for example, i read something at dissident voice - i think there the site is currently down - yesterday that was attacking no child left behind (rightly attacking it, my opinion). but it was laying all the blame on bush 'forgetting' who steered that: ted kennedy.
for those who don't know, years and years ago, sylvia chase nailed down a report on j.f.k.'s affair with monroe. it was, as hugh downs stated publicly (he was then co-anchor of 20/20) better sourced and documented than anything they aired. but the kennedys asked family friend roone arledge to kill the segment and it was killed.
in protest, geraldo rivera quit. barbara walters and downs appeared on the cover of people magazine protesting the show's censorship.
we've now seen it again.
the history channel is not going to air a kennedy mini-series. it's a mini-series that's scripted. in other words, when they agreed to air it, when they gave it money to film, they'd read the screenplay. the mini-series had name actors: katie holmes as jackie, greg kinnear as j.f.k.
a few of you may remember when james brolin played ronald reagan and judi davis played nancy in that mini-series. you may not remember that it was supposed to air on cbs and not showtime. but ranters on the right screamed and yelled over a mini-series they didn't feel was flattering and that they hadn't seen.
many people attacked that move. (i attacked that move.) many, such as barbra streisand (who is married to brolin) pointed out that those attacking the mini-series hadn't seen it, hadn't even read a final script of it.
barbra was right - as she so often is.
but now it's eight or so years later and we've got the left's busybody robert greenwale - failed film director whose t.v. output is saved only by the fact that farrah gave a riveting performance (the burning bed is not a good telefilm. it doesn't hold up as a script, the camera is concerned with too many things not central to the main narrative and loose ends are never tied up in that title card ending). greenwald is a nothing director whose output is now basically mail-order dvds on whatever issue of the moment has captured (temporarily) his fancy. he doesn't, for example, make direct-to-mail videos on the iraq war anymore. he made his money off that and he lost interest in that. yes, robert greenwald is nothing but a little whore.
so robert greenwald decided to start a little group to get the mini-series shelved. he's proud of his actions ... until they come back to bite him in the ass.
we don't need that crap in this country.
a mini-series should be allowed to air. whether it's the reagans or the kennedys.
i'm so sick of all these sycophants and their devotions to everything but freedom of speech.
was the kennedys historically accurate?
probably not. few mini-series or movies would qualify as such.
some will argue that the problem was that it was airing on 'the history channel' which made it appear more historical. b.s. as this comment at entertainment weekly makes clear:
when an artist - or a fraud like greenwald posing as 1 - starts advocating for censorship, democracy's going right into the toilet.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'