right wing evangelical group may be behind abc’s “docudrama”

An excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s new Huffington Post article:

…”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 Television industry.” 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).

The following month, on July 28, the New York Post reported that ABC was filming a mini-series “under a shroud of secrecy” about the 9/11 attacks. “At the moment, ABC officials are calling the miniseries ‘Untitled Commission Report’ and producers refer to it as the ‘Untitled History Project,'” the Post noted.

Early on, Cunningham had recruited a young Iranian-American screenwriter named Cyrus Nowrasteh to write the script of his secretive “Untitled” film. Not only is Nowrasteh an outspoken conservative, he is also a fervent member of the emerging network of right-wing people burrowing into the film industry with ulterior sectarian political and religious agendas, like Cunningham…

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2 Comments

  1. egpenet
    Posted September 10, 2006 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    And not just in time for the mid-term elections, it is CRUCIAL for the neocons to keep the extremist Christian Crusade alive, inching us toward their Armageddon … a third world war focused in the Middle East. This subtle twisting of the 9/11 compunded tragedy is not unlike the centuries of selective “editing” done in the name of orthodoxy to keep the masses in fear … fear of damnation … and now, fear of terrorism. “Let’s roll!”

  2. ol' e cross
    Posted September 11, 2006 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Funny thing is, it was less than 10 years ago that the Southern Baptists and the Catholic League, among others, were in a raging boycott of Disney for their magic kingdom “gay days” and the like.

    The about-face is striking, but not surprising. As has been noted on this blog, conservatives are the best breeders and can provide Disney with bushels of freshfaced mouseketeers.

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