Sept. 9, 2006 -- Forget about any pretense of the Disney-ABC $40 million (commercial free) "The Path to 9/11" being a project that accidentally went astray. With the facts available as of Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9, one thing is already clear. It is a pre-meditated hit job, in the Rovian-GOP Swift Boat tradition.
Forget that the head of ABC is allegedly a Democrat; so is Sumner Redstone, who runs Viacom. But Redstone said in the 2004 election that while he preferred Kerry personally, Bush was better for Viacom profits, so he would vote for Bush. That’s what we got going here at ABC, which is owned by the often Republican connected Disney.
Before we get into some of the facts of the production, which are so glaringly reminiscent of the Swift Boat operation against Kerry and the Arkansas Project against Clinton, let’s propose a hypothetical -- although highly plausible -- scenario.
Let’s consider the strong possibility that last year Rove or an emissary met with the head of Disney. Rove knew that reality was running 180 degrees away from the rhetoric of the Bush/Cheney script for the "War on Terrorism." He needed fantasy to help reinforce a fictional narrative that the Bush Administration was and is peddling as fact.