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Documentarian Ken Burns Backs Barack Obama
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Posted on 12/18/2007 9:24:34 PM PST by mbs6

Edited on 12/18/2007 9:54:08 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

CONCORD, N.H. — Barack Obama picked up an endorsement Tuesday from filmmaker Ken Burns, who said he was disappointed in what he called the negative tone of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign.

Burns, a Walpole, N.H., resident, said the back-and-forth between Obama and Clinton shows the country needs “a leader who calls upon on each and every one of us to heed the better angels of our nature and not — and not — our basest fears.” “


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Anyone still think Burns is apolitical? Anyone think his viewpoints don't color his films?
1 posted on 12/18/2007 9:24:35 PM PST by mbs6
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To: mbs6

Well, no need for elections now, the great Ken Burns has spoken. Smiley can start measuring for the drapes.


2 posted on 12/18/2007 9:28:49 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: mbs6

I wonder when they’re gonna release some interviews of his high school friends into the fray.


3 posted on 12/18/2007 9:32:06 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (chaos is an illusion.)
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To: mbs6

I wonder when they’re gonna release some interviews of his high school friends into the fray.


4 posted on 12/18/2007 9:32:13 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (chaos is an illusion.)
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To: mbs6

Yes, but who will get the great Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore endorsements? Too bad the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Ronald McDonald or the Burger King aren’t running for office...


5 posted on 12/18/2007 9:32:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: mbs6

Follow the money right back to liberal PBS, apolitical my ..a&@.. well we can’t say that here.


6 posted on 12/18/2007 9:34:00 PM PST by A. Morgan (Each terrorist we kill lowers the carbon foot print of the war.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Castro?


7 posted on 12/18/2007 9:34:24 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: mbs6

What makes this nitwit think Obama is a “leader?”

Could he name ONE time Obama has ever demonstrated leadership in any shape or form?

He’s a completely blank slate upon which many are projecting their dreams - without a shred of evidence.


8 posted on 12/18/2007 9:35:08 PM PST by Redbob
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To: Redbob

Chauncy Gardener.


9 posted on 12/18/2007 9:36:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: mbs6

Say that headline 3 times real fast.


10 posted on 12/18/2007 9:37:03 PM PST by DaGman
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To: A. Morgan

Anyone know how much money Burns was paid for his War documentary? However much it was, I’m SHOCKED that PBS didn’t fund a conservative film maker to produce a WWII film!


11 posted on 12/18/2007 9:37:20 PM PST by mbs6
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To: mbs6
Burns works independently and brings his projects to PBS not the other way around. Whatever his politics his films are very informative and artful. It’s just watched Thomas Jefferson the other day and its very moving.
12 posted on 12/18/2007 9:39:31 PM PST by Borges
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in what he called the negative tone of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign

..jeeezzz, where ya been for 15 years?

13 posted on 12/18/2007 9:40:13 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Too bad the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Ronald McDonald or the Burger King aren’t running for office...

I would totally vote for the Burger King.

I don't like Ronald McDonald's liberal agenda.

14 posted on 12/18/2007 9:40:37 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: TruthWillWin

Also, Andrea Mitchell. She doesn’t even think that Chris Matthews is a “liberal thinker”.


15 posted on 12/18/2007 9:41:06 PM PST by mbs6
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To: SIDENET

But you’re OK with the Burger King’s Monarchist tendencies and the Hamburglar in a Kleptocratic Cabinet???


16 posted on 12/18/2007 9:42:12 PM PST by Borges
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To: mbs6

Well’ it’s all over now.


17 posted on 12/18/2007 9:42:54 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: mbs6

they most certainly color his work same Speilbergs or DePalmas do theirs

God bless the Cohen bros


18 posted on 12/18/2007 9:44:26 PM PST by wardaddy (I have come to the conclusion that even though imperfect....Thompson is my choice.)
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To: Borges

I suppose, but I don’t think his films are meant to merely paint pictures of truth. I don’t mean that his films are of no worth, but they do have an agenda and a viewpoint.


19 posted on 12/18/2007 9:44:54 PM PST by mbs6
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To: mbs6

I’m not surprised that white liberals living in affluent white rural New Hampshire towns support the liberal black candidate. I remember the same thing happening among libs I knew when Jesse Jackson ran for Prez in 1988.

New Hampshire demographics, 2005 (NH is first value, USA is second value):

White persons 96.1% 80.2%
Black persons 1.0% 12.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 1.0%
Asian persons, percent, 2005 (a) 1.7% 4.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0% 0.2%
Persons reporting two or more races 1.0% 1.5%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin) 2.2% 14.4%
White persons not Hispanic 94.1% 66.9%


20 posted on 12/18/2007 9:45:32 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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But you’re OK with the Burger King’s Monarchist tendencies

That's just pure Burger King Derangement Syndrome (BKDS).

21 posted on 12/18/2007 9:45:35 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: wardaddy

Objective Art is an oxymoron. The Coen Bros’ chic nihilism is all over their films.


22 posted on 12/18/2007 9:46:15 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

that’s just dry

i don’t find any of their works to be hammy political ever


23 posted on 12/18/2007 9:48:37 PM PST by wardaddy (I have come to the conclusion that even though imperfect....Thompson is my choice.)
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To: mbs6

Of course they have a viewpoint. So did Gibbon, the Durants and Toynbee.


24 posted on 12/18/2007 9:53:07 PM PST by Borges
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To: mbs6
Ken Burns Backs Obama

If I was on Obama's campaign staff, I'd be telling Obama:
DON'T let Ken Burns make a promotional commercial or documentary
about you!!!

Burns put the country to sleep with overall downbeat atmospherics
of "Baseball", "Jazz" and "The War".
25 posted on 12/18/2007 9:54:11 PM PST by VOA
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To: mbs6

Only because Lenin wasn’t running, I think.


26 posted on 12/18/2007 9:54:20 PM PST 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: mbs6

“Anyone still think Burns is apolitical? Anyone think his viewpoints
don’t color his films?”

He made “The War” the sort of film that will have millions of high
school students either nodding off after about 10-15 minutes...
or imploring the history teacher “PLEASE! Can we just go back to
your rote lecture format?”


27 posted on 12/18/2007 9:56:16 PM PST by VOA
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To: VOA

The Civil War is virtually unavoidable in high school history classes.


28 posted on 12/18/2007 9:57:49 PM PST by Borges
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To: mbs6

Well, I feel better knowing which candidate Burns is supporting. This news is hugh!


29 posted on 12/18/2007 9:59:32 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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30 posted on 12/18/2007 10:05:49 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Borges

I like the War and the Civil War, especially the part where Sherman tore through the South.. BUT I also knew he was lefty as well.

Just be thankful he didn’t make “The Vietnam War”.


31 posted on 12/18/2007 10:10:19 PM PST by max americana
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To: max americana

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take that on at some point.


32 posted on 12/18/2007 10:11:36 PM PST by Borges
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To: max americana

I liked “The Civil War” except for the woman who kept discussing the war as righteous intervention against slavery. It was an economic war, although there were some groups against slavery.


33 posted on 12/18/2007 10:16:29 PM PST by whitedog57
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To: whitedog57

Oh yes, I actually forgot about that. I also miss Shelby Foote’s explanations on the Civil War.


34 posted on 12/18/2007 10:28:46 PM PST by max americana
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To: mbs6

Can Burns tie his shoes? Gotta give him credit - with these pathetics running in this corrupt “Two-Party Cartel” except for Tancredo & Hunter, Paul, the rest are compromised.


35 posted on 12/18/2007 10:41:11 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: mbs6

That’s it? No 15 hour documentary explaining how and why?

I expected a little bit more from Ken Burns.


36 posted on 12/18/2007 10:50:36 PM PST by Duke Nukum (He burns at the center of time and he sees the turn of the Universe.)
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To: mbs6

No one is completely apolitical, and your viewpoints are bound to seep into anything you do, but my impression is that at least Burns lets opposing viewpoints make their case, and you can’t say fairer than that.

The “Civil War” was very good (even though the Union side gets more air time).


37 posted on 12/19/2007 12:48:51 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Borges

Kleptocratic...LOL. I like that. Very funny!


38 posted on 12/19/2007 2:03:26 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: mbs6

what a surprise. I haven’t watched anything of his since Mario Cuomo was somehow the most appropriate person to tell us about baseball. And his favorite moment of the Civil War series was the historian who questioned whether we can truly say the Civil War is over when there are Americans who live in houses and there are Americans who are homeless and to see her struggle with that issue.


39 posted on 12/19/2007 3:10:44 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: mbs6

I’m looking forward to the campaign documentary, “The Old Negro Presidential Campaign”.


40 posted on 12/19/2007 3:13:13 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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Documentarian Ken Burns Backs Barack Obama...

this so-called apolitical gets public funding....now wonder his shlockamentaries are colored.......

and ya know what I’m talkin ‘bout!!!!


41 posted on 12/19/2007 3:17:26 AM PST by nyyankeefan
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To: peggybac

I’m surprised he isn’t supporting Edwards, they make a great couple


42 posted on 12/19/2007 3:38:28 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/ 08)
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To: mbs6

Shock, burns is a slimy socialist “historian” film maker..


43 posted on 12/19/2007 3:40:13 AM PST by Porterville (Don't bug me about my grammar, you are not that great.)
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To: nyyankeefan

Who makes better docs about Americana?


44 posted on 12/19/2007 7:43:36 AM PST by Borges
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To: Redbob
"blank slate"

Obama's followers are attracted to his persona. I've never heard Obama make any relevant/realistic assessment of what needs to be done concerning defense, the economy, or any other important issue. What are Obama's brass tacks policy statements? Who knows? All we hear is about his optimism for the future and change. Boy, we sure need that (smirk). Hey, who needs any relevant down-to-earth appraisal of anything? (double smirk) You are absolutely correct. Obama is just a "charismatic" smiling face with nothing to back it up.

45 posted on 12/19/2007 11:16:18 AM PST by driftless2
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To: mbs6

Burns is a lefty, no doubt that also makes it way into his “documentaries”.


46 posted on 12/19/2007 11:17:35 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Yeah, they’ll vote for them . . . as long as they don’t have to live around them.

I know plenty of liberals like that. And they don’t have to live in NH.


47 posted on 12/19/2007 11:22:13 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: mbs6
He is a Marxists. Marxists back one Marxist or the other. Dudden matter which one. They are one and the same. Interchangeable. Kill one, the other easily replaces the other because the though process, the act of doing something, everything, is EXACTLY the same as the one which died.
48 posted on 12/19/2007 11:24:06 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Better prepare, come Nov 08, we have a Marxist Commissar President and Marxist Congress.)
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She doesn’t even think that Chris Matthews is a “liberal thinker”.

He's not. In order to be a liberal thinker, you have to be a thinker.

49 posted on 12/19/2007 11:34:07 AM PST by NonZeroSum
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Oh, big shock. Not.

I despise this guy. Overrated in so many ways. Anyone who thinks he’s NOT “political” in his boring documentaries is blind and deaf.


50 posted on 12/19/2007 11:35:35 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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