”
It’s almost like they’re lifting a page from the Saudi playbook, huh?