Dear Robert Iger:

We write as professional historians, who are deeply concerned by the 
continuing reports about ABC's scheduled broadcast of "The Path to 
9/11." These reports document that this drama contains numerous 
flagrant falsehoods about critical events in recent American history. 
The key participants and eyewitnesses to these events state that the 
script distorts and even fabricates evidence into order to mislead 
viewers about the responsibility of numerous American officials for 
allegedly ignoring the terrorist threat before 2000.

The claim by the show's producers, broadcaster, and defenders, that 
these falsehoods are permissible because the show is merely a 
dramatization, is disingenuous and dangerous given their assertions 
that the show is also based on authoritative historical evidence. 
Whatever ABC's motivations might be, broadcasting these falsehoods, 
connected to the most traumatic historical event of our times, would 
be a gross disservice to the public. A responsible broadcast network 
should have nothing to do with the falsification of history, except 
to expose it. We strongly urge you to halt the show's broadcast and 
prevent misinforming Americans about their history.

Arthur Schlesinger
Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University
Lizbeth Cohen, Harvard University,
Nicholas Salvatore, Cornell University; 
Ted Widmer, Washington College;
Rick Perlstein, Independent Scholar;
David Blight, Yale University;
Eric Alterman, City University of New York;
Beverly Gage, Yale University.
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