Glenn Reynolds: “They told me that if George W. Bush were re-elected, films that made the President look bad would be quashed. And they were right! They just didn’t say which president…”
On September 11th 2007 I brought you a story entitled Dispelling the U.S. Aided Bin Laden In Afghanistan Myth! in it I linked to a story by Cyrus Nowrasteh, author of “The Path to 9/11,” which ran in the WSJ called A Real 9/11 Cover-Up detailing Mr. Nowrasteh’s battle to get this picture on DVD and the forces in and out side of Hollywood who are deliberately trying to shut it down and censor people from seeing it.
A year ago today, ABC ran the docudrama I wrote, “The Path to 9/11,” at the peak of a firestorm of political protest designed to discredit and shut down the miniseries before it aired. Left-leaning pundits, politicos and bloggers waxed hysterical about its supposed inaccuracies and anti-Clinton bias, though the vast majority of them had not seen it.
They were determined that no one else should see it, either. But they failed, and the miniseries garnered nearly 28 million viewers and seven Emmy nominations. One year later, however, there is another attempt to shut down “The Path to 9/11” — this time the DVD version.
Nearly two years after this mini-series originally aired and there still no sign of DVD release. But there’s hope… There is hope that this injustice, this systematic and heavily coordinated action to suppress this film from being distributed will be brought to light in a new documentary film produced by John Ziegler and Citizens United entitled “Blocking The Path To 9/11” This in depth documentary detailing the roadblocks and brick walls this film and it’s filmmakers are running into will be shown to a sellout audience screening at the Skirball Center in LA.
Today’s Los Angeles Times article: Documentary blames Clintons for 9/11 miniseries’ DVD holdup discusses the issue but the most unbelievable part of this report comes from PEN an international group of writers who are dedicated to fighting censorship… I guess that means just certain kinds of censorship:
“They used to say money and profits dictated everything in Hollywood,” said Nowrasteh, who has been working steadily on projects including an “on-again, off-again” pilot for Disney. ” ‘The Path to 9/11’ had a huge viewership, yet it didn’t mean a thing.”
Nowrasteh has, however, dropped his membership in PEN, a worldwide organization of writers dedicated to fighting censorship. “You’d like to see an organization dedicated to the freedom of creative expression, right here in town, come forth,” he said. “My film gets buried; they do nothing.”
But PEN officials who discussed the issue internally don’t see this as a censorship issue.
“From our standpoint, it had many hours of broadcast time, so it was exposed. It’s not like it was stifled and no one heard it,” said Adam Somers, executive director of PEN Center USA in Culver City. “In our opinion, it was a business decision by Disney. You have to assume if Disney thought they’d make money, they’d release it.”
This issue has got to be brought to the fore and people have got to stand up and demand that films of all opinions and all perspectives be made available and not subject to suppression campaigns.
There is absolutely no good reason, the powers that be could give, why these filmmakers are not being allowed to recoup their investment and provide this film to the masses by releasing it on DVD.
The only conclusion is censorship and that just can not be allowed to continue!