Actually, it’s more than that. When it comes to material that offends the left, Hollywood’s top execs will willingly lose money to shut it down. Five years ago this month, screenwriter Cyrus Nowrasteh’s The Path to 9/11 premiered on ABC. Based on the 9/11 Commission Report, among other sources, the docudrama focused in on the years leading up to 9/11, dramatizing the hunt for Bin Laden and al Qaeda and the failures of both the Clinton and Bush Administrations. ABC was supremely proud of the miniseries, as they should have been – it’s a terrific piece of work.
When the left found out that Nowrasteh, a quiet conservative, had written the project, however, they descended en masse on ABC. Sleazebag journalist Max Blumenthal wrote a hit piece decrying Nowrasteh and implying that David Horowitz somehow stood behind the nefarious project. Senators called for restrictions on it. And members of the Clinton Administration insisted that certain lines be cut.
Finally, The Path to 9/11 was shown – and, as predicted, it did very well, drawing 25 million viewers over two nights. But then it disappeared. ABC refused to release it on DVD, despite spending $40 million producing it. Despite offers from outside media groups to buy the rights, Disney turned it down. Bob Iger simply shelved it. The reason? According to high-ranking Disney executives, Hillary Clinton was going to run for president, and they didn’t want The Path to 9/11 to hurt her. Today, the docudrama still sits in a dusty room somewhere.
Hollywood often pretends that it’s run simply by the almighty buck. To a large extent it is. But Hollywood would also risk the buck for political correctness. That’s why we can see television characters bashing Bush, Reagan, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and everything else even mildly conservative on a regular basis, but not see The Path to 9/11 on dvd.
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