John Aravosis is planning an “all-out war” against Disney/ABC. I’m glad to see that he’s come up with a number of ideas beyond boycotts of Disney – ABC programs and products. I’ve never heard of a boycott against a product or company that had any impact other than a little media attention.
Jennifer Nix, posting at firedoglake, has more. Three of her suggestions merit special attention, IMO. Briefly,
1. Work to get the widest possible distribution and viewing of the film 9/11 Press for Truth.
2. Urge media to cover the 9/11 Press for Truth press conference with the filmmakers and 9/11 families at the National Press Club. Meke noise to advocate more investigation.
3. Work to get “Press for Truth” learning materials into schools.
Nix fills in more details.
I want to say something about Scholastic’s role in the “Path” scandal. I used to work for Scholastic and know a little about how these things happen. I suspect it went down this way:
Somebody, probably ABC, contracted Scholastic to produce and distribute the classroom materials. And that somebody probably provided Scholastic with a script and graphics to work with. (Disney publishing could have produced the classroom materials just as well as Scholastic; ABC probably approached Scholastic because of its public school distribution chops.)
However, it’s unlikely Scholstic staff did all the actual work. The writing of the materials was almost certainly subcontracted to a “packager,” a company that will do any or all tasks from writing/editing through warehousing and distribution for a fee. Scholastic (and most textbook/ educational publishers) work with packagers a lot because publishing textbooks or other school materials doesn’t keep keep a full-time, permanent staff busy on a regular basis. There will be long periods of big, complex, tight-deadline projects followed by (sometimes) months with not much to do but re-arrange paperclips. So it’s common for the big educational publishers to keep a minimum in-house staff to provide editorial and artistic direction, hire by short-term contract as needed during crunch periods, and farm out the rest of the work to packagers.
When I was a production manager for Scholastic the biggest part of my job was coordinating the work of several different packagers and vendors scattered all over the country. Work would come into Scholastic at various stages to be reviewed by the in-house team, but it was actually being written and put together by people other than Scholastic employees.
I’d bet money that whoever in upper management worked out the contract details with ABC didn’t spin his wheels much over the content of the project. It was income, it was Disney/ABC, how bad could it be? The in-house editorial-production staff may have given the project no more than a cursory glance, requested bids from packagers, and farmed out the whole thing. It’s possible Scholastic staff acted only as brokers, passing the produced material on to ABC for review and back to packagers for revision.
I don’t know that’s what happened; I’m just saying that’s how these things usually work.
My entire department, from the Vice President down, was laid off in 2000, which is why I’m not still there, and I don’t believe anyone I used to work with is working there now. So I have no reason to be loyal. But Scholastic’s main office building is on Broadway between Prince and Spring streets, which places it in the Soho section of Manhattan. It was well within the area barricaded from all but essential workers after September 11. I’m sure there are people on the Scholastic staff who care about the truth deeply.
See also: Tom Shales, “ABC’s Twisted ‘Path to 9/11′”