Sully and Lehman Embrace "Fake But Accurate"
(Guest Post by Big Tent Democrat)
I think what they're trying to do is to take the fact the specific scenes portrayed were fictional and to try to refute the underlying reality that the Clinton administration just didn't get it. And by the way, before 9/11 neither did the Bush administration," - 9/11 Commissioner John Lehman.
Believe it or not, Bill Bennett gets it right on the principle, if not the conclusion:
Look, "The Path to 9/11â³ is strewn with a lot of problems and I think there were problems in the Clinton administration. But that's no reason to falsify the record, falsify conversations by either the president or his leading people and you know it just shouldn't happen.
The point is simple - if you believe Clinton was faulty in his approach to terrorism and Al Qaida, then cite the FACTS to argue your case. Frankly, I think the problem is the FACTS say otherwise. That is precisely why fiction (or more bluntly, lies) must be used to smear the Clinton Administration's work on terrorism.
The bottom line is that a Wingnut producer made a "docudrama" intended to indict the Clinton Administration but the facts did not support the thesis. The truth is that since the intention was to indict Clinton, and since the facts did not support the intended indictment, what ABC's "Path to Truthiness" really proves is that Clinton apparently was quite serious about terrorism and the Bush Administration was not.
Ronald Reagan said "facts are stubborn things." They certainly can be. Let's hope they are here.
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