I'm Getting All Political Now. Watch Out!
Remember the Scholastic Book Club, oh you children of the 80s? Wasn't it fab? You'd be sitting there in your fifth grade classroom and like manna from heaven those translucent little multicolored pages of paper would be bestowed upon you. Cheapo paperbacks for the buying, that's what they were. It's thanks to them that I STILL to this day have my original paperback copy of Willo Davis Roberts's, The Girl With the Silver Eyes. Aside from the relative size of her glasses on the cover, that book STILL stands up to post-1988 scrutiny. I wish the same could be said of Scholastic Books.
Here's the deal. Ever heard of a little docudrama called The Path to 9/11? Oh, it's all sorts of delightful right-wing goodness! This television movie is set to air on ABC on September 10th and 11th, and let me tell you, it's a hoot. My favorite part of the show is when it manages to blame 9/11, to a great extent, on the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. I'll set the stage for you. It's the Clinton administration and our boys in Afghanistan have gotten the okay to "snatch" Bin Laden. Then, as Editor and Publisher put it:
Right away comes a quick cut to Clinton making his famous statement about not having "sexual relations" with Lewinsky. Clarke tells O'Neill that Clinton won't give the order to get bin Laden in this climate, with Republicans calling for his impeachment. O'Neill says that Clinton wants bin Laden dead -- but not if he has to order it. "It's pathetic," he declares.Needless to say, the words "My Pet Goat", does not appear at any point in time. There are other examples of this kind of thing. I just liked this one the best.
Why do I tell you all this? Because, my sweet darlings, guess who's offering teaching guides on the show? Yup. My dear beloved Scholastic.
Or maybe not. As of right now a Google search of Scholastic Books Path to 9/11 takes you to this page. But the top link? Not in operation. One can hope that this is a response of some kind. Still, it's a bit creepy that this kind of thing appeared in the first place. Teaching guides for inaccurate right-wing tv movies? Surely there are better uses of a publisher's time.
A thank you to Maud Newton for the info.