New York-based Scholastic said it will replace the yanked material with a new classroom discussion guide focusing "more specifically on media literacy, critical thinking, and historical background."
Congressional Democrats have urged
ABC to cancel the miniseries, calling it "a work of fiction."
ABC issued a statement saying the production was still being edited and that criticism of the film's specifics were thus "premature and irresponsible,"
Chronicling events leading to the Sept. 11 attacks, the movie suggests the Clinton administration was too distracted by the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal to deal properly with the gathering threat posed by Islamic militants,
"After a thorough review of the original guide that we offered online to about 25,000 high school teachers, we determined that the materials did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues," Scholastic CEO Dick Robinson said.
Scholastic said it still believes the program "can provide a springboard to discussion about the issues leading up to 9/11, terrorism and the Middle East."