ABC has decided to air its special miniseries "The Path to 9/11" without commercials or sponsorship and to provide it freely via the web, which leads me to a simple conclusion: they intend to create the dominant perspective on 9/11 by blitzing their program as quickly and widely as possible.
After originally announcing its intention to air "The Path to 9/11" with limited commercial interruption, the network now will air both parts of the $30 million Harvey Keitel starrer without any advertising.
What's more, the Alphabet will potentially limit its backend profits by allowing consumers to download the complete miniseries -- for free -- via Apple's iTunes Music Store. Mini also will be streamed for free via ABC.com, and XM Radio has pacted with the network to make an audiocast of the film available to its subscribers.
The only question is, what's the story they're going to tell?
McPherson said by offering the show for free on iTunes and via streaming video on ABC.com, the net hoped to expose as many people as possible to the findings of the 9/11 Commission, whose report forms the basis of the mini's script.
Which is unfortunate, because the 9/11 Commission's report was a leftist hack-job that obscured more than it revealed.