Is the DVD release of Path to 9-11 being suppressed because Hillary’s running for president?

Posted by: ST on September 6, 2007 at 10:26 am

BillaryST reader GWR pointed out this story yesterday, noting that Right Wing Nuthouse’s Rick Moran wrote about it at The American Thinker, and I wanted to expand on it here some myself. The LA Times’ Martin Miller wrote a story yesterday which provides a possible explanation why ABC’s controversial docudrama Path to 9-11 hasn’t been released yet on DVD yet. It’s a very interesting story you should read in full. Here are some excerpts (emphasis added by me):

Among the nearly two dozen television DVDs slated for nationwide release on Sept. 11 is the second season of “Bones,” the third season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and the miniseries “The Starter Wife” that aired earlier this year. Not on the list on that day or any other in the near future is last year’s highly controversial “The Path to 9/11.”

The $40-million, five-hour ABC miniseries, which recently received seven Emmy nominations and drew a combined two-night audience of more than 25 million viewers, is for now on the path to nowhere. Its Amazon page reads: “Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

With no date for the release, questions are being raised about whether political pressure is behind its current status as a stalled or discarded DVD project. The reasons are murky, but the miniseries’ writer, Cyrus Nowrasteh, believes it’s crystal clear: Powerful forces are out to protect Bill Clinton’s presidential legacy and shield Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) from any potential collateral damage in her bid for the White House.

Nowrasteh, also one of the miniseries’ many producers, said he was told by a top executive at ABC Studios that “if Hillary weren’t running for president, this wouldn’t be a problem.”

“Whatever anyone may think about me or this movie, this is a bad precedent, a dangerous precedent, to allow a movie to be buried,” added Nowrasteh, who received death threats even before the miniseries was broadcast last September. “Because the next time they’ll go after another movie. The Bush administration may go after a movie. The next administration may go after a movie. No matter who it is, they may go after a movie. I think this town needs to stand up.”

I think Nowrasteh’s claims have a significant amount of credibility to them, considering the efforts by Democrats in the Senate, as well as Clinton’s lawyers, to force ABC into putting a lid on the movie. Those efforts included:

Could ABC be worried about a lawsuit if they proceeded to release P2911 on DVD? Or is this more of an attempt to protect a candidate they’d favor over all the other presidential hopefuls?

The media’s zealousness to protect Hillary Clinton isn’t a recent development. Back in 2001, shortly after the 9-11 attacks, Senator Clinton spoke at Madison Square Garden at a benefit rock concert for 9-11 victims. She was booed and heckled by many in the audience, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the DVD:

During his July 12 20/20 look at media manipulation and distortions, Stossel used the Hillary Clinton incident as his first example.

Stossel explained: “Last fall Paul McCartney headlined a concert to benefit victims of September 11th. Some politicians appeared, including Senator Hillary Clinton.” Over the booing of Senator Clinton as she walked on stage and waved, Stossel noted: “And people in the audience booed her. Booed and heckled.”

Stossel told viewers: “But then MTV’s channel VH1 re-ran the same concert and made it into a DVD.” As 20/20 showed the same scene again, but this time VH1’s new version with applause, Stossel pointed out: “Notice a difference? The booing has been removed. Now and forever on the DVD the crowd applauds Senator Clinton.”

There’s a Real Player video clip at that link as well.

Hillary has also made it clear that her Socialistic tendencies run deep, like in a speech she made back in June where she asserted that “something has to be taken away from some people,” which was a repeat of a remark she made back in June 2004 to an audience of well-off supporters:

Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters – some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend – to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress.

“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

These remarks are outrageous and worthy of further examination by the mainstream press, who would slam GWB up one side and down the other if he made remarks that suggested that some people were going to have to sacrifice in order for others to benefit for the “common good.”

Now, some people might be thinking: “Well what about the emerging Hsu scandal? Hillary’s come under the microscope since the story broke of his fundraising on her behalf.” I want you to take a close look at those stories. Most of them aren’t exploring in depth Hillary’s relationship with the fugitive Norman Hsu. They’re exploring how Hsu operated, which may or may not in the near future reveal more about Hillary’s dealings with him. Rest assured, if GWB or any prominent Republican been associated with Hsu, we’d get front page, wall to wall, in-depth reports on just how cozy they were. Kinda like what they did with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who Time Magazine tried to associate with GWB even though the only picture they had of the two of them together happened to be when they were standing in the same room at the same time – but not together. There were so many people in the room that Time, in the interest of ‘helping’ their readers, put a circle around Abramoff’s head just so we’d know which one he was. Incidentally, Jack Abramoff had ties to Democrats, too, but they were ties the media largely ignored, save for the rare story here or there that went nowhere.

Is ABC being strong-armed into holding back on the release of P2911 on DVD? Or is this just an effort on their to protect Hillary Clinton from being associated with her husband’s failed counterterrorism efforts (which I recapped here (scroll down to see relevant quotes)? I don’t know, but either way, the suppression of this film shouldn’t be tolerated.

Please contact ABC and let them know how you feel about it.

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8 Responses to “Is the DVD release of Path to 9-11 being suppressed because Hillary’s running for president?”


  1. Steve Skubinna says:

    Well, it’s only reasonable, after the Bush admin buried Fahrenheit 911 and Loose Change, right?

    Uh… they did, didn’t they? I mean, this being the worst dictatorship in history, lead by history’s greatest terrorist, they must have suppressed them, right? I just can’t remember hearing about it. Surely it was right around the time all those jackbooted thugs busted up the libraries in the name of the Patriot Act? You know, when they disappreared Al Franken and Jeanine Garofolo and Cindy Sheehan?

  2. Not sayin' says:

    No, Sis, this is a good thing. We want P2911 released in DVD to the public — around Labor Day of 2008! :)

  3. Hmm – you may be onto somethin’ there :-?

  4. Lorica says:

    No, Sis, this is a good thing. We want P2911 released in DVD to the public — around Labor Day of 2008!

    Absolutely Sayin’!!! This DVD is going to be released eventually, and all they are doing with this scuttle butt is making the more awake in America wonder what is in it exactly. Bill Clinton is a hero of the left, but no one can tell us what he did exactly that was so heroic. It is more and more BS coming from the people whos only interest is to cover their own asses. – Lorica

  5. Lorica says:

    We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

    I would also like to say something about this quote. Isn’t this the same words that Hitler used as he was stealing the shops and treasures of Jews in his country??

    Also, Bill and Hill are multi-millionaires now. I would love to see what their charitable giving is. I bet they give away less than 1% of their annual income. I find it odd for people who won’t give to charities to make such comments, such as Al Gore, as VP giving a total of 500.00 out of his salary. Why people are so enamored with these people is beyond me. – Lorica

  6. Great White Rat says:

    No, Sis, this is a good thing. We want P2911 released in DVD to the public — around Labor Day of 2008!

    In princple, I agree, although the pressures on ABC to hold back the release will be even stronger if the Hildebeest wins the nomination. If it is released, you can bet we’ll hear endless screeching about “swift-boating”. Even though swift-boating really means pointing out facts that expose leftist frauds.

  7. Drewsmom says:

    abc just got an email from little ole me, so there.
    If Hsu, court no show, is not hurting hill, and it is not, nothing will so show it abc — why not.[-(

  8. Big Bang Hunter says:

    – First on the DVD – Bootleg copies have already found their way onto the net. ABC/Disney (notice Disney at the center of yet another political controversy) will have to eat it badly if they don’t get on the ball. If they continue to withhold, they could take a real financial bath instead of the big bucks they stand to make with the release. At some point we’ll get to see if ideology really does trump board room bottom lines. My money says it will not.

    – Dropping the other Hsu, our glorious workers daily, aptly named the San Diego Union, ran a few very short OpEnd pieces masquerading as news as usual, and then yesterday finally did a 6 paragraph column.

    – Other than the fact that they all ran on page 10, directly across from the daily Iraq sham-a-news Bush bashing full page editorials, the only way you would know he had anything to do with the Dems or Hillery is the use of the term “Democratic contributor” twice. Once each in two of the articles. They are in full out CYA for the Hildebeast.

    – The Editors at all the left wing rags must be fighting off gastric attacks, as Hsu keeps the ball rolling by skipping out. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of American hating traitors.

    – Speaking of Hillery, something that came up just today makes me believe that it will be a miracle if she makes it through the rpimaries, not just because the crazy aunts in the Leftwing attic hate her, but the Clinton legacy, which just won’t go away, even after all these years. To wit.

    – Kathleen Willey, one of slick Willy’s sexual harrasment victims, filed a police complaint today, stating that unknown thugs had stolen the manuscript for her upcoming book from her home, and in the process left material evidence to make sure she knew who they were acting for and give her the obvious “message”. Fortunately she has many copies of the manuscript, but they just wanted to try to scare her off. As she herself put it; “[He] terrorized me then, and hes still terrorizing me now, but I will not be silenced.” You know, no one bats 1000. Sooner or later the Clintonestas are going to get caught in a situation even they can’t lie or buy their way out of.

    – Aside from all her other baggage, if the Lewinskis, and Willeys, and Flowers, ect, each start dropping back into the scene, this could be a really interesting political season, in addition to all the other intrigues we already see on the horizon.

    – Which, if she bites it, would be a real disappointment. I was so hoping to get to watch her get her Socialist brains beat in by the Republican candidate.

    – BBH – **==