Right-wing Evangelical Christian’s War on Democracy!


I have written many articles on the right-wing Evangelical Christian movement, but now that we know they were involved, and at least partially if not completely behind ABC/Disney’s upcoming Docudrama on 911. This production has been labeled as deceitful, propaganda, an utter distortion of the truth, and an attempt to re-write history to help swing the November Elections toward the Neo-conservatives! America should be outraged, and it is my belief that measures should be taken against those that plot against our democracy – and especially when they try to get our schools to use them in an attempt to indoctrinate and deceive our youth, who will be the next leaders of America!

This is the kind of propaganda we would expect to see coming out of China or the old Soviet Union – not our democratic republic, and not from mainstream sources such as ABC and the Disney Corporation. This is a wake-up call to America – the Neo-conservatives and enemies of freedom are infiltrating the very core of our country, and it’s up to each and every American that is aware to tell their friends and family of the danger we face – that we can’t even trust established companies like ABC and Disney!

This is an assault on our very values and constitution, and the future of our country rides on unmasking these purveyors of deceit; let it be known to all that our democracy is under assault from an enemy within – and one that is as dangerous as the terrorists in the Middle-east! They come to us as wolves dressed is sheep’s clothing, and to make matters worse, are extremely wealthy and attempt to buy what they can’t steal or subvert. This time though, the guardians of our freedom became quickly aware of their plans, and thanks to all that read the Blogoshpere, even though ABC/Disney will still air their supposed “Docudrama,” I have hopes their efforts to deceive America will be unsuccessful and backfire right in their faces! (I understand many changes are being made – and all of you can congratulate yourselves on a job well-done!)

Max Blumenthal
09.08.2006

Discover the Secret Right-Wing Network Behind ABC’s 9/11 Deception

Less than 72 hours before ABC’s “The Path to 9/11″ is scheduled to air, the network is suddenly under siege. On Tuesday, ABC was forced to concede that “The Path to 9/11″ is “a dramatization, not a documentary.” The film deceptively invents scenes to depict former President Bill Clinton’s handling of the Al Qaeda threat.

Now, ABC claims to be is editing those false sequences to satisfy critics so the show can go on — even if it still remains a gross distortion of history. And as it does so, ABC advances the illusion that the deceptive nature of “The Path to 9/11″ is an honest mistake committed by a hardworking but admittedly fumbling team of well-intentioned Hollywood professionals who wanted nothing less than to entertain America. But this is another Big Lie.

In fact, “The Path to 9/11″ is produced and promoted by a well-honed propaganda operation consisting of a network of little-known right-wingers working from within Hollywood to counter its supposedly liberal bias. This is the network within the ABC network. Its godfather is far right activist David Horowitz, who has worked for more than a decade to establish a right-wing presence in Hollywood and to discredit mainstream film and TV production. On this project, he is working with a secretive evangelical religious right group founded by The Path to 9/11’s director David Cunningham that proclaims its goal to “transform Hollywood” in line with its messianic vision.

Before The Path to 9/11 entered the production stage, Disney/ABC contracted David Cunningham as the film’s director. Cunningham is no ordinary Hollywood journeyman. He is in fact the son of Loren Cunningham, founder of the right-wing evangelical group Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The young Cunningham helped found an auxiliary of his father’s group called The Film Institute (TFI), which, according to its mission statement, is “dedicated to a Godly transformation and revolution TO and THROUGH the Film and Televisionindustry.” As part of TFI’s long-term strategy, Cunningham helped place interns from Youth With A Mission’s in film industry jobs “so that they can begin to impact and transform Hollywood from the inside out,” according to a YWAM report.
Last June, Cunningham’s TFI announced it was producing its first film, mysteriously titled “Untitled History Project.” “TFI’s first project is a doozy,” a newsletter to YWAM members read. “Simply being referred to as: The Untitled History Project, it is already being called the television event of the decade and not one second has been put to film yet. Talk about great expectations!” (A web edition of the newsletter was mysteriously deleted yesterday but has been cached on Google at the link above). MORE

The above article goes into great depth, and if you follow the link, there are numerous active links within the piece that will offer even more information and substantiation into this plot against democracy. Even Howard Dean is speaking out, asking some of these same questions:

Dean: ‘Who funded this $40 million dollar slanderous propaganda?’

09/08/2006 @ 8:17 pm
Filed by RAW STORY

Referring to the controversial docudrama Path to 9/11, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is calling on ABC/Disney to reveal “who funded this $40 million dollar slanderous propaganda,” in a DNC press release received by RAW STORY.

“It’s deeply disappointing that ABC would put something on the air that has been proven to have factual inaccuracies about one of the most important events in our nation’s history,” said Dean in the press release. “ABC should not air this distortion of history.”

Path to 9/11 writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh “has ties to an evangelical Christian group whose goals include ‘transform[ing] Hollywood from the inside out,’ according to research by readers of prominent blogs,” Justin Rood reported for TPMmuckraker earlier today. “Path director David L. Cunningham is also involved in The Film Institute, an offshoot of the Hawaii-based global evangelical group, Youth With a Mission.”

“The fact that the writer/producer of the piece is a well known conservative raises additional concerns and questions,” said Dean. “The American people deserve to know who funded this $40 million dollar slanderous propaganda.”

“Use of the public airwaves is a privilege conferred upon broadcasters in the public interest,” Dean continued. “It comes with a responsibility to the American people and a responsibility to the truth.” LINK

Tom McMahon, from democraticparty@democrats.org offers this thanks and call to action:

This is it: crunch time for getting the slanderous ABC television docudrama “The Path to 9/11″ yanked off the air. The network schedule has this slanderous attack on Democrats slated to start on Sunday night, September 10, at 8 o’clock — and as long as it stays on the schedule, we have work to do. Tell your friends and family about this disgrace and ask them to push to keep this propaganda off the air:

http://www.democrats.org/pathto911/send

Here’s the good news: the suits at ABC and the Walt Disney Company have started panicking under pressure, thanks to your ferocious response to the outrageous decision to put this irresponsible miniseries on the air. But until Disney quits defending its plan to broadcast conservative propaganda — fraudulently presented to Americans as “based on the 9/11 Commission Report” — the company should plan to keep taking every bit of heat we dish out.

Here’s a quick catch-up on developments over the last 48 hours:

• President Clinton, through his attorney, rebuked ABC for producing a “factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate” miniseries — and walked the network through three make-believe scenes in the “the Path to 9/11″ that defame people and misrepresent events during his administration.

• Clinton’s spokesman later stepped up the pressure, condemning Disney as “despicable” for “airing a fictional version of what is a serious and emotional event for our country. No reputable organization,” he said, “should dramatize 9-11 for a profit at the expense of the truth.”

• The families of September 11 victims have weighed in on the controversy, telling “entertainers” not to “promote misleading or incorrect information as fact to the public.”

• House and Senate Democratic leaders hammered Disney president and CEO Robert Iger, in letters that questioned the company’s commitment to its “reputation … as a corporation worthy of the trust of the American people and the United States Congress.”

• Scholastic has pulled teaching materials off its website and has scrambled to adopt a plan to help teachers show students “the differences between factual reporting and a dramatization,” but is still encouraging teachers to show their students this propaganda.

Thanks for helping to make all this happen by joining over 150,000 Americans who told Disney president Robert Iger to keep this cheap right-wing miniseries off our airwaves. But our work isn’t done. Before we deliver your letter today, tell your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to insist that Disney and ABC live up to its duty to tell the truth:

There is one more player of note that American’s should be aware of, and I am including this last segment so all will know who the true enemies of democracy are, and in examining the publications and causes this so-called “gentleman” contributes to or owns, American’s should take whatever is said within those sources with a grain of salt – with the knowledge that this is a man that is not a freedom fighter – but fights and funds causes publications and organizations that seek to change and alter our way of life into his pre-conceived Neo-conservative ideology of what he thinks America should be:

Richard Mellon Scaife (right) and David Horowitz
The VRC Lives, and All Paths in It Lead Back Mr. Scaife

If you are among the millions whose eyes have been opened over the past six years to the true depravity of Republican malfeasance, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the skullduggery didn’t start at George W. Bush’s inauguration. Not hardly.

Max Blumenthal’s expose at HuffPo on the rightwing cabal behind ABC’s controversial miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” is a must-read. According to Blumenthal, the show’s producer, director and writer are part of a conservative insurgency within Hollywood. They have connections to David Horowitz, the often-disgraced rightwing media critic who is based in Los Angeles.

The connection into the conservative power grid that may be the most interesting, however, is the production’s ties to Richard Mellon Scaife:

Since the inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1992, Horowitz has labored to create a network of politically active conservatives in Hollywood. His Hollywood nest centers around his Wednesday Morning Club, a weekly meet-and-greet session for Left Coast conservatives that has been graced with speeches by the likes of Newt Gingrich, Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens. The group’s headquarters are at the offices of Horowitz’s Center for the Study of Popular Culture, a “think tank” bankrolled for years with millions by right-wing sugardaddies like eccentric far right billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. (Scaife financed the Arkansas Project, a $2.3 million dirty tricks operation that included paying sources for negative stories about Bill Clinton that turned out to be false.)

Secretive people usually have something to hide, and “secretive” is among the first words that come to mind regarding Mr. Scaife, who is an heir to the Mellon fortune and lives in Pittsburgh where he publishes a daily newspaper known for its rightwing slant.(The other word most-often associatied with him is “eccentric.”) MORE

What has occurred with ABC/Disney is only a skirmish in the war against our democracy by the Neo-conservatives and the right-wing Evangelical Christian movement – and to win any war, you need to have the proper armaments to win not only the various battles we shall fight, but to eventually be victorious in outing and defeating those that are attempting to steal our democracy. In this case, our weapons are knowledge and truth, and spreading it to those that are unaware is tantamount in effectively halting the spread of this diseased and un-American ideology! Spread the word – not everyone reads the Blogoshpere, and keep-up those letters and calls to our various Mainstream News outlets, Congress, local newspaper editors, and don’t forget to tell your neighbor – as they may be the one’s to fall into the trap of deception and propaganda!

UPDATE:

Widowed Husband Of Former Disney Records Exec Killed On 9/11 Writes To ABC’s Iger: I “Urge You Not To Air This Film”

By Greg Sargent

John Beug, the widowed husband of Carolyn Beug, a former vice president at Walt Disney Records who was on the plane that slammed into 1 World Trade Center, has written a letter to ABC chief Bob Iger pleading with him not to run the film. A source provided us with a copy of the letter.

It reads, in part: “I am writing to express my concern and deep reservations about this film and to ask you, out of respect for the victims of 9/11 and their families, not to air it…I strongly and respectfully urge you not to air this film.”

Reached by phone, Mr. Beug confirmed the letter was his and verified its accuracy. “I think it’s unfortunate that people are sensationalizing the story for whatever reason they’re doing it,” Mr. Beug said. “It shouldn’t be politicized.” Soon after her death, Carolyn Beug was described by U.S.A. Today as a “former Walt Disney Records executive” who “won acclaim for her work on the Pocahontas film soundtrack.”

ABC has said that judgments of the film are premature. “No one has seen the final version of the film, because the editing … is not yet complete, so criticisms of film’s specifics are premature and irresponsible,” a recent ABC statement said.

The full text of the letter follows after the jump. MORE

Footnote: I invite all to read the several articles in the Politics/Religion section of this Blog; you will find even more information, links, and substantiation into this unprecedented “War on Democracy” by the right-wing Evangelical “Christians.”

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