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PBS Continues to Promote False History Trashing Einstein
NewsBusters.org ^ | 8/18/07 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 08/19/2007 7:52:03 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

Is PBS still making money off a discredited documentary that they know is filled with untruths, misquotes, and lies? It would seem so.

In 2003 PBS aired a show titled "Einstein's Wife" that attempted to prove that Albert Einstein's world changing theories of physics were a result of a hidden collaboration with his first wife, Mileva Maric. This documentary claimed that Maric’s work on the theory of relativity was lied about and hidden away all these years by Einstein, his biographies and history. Imagine the implications if the work of what must be the smartest woman on earth was hidden by those evil, greedy men who don't want to share credit with a woman. It's a feminist's dream story promulgated by PBS.

Unfortunately it isn't true. Not only is it not true, but also so many historians have since complained to PBS that they surely know the real truth by now, even if their original airing was a result of their honestly just not knowing the truth then. Yet, this faux documentary still has a PBS sponsored webpage and was recently aired by Australian broadcasters. PBS is also still selling DVDs and attempting to make money off a film hat has been discredited by dozens of historians and even attacked by the scientists in the film who were misquoted and misrepresented by the film's producers.

The PBS hosted website describes the documentary as presenting the “probabilities” that Einstein’s first wife had a lot to do with creating Einstein’s great and far reaching works but that she was “erased” from history.

Who was Mileva Maric? Why was she erased from Einstein's life story? What significance does she have? At the crux of these questions are Einstein's revolutionary work of 1905 and the possibility that Maric was his scientific collaborator. Einstein's autobiographies never mentioned his first wife. The world only learned of her existence through the first release of Einstein's private letters in 1987. This project invites you to explore the known facts of Mileva Maric's life and consider the probabilities.
According to their website, "PBS programs and education services enrich the lives of all Americans" and of course it does so "with your support." Most of us know that the "support" PBS is so thrilled about is our taxes at work and few conservatives are too pleased to offer such compulsory "support." The main reason, of course, is that PBS so very often leans to the far left in viewpoint and editorial direction and doesn't reflect the viewpoint of millions of Americans who are forced to pay for ideas that they are wholly against. Yet, PBS imagines itself an "educational" service and many of its most ardent adherents claim that it is above petty partisan politics and is only interested in broadcasting shows that speak to truth, history and facts.

But “facts” seem to be relative for the theory of relativity as far as PBS is concerned as so many distortions, half truths and outright lies are proffered as documented realities in this film that it has recently been pulled from airing again in Australia and has even been scoffed at just last December by PBS’ own ombudsman, Michael Getler.

In August of his year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation agreed that the documentary “Einstein’s Wife” was factually incorrect and has determined that they will cease their association with the project.

Simon Melkman, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Audience & Consumer Affairs has announced that, "Due to the breaches of the ABC's Code of Practice which you have identified, the ABC will not broadcast ‘Einstein's Wife' again. In addition, the ATOM ‘Einstein's Wife’ study guide has been removed from the ABC website."

Yet, PBS still has a webpage selling this DVD to the public, despite that it has been roundly criticized now in two countries, by the scientific and historical community and even those interviewed in the movie itself.

Allen Esterson, a Freud critic and writer, has been instrumental in revealing the truth about this feminist inspired and fraudulent re-write of history and has penned many exposes on the film. (For an archive of Mr. Esterson’s work: http://www.esterson.org/)

Several of the scientists and historians that were featured in the film contacted Esterson to say that they were misquoted and the ultimate purpose of the production was misrepresented to them before they agreed to the filmed interviews.

Esterson has engaged in a dogged battle with PBS to remove the film from their webpage, to distance itself from it and to cease all possible future airings of the faux documentary. So far, however, our tax funded TV broadcaster has rebuffed his efforts. Worse, they are trying to justify the film by massaging the facts to fit their desire to continue making money from it.

Esterson recently wrote about his disappointment over PBS’ reactions. “One might have thought that these views from knowledgeable Einstein specialists would have been a sufficiently damning ‘scholarly review’ to persuade PBS to ditch the whole project and admit that they had made a mistake in promoting the film. Not a bit of it. They have now commissioned a writer to maintain the project who is almost totally lacking in the scholarly credentials essential for the purpose for which she has been engaged.”

The “writer” to which Esterson refers to above is one Andrea Gabor who was associated with the film and who wrote a shabbily researched book on Einstein’s fist wife. Gabor has a stake in proving that the film was right all along as her own book served as some of the supporting research for the film.

So much for PBS’ willingness to honestly review the film!

The facts that the film uses to “prove” Maric’s contribution to Einstein’s work are tendentious, and misleading and dozens of errors constantly appear. For instance, one piece of fiction presented as fact and pointed to as proof that Maric had a hand in the theories is a long discredited story that Einstein’s original papers were seen signed with the name Einstein-Marity atop them (Marity being the Hungarianized version of Maric’s name). This, the film claims, proves that Maric was part of a team with Einstein when the theories were first written. This claim has long been known not to be true, however. Many such errors, lies and distortions are contained in this work.

Still, PBS is trying to salvage this film and continue to make money from it. As Esterson says:

“The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which co-produced the film, has demonstrated that it wishes to maintain respect for accuracy in the documentaries that it promotes and intellectual honesty in their production by withdrawing it from its schedules. For PBS to continue with its current plan can only bring it into disrepute. The PBS executives responsible for the decision to continue to promote "Einstein's Wife" should think again.”
If PBS claims to cherish the truth and history, they should immediately remove this film from their website, stop selling copies of it to unsuspecting viewers and denounce the project.

Does PBS care about the truth? So far, it seems more interested in the cash.

See more at Newsbusters.org.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alberteinstein; biography; defundpbs; einstein; einsteinswife; mediabias; pbs; physics
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Here they go again! Can't we cancel the Federal funds for these extremists?
1 posted on 08/19/2007 7:52:06 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

...not until we get a conservative president.


2 posted on 08/19/2007 7:53:44 AM PDT by Old_Mil (Rudy = Hillary, Fred = Dole, Romney = Kerry, McCain = Crazy. No Thanks.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

somebody show the “hidden collaboration” between that other “einstein” — Bill Clinton — and his wife.


3 posted on 08/19/2007 8:01:38 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This is just another example of how the truth and factuality mean nothing to the left.


4 posted on 08/19/2007 8:01:54 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Without make believe victims there would be no Democrat Party.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Pull the tax dollars and MAKE them rename the network to MBS — “Marxist Broadcast System”.


5 posted on 08/19/2007 8:05:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I am currently working on a report showing how PBS promoted false history on Iraq.

Their agenda needs to be exposed


6 posted on 08/19/2007 8:08:36 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: Mobile Vulgus

That picture of Einstein’s supposed wife looks like a young Ritchie Blackmore.


7 posted on 08/19/2007 8:09:46 AM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: Jacquerie

If they hadn’t found this woman, they would have picked a gay lab assistant... or Einstein’s black neighbor who lived down the street.


8 posted on 08/19/2007 8:09:55 AM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: wastedyears

Many musicians are also gifted in mathematics.


9 posted on 08/19/2007 8:13:52 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Imagine the implications if the work of what must be the smartest woman on earth was hidden by those evil, greedy men who don't want to share credit with a woman

Does Hillary's campaign have anything to do with this?

10 posted on 08/19/2007 8:14:47 AM PDT by mikrofon ("I'm your gal!")
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To: SteveMcKing

“If they hadn’t found this woman, they would have picked a gay lab assistant... or Einstein’s black neighbor who lived down the street.”

Sad but true.


11 posted on 08/19/2007 8:17:14 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: RightWhale

“Many musicians are also gifted in mathematics.”

Tom Sholz of Boston comes to mind.


12 posted on 08/19/2007 8:19:18 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: L98Fiero

One of Queen, guitar, I think, just got his PhD in physics.


13 posted on 08/19/2007 8:21:10 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

A Little PBS History lesson

14 posted on 08/19/2007 8:21:11 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: SteveMcKing

New PBS specials coming soon:

“Beethoven’s Belles; The women who actually wrote the music”
“Martha Washington’s war strategies”
“How Mary Todd Lincoln convinced her husband that slavery is wrong”


15 posted on 08/19/2007 8:22:13 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: L98Fiero
Didn’t the bass player for Iron Butterfly meet a suspicious end because of a science or physics project he was working on?
16 posted on 08/19/2007 8:23:46 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (All comments now being monitored by BOR. He's looking out for you!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

“Imagine the implications if the work of what must be the smartest woman on earth was hidden... “

Jumping from Einstein to Hillary and the Rose Law Firm billing records, and her white house records... What a weird article. I’m lost!

:)


17 posted on 08/19/2007 8:24:18 AM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

They’re always asking for donations. This is exactly why I wouldn’t ever think of it. I should call them up and tell them why.


18 posted on 08/19/2007 8:24:51 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Sounds sort of like Free Republic where Creos present all kinds of slander and half truths about Darwin.


19 posted on 08/19/2007 8:27:57 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: 4yearlurker

From wikipedia

Philip Taylor Kramer (July 12, 1952 - February 12, 1995) was a bass guitar player for the rock group Iron Butterfly during the 1970s. After this he obtained a night school degree in aerospace engineering, worked on missile guidance systems for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer industry. His disappearance on February 12, 1995 caused a mystery lasting four years.


They found his bones in a van in a canyon later. Most likely suicide.


20 posted on 08/19/2007 8:29:03 AM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: april15Bendovr

ping me on it when you get it done. i’d love to see it.


21 posted on 08/19/2007 8:29:39 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: GovernmentIsTheProblem

Wow. I had no idea.


22 posted on 08/19/2007 8:30:54 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Thanks to public funding of Pee B.S., we suffer this tripe and Bill Moyers.


23 posted on 08/19/2007 8:32:22 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
“New PBS specials coming soon:”

How The Rosenbergs saved America.

How political correctness and cultural sensitivity rather than teaching math, science and English in our public schools has made our children smarter.

Why Hitler, Stalin, Khmer Rouge and Saddam all had better socialist systems than America.

24 posted on 08/19/2007 8:32:32 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: RightWhale

Astronomy.


25 posted on 08/19/2007 8:33:11 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Kinda like the revisionists who claim Shakespeare was gay and/or stole his work from someone else. To liberals, true greatness cannot be tolerated. All must be hammered down to the least common denominator—except them of course.


26 posted on 08/19/2007 8:34:56 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Absolutely and thank you for your interest

I am getting some help from a few FRiends. It should be completed tomorrow.

27 posted on 08/19/2007 8:36:04 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr
Very funny, but unfortunately not that far fetched for them.
28 posted on 08/19/2007 8:37:00 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Ideologt trumps facts, where PBS is concerned. But they have their model in BBC. Thank God they don’t have BBC’s tax base.


29 posted on 08/19/2007 8:38:59 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: bert
Darwin, isn’t he the guy that had a theory?
30 posted on 08/19/2007 8:39:49 AM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: RightWhale

I didn’t read the article. Is there more than meets the eye?


31 posted on 08/19/2007 8:39:52 AM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: wastedyears

There is more, but not in the article. When Einstein won the Nobel Prize he sent it all to his former wife. About $30,000, which was a year’s pay at Princeton.


32 posted on 08/19/2007 8:41:35 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

The last statement has some merit. But the anti-slavery sentiments of these two Kentucky-born persons was one reason for their marriage.


33 posted on 08/19/2007 8:41:52 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Typical. I’d heard this story many years ago but didn’t realize that PBS had been running a documentary on it. This confirms yet again that the left is a horrid creature so bereft of its own achievement that it must dig up and rewrite history to propagate a mythology to inflate their own egos. I suppose we can be pleased in that they did not attempt to make Einstein gay as they have with so many other historical figures.

I might suggest they write an article or two about Mohammad’s wife. Now that is an interesting story of a woman lifting up a man.


34 posted on 08/19/2007 8:42:02 AM PDT by Maelstorm (When ideas are considered equal regardless of content, then arriving at truth becomes an accident.)
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To: All

Before You Pledge to PBS...
by L. Brent Bozell III
December 5, 1996

http://www.mediaresearch.org/BozellColumns/newscolumn/1996/col19961205.asp


35 posted on 08/19/2007 8:43:24 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I assume you’re referring to Pravda Brodcasting Socialists
which utilizes public tax dollars to aid their effort in destroying our country?????


36 posted on 08/19/2007 8:48:48 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("You couldn't tame me, but you taught me.................")
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To: RobbyS
You probably know more about this than I do, but I thought Mary Todd Lincoln’s family were slave owners and that she was rumored by some to be a confederate sympathizer? I highly doubt that she was, and it’s certainly not her fault what her parents or other relatives did, but I also highly doubt that she guided Abe to his views.
37 posted on 08/19/2007 8:48:54 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Mobile Vulgus

**If it hadn’t been for racism and sexism, black women from Central Africa would have landed on the moon in 1794.

**Xian “Butch” Chang: The gay man who built the Great Wall of China.

**Mohammed Saed Butros: The true designer of the Eiffel Tower.

**Erased from history: Louis Pasteur’s lesbian housekeeper and her scientific contributions.

**Did the Vikings steal Iceland from Latinos?

**Did Alexander the Great get credit for military victories engineered by his concubine?


Just giving PBS some ideas for future documentary productions.


38 posted on 08/19/2007 8:52:32 AM PDT by puroresu
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To: GovernmentIsTheProblem

Was a guy from the “Doobie Bros.” a big defense dude also?


39 posted on 08/19/2007 9:23:33 AM PDT by jaz.357 (...diagonally parked in a parallel universe.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

But of course Frank Gaffney’s documentary on anti-jihadist Muslims was insufficiently fact-checked for PBS. And of course the PBS Ken Burns documentary on WWII had to be vetted by every minority group and was found to be insufficiently inclusive of Latinos, and had to be revised.

But the Einstein documentary? That they fight tooth and nail.


40 posted on 08/19/2007 9:27:03 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Is this part of thier fairness doctrine, I want my tax dollars pulled from this propagandist station.


41 posted on 08/19/2007 9:29:24 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (I'd rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
This has nothing to do with the ‘wife’ controversy, but have you all wondered why Einstein didn’t get a Nobel Prize for his work on relativity?

Perhaps his contributions were not as impressive as the Einstein pushers would have us believe?

42 posted on 08/19/2007 9:34:23 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Mobile Vulgus

churchill stated...history is written by the victors....

pbs has stated...history is written by the lib/dem pbs writers.....

orwell stated....who controls the past controls the future. who controls the present controls the past....

pbs has stated....who controls the airwaves...controls the present!!!!!


43 posted on 08/19/2007 9:57:13 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: Mobile Vulgus

This is why I NEVER watch PBS or listen to NPR. They are nothing but a couple of tired, old, Soviet-style propaganda machines out to destroy our history, our traditions and our culture. Just a bunch of white, old hippies who hate themselves for not being born “a person of color.”


44 posted on 08/19/2007 9:58:23 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (When you start seeing FR as a "hate site," it's time for you to go to rehab.)
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To: Born to Conserve
have you all wondered why Einstein didn’t get a Nobel Prize for his work on relativity?

No. We know why and it isn't at all as you imply.

45 posted on 08/19/2007 9:58:47 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Jacquerie

“This is just another example of how the truth and factuality mean nothing to the left.’

You mean as opposed to the anti-science creationist right?


46 posted on 08/19/2007 10:01:27 AM PDT by gcruse (Let's strike Iran while it's hot.)
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To: RightWhale

“When Einstein won the Nobel Prize he sent it all to his former wife.’

Well, yes... as part of their divorce settlement.


47 posted on 08/19/2007 10:09:24 AM PDT by gcruse (Let's strike Iran while it's hot.)
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The movie might have errors, but the premise could still be correct. Einstein’s first wife was a physicist and she was given all the money from his Nobel prize.


48 posted on 08/19/2007 10:19:11 AM PDT by webboy45
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To: RightWhale

“have you all wondered why Einstein didn’t get a Nobel Prize for his work on relativity?”

“No. We know why and it isn’t at all as you imply.”

Well, share!


49 posted on 08/19/2007 10:24:19 AM PDT by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Feminist revisionist drivel. This is the Michael Moore-on standard of ‘documentary’ —fabricated, distorted, and imagined...... pour into the ‘documentary’ whatever nonsense serves the current political agenda.


50 posted on 08/19/2007 10:28:30 AM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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