Thursday, September 07, 2006
The Situation Online: 9/11 miniseries, Fray refund


Harvey Keitel plays FBI anti-terrorism expert John O'Neill in "The Path to 9/11."

9/11 miniseries: a teaching tool?
ABC's two-part miniseries, "The Path to 9/11", scheduled to air this weekend, is receiving harsh criticism over its accuracy from Democrats, liberal bloggers, and former White House officials. This afternoon, Scholastic ended their partnership with ABC and pulled from its Web site the teaching materials intended to coincide with the release of the film, saying the original documents failed to meet the company's "high standards for dealing with controversial issues". Click here to read what Scholastic wrote to 25,000 teachers when it released its original materials, now unavailable online. Scholastic plans to release new 9/11 discussion materials tomorrow to help high school students focus on critical thinking and media literacy skills.

A million little refunds?
Author James Frey has reached an agreement with his publisher Random House that will reimburse readers of "A Million Little Pieces" who purchased the book on or before January 26 and believed they were reading a non-fictional memoir. If consumers don't have the original receipt, the publisher says, page 163 of the hardcover or the front cover of the paperback will suffice as proof of purchase. Details of the refund will likely be posted on the Random House Web site after final court approval of the agreement, which could take weeks or even months.

After Frey was exposed by the Smoking Gun Web site for making up parts of his memoir, Frey was publicly berated by Oprah Winfrey, who had previously praised "A Million Little Pieces" as part of her elite book club.

Political Web wars
What would the world look like a year from now if Democrats controlled Congress? That's the subject of a new satirical Web site just launched by the Republican National Committee in which taxes are up and Democrats hold impeachment hearings for President Bush. Today the National Republican Senatorial Committee takes aim at the Democratic challenger in the Ohio Senate race. As November midterm elections quickly approach, Democrats are launching their own assault: this week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching three new websites targeting Republican candidates, and plan to launch dozens more in the upcoming weeks. Meantime, parties on both sides continue to offer voters online networking and fundraising tools including Democratic National Committee's Party Builder and the RNC's MyGOP.

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