Saturday, September 23, 2006
Will bin Laden's death give life to documentary?
Reports say Osama bin Laden may be dead. If that's the case, perhaps American networks will no longer be afraid to run John Parsons Peditto's riveting and explosive documentary, Bin Laden's Escape. The Parco Productions doco has aired to great acclaim overseas, but no domestic news or entertainment boss has been brave enough to run the report on how the United States forces let bin Laden slip away at Tora Bora-- and more important, where he's travelled in the years since.
Bin Laden's Escape contains exclusive, unseen footage and explosive interviews with government agents, experts, and journalists on the front lines of the most intense manhunt in history. There are tales of personal encounters with bin Laden by the last Western reporters to interview him face-to-face, CNN terror expert Peter Bergen, and John Miller, former ABC News correspondent and current FBI spokesman. This documentary also contains extensive first-person footage shot by journalists along bin Laden’s escape route, as well as a hidden camera interview with an Osama collaborator by French Algerian journalist Mohamad Sifaoui in Karachi, Pakistan.
There's been a lot of praise for CNN's documentary special, 'In the Footsteps of bin Laden.' But the Parco documentary picks up where that one left off. And that seems to be part of the problem. Peditto is a broadcast journalism legend, and he and his team are giants, veterans who've taught the ropes to many of the suits and shirts & ties running the news establishment today. But they're mavericks, and time and again, from exposes of the Lennon assassination to talk TV to 9/11, John Parsons Peditto and company keep showing up the big boys.