Scholastic Severs Ties With Controversial 9/11 Film
Posted on September 11, 2006Scholastic has severed its ties with the much-criticized docudrama The Path to 9/11, because the film contained misleading and inaccurate information. 9/11 Commission members, former President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and many others have stated that the film contains very misleading and false information. Scholastic had planned to do a reading guide for the film and distribute it to American school children, but has decided not to do that now.
Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic, says in a statement, "After a thorough review of the original guide that we offered online to about 25,000 high school teachers, we determined that the materials did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues."
We saw the first part of the film last night. About an hour and a half into the film, ABC posted a notice saying that composite characters were used, that the film wasn't based entirely on the 9/11 Commission Report etc. etc. In other words, it's just a drama, not a documentary.
Considering the fact that Scholastic is considered a trustworthy news source in our public schools, we think it's a good thing that Scholastic pulled its backing from the project.
If you want a purely factual, un-politicized timeline of what really happened in the run up to 9/11 (without fictional dialogue, bad acting or editorializing), we highly recommend The Terror Timeline and 1000 Years for Revenge by Peter Lance (Regan Books).