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Monday, September 15, 2008
FrontPageMag, NewsBusters Promote Dubious 9/11 Doc
Topic: Horowitz

John Zieger, director of a documentary purporting to prove that the ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11" is being censored by "the left," gets the softball treatment in a Sept. 11 FrontPageMag article. Since it's a softball interview, Ziegler claims without challenge that the miniseries told the "real history" of events leading up to 9/11. Interviewer Jamie Glazov sycophantically plays along: "This censorship on the part of the Left clearly entailed Stalinist-like ingredients. How can this happen in a free country and where is the outcry against this totalitarianism in our country?"

Of course, that's not the case -- the show contined numerous factual errors and fabricated scenes that made the Clinton administration look worse than reality and the Bush administration look better than reality. reporter Kevin Mooney also promoted Ziegler's film in a Sept. 11 NewsBusters post. It rehashes in part a March 11 post Mooney did on the film (as we've noted). Like FrontPageMag, Mooney uncritically reports Ziegler's point of view; both also fail to note that the film's producer is David Bossie's hard-right outfit Citizens United.

Mooney repeats an point from his March post that Ziegler's film claims "President Clinton failed to move aggressively against Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists in 1990s because he needed to keep his approval ratings high to avoid impeachment." As before, there's no acknowledgement that, therefore, right-wingers who obsessively pursued bogus Clinton scandals and forced the Clinton impeachment bear some responsibility for 9/11.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:51 AM EDT

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