President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Dear Mr. Iger:
Your attention to the following issue would be greatly appreciated.
It has come to my attention that ABC plans to air a two-part mini-series called "The Path to 9/11" on September 10 and September 11. Accounts of advance screenings indicate that this program places primary responsibility for the attacks of 9/11 on the Clinton administration while whitewashing the failures of the Bush administration. This assertion is not supported by the 9/11 Commission Report upon which the program is purportedly based. This partisan misrepresentation of history is not surprising given that the movie was written by Cyrus Nowrasteh, an avowed conservative.
It is wrong for ABC to play politics with the facts of 9/11 by providing a national platform to present his distorted view of history. I am unwilling to whitewash the truth. The events that led to 9/11 are important topics for discussion and debate. But it's a debate that must be conducted honestly.
I am asking ABC to either fix the many inaccuracies contained in the program - or to not air it. I realize that I can choose to "tune out" and not watch it, so why does this matter?
Roughly three-quarters of Americans state that they get their information from broadcast or cable television. No other source of information - not newspapers, magazines, or the Internet - comes close to the power of television to inform the public. Even if this is meant as a drama, the misrepresentations will serve to only confuse the public.
The public grants the media the right to use its airwaves for commerce and profit. The public should expect at least moderate and accurate attention to consequential world developments in return.
I would appreciate a prompt reply to my e-mail. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Editor's note: This was one of those auto-replies, but I modified and added my own language as well.