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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

AA Attacks "Irresponsible" ABC Movie: American Airlines offers a blistering response to Disney’s fabrication “The Path to 9-11” with a statement calling it “inaccurate and irresponsible” and Editor & Publisher’s coverage suggests that the airline might be considering legal action. If so it ought to get in line behind Sandy Berger and Madeleine Albright and others. I know the U.S. libel laws are tough, particularly for public figures, but there’s no doubt that ABC knew some of the charges it made against those two were false when it went to air, and that surely demolishes at least a couple of its possible lines of defense. And if the hurdles are still too high in the States, the show also aired on the BBC in the U.K., where libel is a little easier to prove and where American and others could use the court to win back some of their unfairly tarnished reputations.