Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again? (Viet Nam)

Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again? (Viet Nam)

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Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again? (Viet Nam) ^ | 7/17/2017 | Stephen Sherman

Posted on 07/17/2017 7:08:59 AM PDT by rktman

PBS is planning to run a new documentary series this September on the Vietnam War, produced and written by Ken Burns. Burns is a left-wing “historian” and documentary film producer with a history of having his politics shape the narrative of the story he is telling, with a number of resulting inaccuracies.

Ken Burns correctly identifies the Vietnam War as being the point at which our society split into two diametrically opposed camps. He is also correct in identifying a need for us to discuss this aspect of our history in a civil and reflective manner. The problem is that the radical political and cultural divisions of that war have created alternate perceptions of reality, if not alternate universes of discourse. The myths and propaganda of each side make rational discourse based on intellectual honesty and goodwill difficult or impossible. The smoothly impressive visual story Burns will undoubtedly deliver will likely increase that difficulty. He has done many popular works in the past, some of which have been seriously criticized for inaccuracies and significant omissions, but we welcome the chance of a balanced treatment of the full history of that conflict. We can only wait and watch closely when it goes public.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: sea; vnvets

Well, as some would say, “It’s complicated.” RIP brothers and sisters.

1 posted on 07/17/2017 7:08:59 AM PDT by rktman

To: rktman

Of course, 90% of the “documentary” will focus on how unfair it was towards blacks.

2 posted on 07/17/2017 7:11:41 AM PDT by dfwgator

To: rktman

And you can bet, Burns will blame Nixon more for Vietnam, than LBJ.

3 posted on 07/17/2017 7:12:30 AM PDT by dfwgator

To: dfwgator

I got under some liberals skin once, by noting that LBJ was a Democrat. The war greatly escalated under LBJ. Liberals don’t like to hear inconvenient truths about what some of their own Democrats have done in history.

To: rktman

Do we really need another KB insomnia cure? His past ones work just fine.

5 posted on 07/17/2017 7:18:40 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (TETELESTI Read em and weep Lucy! Yer times almost up.)

To: rktman

This punk made a bunch of rapists and attempted murderers millionaires. The “Central park 5”. Burns made a fauxcumentary about them proclaiming their innocence and NYC Mayor and taxpayer funded anarchist Bill De Blasio saw it and got teary eyed and had the city hand over $44 million to those punks, and if that doesn’t tick you off enough, now they are suing for an additional $50 million. I talked to the lead detective in that case, he said before they even got them to the station, they were admitting to it in the patrol car. Not only that, they also admitted it with their parents present and also were caught on a jailhouse phone bragging about it. Yo! Now they living large boyeeeee! Tanks Mistuh Burns!

6 posted on 07/17/2017 7:19:55 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Trump: Greatest POTUS of all time solely for preventing Satan from taking office.)

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