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  • A Faulty Retelling of "The Vietnam War"

    10/31/2017 7:59:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | Sunday, October 29, 2017 | Oliver North
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: By Oliver North October 16, 2017 Richard Nixon kept his promises, Ken Burns did not When Richard Nixon was in the White House, I was in Vietnam and he was my commander in chief. When I was on Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff, I had the opportunity to brief former President Nixon on numerous occasions and came to admire his analysis of current events, insights on world affairs and compassion for our troops. His preparation for any meeting or discussion was exhaustive. His thirst for information was unquenchable and his tolerance for fools was nonexistent. Mr. Nixon’s...
  • Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d’ętre Of Ken Burns’ Film on the War

    10/18/2017 6:25:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 102 replies
    NY Sun ^ | October 11, 2017 1.6K342 | By PHILLIP JENNINGS, Special to the Sun
    The only positive thing I can say about Ken Burns’ documentary on the Vietnam War is this — if it is the best the left has, we may blessedly have heard the last of them. The arguments Mr. Burns presents are weak, biased, and insulting. The documentary is scripted to evoke sorrow and moral indignation over what was presented as American error, ineptness, and lack of moral purpose. The narrative counterposes happy and earnest winners (the communists) with sad and angst-ridden losers (America and the South Vietnamese). It deemed only such perspectives worthy of inclusion. Mr. Burns fails to find...
  • Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target- A Review (Part I)

    10/17/2017 6:52:07 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    Providence Mag ^ | October 17th 2017 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Watching the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS series on the Vietnam War put me in mind of a memorable essay that Jim Webb—Vietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia—penned for the American Enterprise Institute seventeen years ago. In this remarkable piece, he called into question the popular idea of a “Vietnam generation.” Webb noted that those who came of age during that war are more properly regarded not as a generation but as an age group, permanently divided by different reactions to a whole range of counter-cultural...
  • A faulty retelling of ‘The Vietnam War’

    10/17/2017 10:11:23 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | By Oliver North
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: When Richard Nixon was in the White House, I was in Vietnam and he was my commander in chief. When I was on Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff, I had the opportunity to brief former President Nixon on numerous occasions and came to admire his analysis of current events, insights on world affairs and compassion for our troops. His preparation for any meeting or discussion was exhaustive. His thirst for information was unquenchable and his tolerance for fools was nonexistent. Mr. Nixon’s prosecution of the war in Southeast Asia is poorly told by Ken Burns in his new...
  • PBS' The Vietnam War Miseducates America

    10/10/2017 7:48:48 AM PDT · by pabianice · 52 replies
    realcleardefense ^ | 10/10/17 | Sempa
    The recent PBS ten-episode The Vietnam War, produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and written by Geoffrey Ward, is billed as a critical reexamination of the war in Indochina that claimed more than 58,000 American lives and more than two million Vietnamese lives. It is nothing of the sort. Burns, Novick and Ward do not reexamine any of the conventional liberal perspectives on the war. The shibboleths of the Left are all reinforced. The production of this new series was, objectively, a waste of time and money, for PBS had essentially told the same story in 1983’s...
  • The tragedy of the PBS-Ken Burns version of the Vietnam War

    09/29/2017 9:21:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies ^ | 9/29/2017 | Stephen Sherman
    Thank you, Ken Burns, for bringing the issue of Vietnam back to our attention. Thank you for doing this before all of us who served there, and the 70% of us who would have gone back and done it all again, have been silenced by actuarial factor death. Thank you, Ken Burns, for imagining that this country can be healed and divisions overcome. But just one more thing, Mr. Burns: come help us identify the untruths and tear down "this wall" of false history.
  • Best Critique of Burns Vietnam

    09/22/2017 11:10:12 AM PDT · by grayhog · 35 replies
    Vietnam Veterans for Factual History ^ | 9/22/17 | Steve Sherman
    Steve Sherman and VVFFH are reviewing each episode, pointing out the falsehoods, misrepresentations, outright lies and propaganda as they come up. Here is a summary of the first episode: Segment One: (1945-1959) Fails to mention that Ho Chi Minh was a Comintern (Soviet) agent for nearly 20 years, not a nationalist as portrayed in the documentary. If he was a true nationalist, he would have worked with the other anti-French nationalists (VNQDD, Dai Viet, Catholic, Cao Dai, etc.) instead of betraying them to the French Surete to be imprisoned or killed. He also murdered many anti-French nationalists and Vietnamese patriots...
  • A Vietnamese reviews the Burns series on the war

    09/22/2017 10:31:41 AM PDT · by Twotone · 29 replies
    The Royal New Zealand Artillery ^ | September 19, 2017 | Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang
    Preview of new US PBS Vietnam War documentary TV series being screened in the US from this week. Date: Tuesday, 19 September, 2017 . Submitted by Barry Dreyer, for interest and forewarning. The preview is by Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang, a Vietnamese doctor who served with the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces. COMMENTS ON "THE VIETNAM WAR", an 18 EPISODE DOCUMENTARY SERIES Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang ====================================================== I was fortunate to be part of a joint PBS and local library panel to preview the Vietnam War Documentary by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick who had spent ten years to...
  • Missing from Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam’: The patriotism and pride of those who fought

    09/21/2017 9:20:30 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 234 replies
    NY Post ^ | 19 September 2017 | Bing West
    Most of the interviewees talk in the lugubrious tones of the defeated. We all know the story ends badly. But when it’s over, we aren’t told why we lost. The music is more memorable than the pictures, and the pictures are more compelling than the narration. We are deluged by sights and sounds but not enlightened as to cause and effect. The film casts the antiwar movement in a moderately favorable light. Are the protesters the real heroes here? What about the valiant US soldiers, 75 percent of whom were volunteers?
  • Ken Burns' "VIET NAM: Anyone watch?

    09/18/2017 9:49:51 AM PDT · by DIRTYSECRET · 68 replies
    Leftist slant but informative. We had our opportunities with Ho Chi Min but it would have meant quitting on the French. Russian/Chinese expansion as well as the development of nuclear weapons may have handcuffed us. Dividing the country was was made to look like Korea redux-probably true. A complete misunderstanding of what's going on in other cultures. 57k lost lives later we haven't learned our lesson in the mid-east. Ken Burns gave us the 'well intended' bone.
  • Why We Need A Good Dose Of Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ Documentary Right Now

    08/21/2017 4:46:48 PM PDT · by euram · 155 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 21 August 2017 | Gregory S Bucher
    In the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments, Slate has republished a 2011 article by professor James M. Lundberg attacking Ken Burns’ monumental “Civil War” documentary. Although he concludes with an appreciation of Burns’ achievement, he disapprovingly notes the series’ sentimental tone and points to problems such as its “tidy vision of national consensus,” being “deeply misleading and reductive,” and its “careful 15 minute portrait of slavery’s role in the coming of the war” being nearly negated by Shelby Foote’s 15-second anecdote about a “ragged Confederate who obviously didn’t own any slaves” telling his inquiring Union captors that he’s fighting “because...
  • "The Shadow Riders" and Ken Burns' "Civil War"

    08/04/2017 10:41:04 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 30 replies
    8-4-17 | Self
    It's interesting, but last night there was a 1982 western on TV ("The Shadow Riders"-with Sam Elliot and Tom Selleck) and I'm pretty sure it looked like Ken Burns stole his 'Civil War' (1990) 'style' from the 'Shadow Riders' introduction. Can someone check that out and let me know if my take on that isn't too wild?
  • Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again? (Viet Nam)

    07/17/2017 7:08:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 100 replies ^ | 7/17/2017 | Stephen Sherman
    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...
  • Ken Burns: Student of History—or Left-Wing Gasbag?

    12/17/2016 11:22:41 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 68 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 16, 2016 | Arne Steinberg
    Ken Burns claims, “For nearly forty years now, I have diligently practiced a conscious neutrality in my work.” This “neutrality” includes the following: In 2008, the Democratic National Committee chose Burns to produce the introductory video for Senator Edward Kennedy’s Democratic National Convention speech, which, according to Politico, presented Kennedy as “the modern Ulysses bringing his party home to port.” When Burns endorsed Barack Obama for the U.S. presidency in December 2007, he compared Obama to Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, Burns wrote, “Like FDR, Obama has walked us back from the brink. He averted a depression, ended one war and...
  • Ken Burns on Trump Victory: 'Needed Some Time in the Fetal Position'

    12/15/2016 1:22:01 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 118 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 15, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Ken Burns has finally emerged following Donald Trump's election victory. It took over a month for that to happen since as Burns described, he "needed some time in the fetal position." Well now that the shock is starting to wear off, an interesting phenomenon has taken place which was noted by Dilbert cartoon creator, Scott Adams: the rapid evaporation of hallucinations of Trump as Hitler previously held by Burns and others. 
  • Awaiting Epic Ken Burns Anti-Trump Rant (Silent Since Election Day)

    12/04/2016 8:02:22 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 27 replies
    Self | December 4, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Few celebs have been more rabidly anti-Trump than Ken Burns of PBS documentary fame. If you had seen his Stanford commencement speech which was in reality an anti-Trump speech earlier this year, you would know what I mean. The way he sounded is that it would mark the end of the Republic if Trump were elected. Therefore right after the election I kept looking for what I thought would be the inevitable Ken Burns anti-Trump rant. It did not come. It is as if Ken Burns was so shaken up by the election result that he was paralyzed and unable...
  • PBS Star Ken Burns: Trump Playbook from 'National Socialist Party in Germany'

    10/22/2016 4:09:10 PM PDT · by drewh · 83 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 22, 2016 | 1:23 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    Josh Feldman at Mediaite pointed out that star PBS filmmaker Ken Burns is out on cable television ranting the liberal line again. The program was Amanpour on CNN International after the debate on Thursday. Christiane Amanpour, his fellow Obama enthusiast, was interviewing him about his latest PBS documentary on saving Jews from the Nazis, which they both naturally thought offered Republican parallels. First, they freaked out about Trump refusing to concede defeat 20 days before the voting ends and before anyone knows who won: AMANPOUR: What do you make first and foremost of the major Republican candidate refusing to accept...
  • Man plans to hit 48 states in 48 days in anti-Trump trip

    10/03/2016 7:32:50 AM PDT · by tekrat · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/3/2016 | JIM HAND
    Charlie Adler was watching a Ken Burns documentary the other night about an American couple who went to Europe during the 1930s and ‘40s to help save Jews from the Nazis. It got him thinking about presidential candidate Donald Trump and the upcoming election. Not that the liberal Attleboro activist is comparing Trump to Hitler, but he said he is concerned about what could happen to America if Trump is elected.
  • 'Nonpartisan' Ken Burns Goes Trump Bonkers Again

    09/21/2016 7:42:05 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 21, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Ken Burns still can't get over his obsession over Donald Trump. Last June, in his Stanford commencement speech, the documentary filmmaker with the outdated Beatle haircut went all drama queen over the candidacy of Donald Trump. Well, he still can't get Trump out of his mind even if he is unable to speak his name.In an interview with Carl Quintanilla, host of CNBC's BINGE, Burns takes us on a troubled trip deep into the heart of liberal darkness. His obsession is mostly amusing but he still continues to pretend that he is "nonpartisan" which is an easily disprovable lie. The...
  • Ken Burns Politicizes Commencement Speech With Anti-Trump Rant

    06/13/2016 8:02:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 13, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    If Donald Trump wins the presidency this November it appears documentary filmmaker Ken Burns might need to be fitted out for a straitjacket. If you have any doubt of this, then take a look below at the unhinged rant Burns performed during his commencement speech at Stanford University yesterday. Rather than ditching outright partisanship for the day out of respect for the victims of the tragic terrorist attack in Orlando, Burns decided to stick with his prepared speech to declare his crazed obsession about Trump. The self-proclaimed "yellow dog Democrat" just couldn't give politics a rest yesterday of all days....