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Flash: Chris Wallace Takes Dems' Side in ABC Flap

Reported by Judy - September 8, 2006 -

Fox News' Chris Wallace was surprisingly angry about the ABC docu-drama that contains made-up scenes regarding President Clinton's attempts to capture Osama bin Laden, calling the action "unethical" and "lousy" and urging people not to see it so that ABC and its parent, Disney Corporation, lose money on the deal.

Wallace, appearing Friday (September 8, 2006) on "Fox and Friends" to plug his regular Sunday show, brought up the ABC series "The Path to 9/11."

"I have a very strong opinion about this. Disney, the parent company of ABC, did this to my father (Mike Wallace) a few years ago. They made a movie called 'The Insider' involving my father and the tobacco industry. And they had Christopher Plummer, a great actor, saying and doing things as my father that he never said and never did," Wallace said.

"I don’t know if it’s legal, but I think it’s unethical and its lousy and I think that’s what ABC, a child, a subsidiary of Disney is doing here. You know, it’s one thing to sit there and criticize the Clinton administration for what they did or didn’t do in the chasing of Osama bin Laden, but when you put somebody up on the screen and say that’s Madeline Albright or that’s Sandy Berger and you have them saying or doing something that they didn’t say or do, that’s unethical, it shouldn’t happen. They should take the scene out. I think it’s just wrong."

One of the ditzy "Fox and Friends'" hosts asked Wallace if he were really upset, and Wallace said, "I am mad about it. Because this idea of docu-dramas, you sit there and you say, oh, it’s just a drama. No viewers look and when they see something and they say it’s based on the 9/11 Commission, and look there’s plenty, I’m not saying the Clinton administration didn’t do plenty wrong in the way they handled Osama bin Laden, but when you sit there and put somebody on the screen and say that’s Madeline Albright and she said this in a specific conversation and she never did say, I think it’s slanderous, I think it’s defamatory, and I think that ABC and Disney should be held to account."

"Fox and Friends"' resident village idiot, Brian Kilmeade, then tried to compare it to the British movie showing mock video of George Bush being assassinated, but Wallace noted that was different because "“Everybody know george bush wasn’t shot."

Wallace said that the movie about his father, "The Insider," was the least successful movie Disney made that year, and he said he hopes people punish ABC in the same way by not watching "Path to 9/11."

A surprising turn of events after two other segments on "Fox and Friends" in which the trio of co-hosts let supporters of the film have their say without balancing comment.