the network has not bowed to pressure from former Cabinet members and left-wing groups to "dump," "yank" or otherwise pull the movie from the schedule.Films, "docu-dramas", mini-series, and tele-novelas are not facts or history; they are movies and, as such, are entertainment. "P9/11" may be based on a true story, but so was "JFK" and "The Alamo". John Kennedy was President of the United States and, yes, he was assassinated and the movie makers got that right. The verisimilitude ends there. The Alamo truly was in Texas and the Texicans within were killed by Mexican troops under General Santa Ana. What happened to Davy Crockett and Colonel Travis is mostly guesswork. The only other part we know is one man rode out with a message to Sam Houston. It read, "Ah, Houston, we have a problem." But the line was left out only to be used in another movie based in fact, "Apollo 13".
The current controversy and movie, "Path to 9/11", is based on true events. How those events are interpreted is anyone's guess until the series is shown. I would suspect anyone familiar with the events surrounding the real 9/11 attacks will find plenty of fault in "P9/11". It may even turn out that the only "facts" will be two airliners crashed into the Towers and they fell.
What I see as the truly important aspect here is the blatant disregard for the First Amendment guaranteeing the movie makers the right to create their version of events as they see fit. The characters involved are public figures and under court decision (mostly liberal courts) are fair game for interpretation and depiction so long as the public figure is not targeted with malicious intent and the generalized depiction serves the greater scope of the story.
True or false fictionalized accounts of many historical events have helped the general public "visualize" history that may be otherwise seen as terribly opaque and eye-glazing. Jeff Shaara has made a good living fictionalizing the American Civil War; Terry C. Johnston brings to life actual events of the Old West through fiction. Hollywood has fictionalized realty for decades. "Lawrence of Arabia" is a grand move and winner of 7 Academy Awards, but is no more "true" than "Julius Caesar" by Shakespeare. Depictions of Wyatt Earp are numerous, and "Tombstone" is one of the best. It is, however, not true; it's no more true than "My Darling, Clementine" or"Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter".
The point is this - movie makers and book writers have the right to produce whatever crap they damned well want. The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America says so. The only place individuals are obligated to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is in a court of law.
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