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  • ‘The Roosevelts’: Once you finish all 14 hours, you’re sorry to see them go

    09/13/2014 8:10:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-12-14 | Hank Stuever
    Let’s start with the end. When it’s over — when you make it through the marathon that is Ken Burns’s beautiful, seven-part documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which begins Sunday night on PBS — you may find yourself with a lingering, nebulous grief. You’re sorry it’s over. You’re sorry they’re over. You’re sorry a certain expression of American ideals is, or often appears to be, completely over. My study habits haven’t improved since college; like an idiot, I put off watching all 14 hours of “The Roosevelts” until I absolutely had to watch them on a deadline binge this...
  • Self Proclaimed Yellow Dog Democrat Ken Burns Denies Political Bias in His Documentaries

    09/13/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 68 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 13, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Tomorrow evening begins the first of Ken Burns' 14 hour documentary on PBS, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The good news about this documentary is that we can be sure it will be free of any political advocacy since Burns has no bias and..... Huh? Am I kidding? Of course I am. The fact is despite Burns' laughable denials, he is a bitterly partisan Democrat to the extent that he gave a speech  in 1998 in which he declared himself to be a "Yellow Dog Democrat." The speech was also chock full of scathing attacks upon Republicans which makes his...
  • Ken Burns's TV documentary on the Roosevelts has the epic scale of Tolstoy

    09/07/2014 7:43:57 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/6/2014 | Geoff Dyer
    The film-maker's 14-hour marathon has a psychological subtlety and depth unprecedented on television. ... It's Ken Burns's documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a masterpiece even by his standards. The Civil War (1990) was hailed as the best series of its kind since The World at War. In a way, it was even more impressive since the absence of moving images meant that Burns had to rely entirely on photographs – an inventive necessity that has become one of his trademarks.
  • Lies Surrounding 'the Central Park Jogger' Case

    08/10/2014 8:58:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    Twenty-five years ago, Trisha Meili—“the Central Park jogger”—was a 28 year-old employee for a prestigious Manhattan investment banker when she was mercilessly beaten, raped, and left for dead by thugs. Meili lost approximately 80 percent of her blood. Her skull was fractured to the point that her one eye had popped out of its socket. On the scale of 3 to 15 that neurologists use to gauge brain functioning, Meili’s was assigned a rating of 4. She spent nearly the next two weeks in a coma, with experts expecting her to die. This crime became a racially explosive issue,...
  • Obama Leaves 'Under God' Out of His Gettysburg Address Reading for PBS Star

    11/19/2013 10:16:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    Chris Plante at WMAL Radio in Washington reported on his show Tuesday that President Obama joined a cast of 61 "noted lawmakers, politicians, news anchors and celebrities, including every living President, in reciting the Gettysburg Address" for PBS star Ken Burns, who made "The Civil War" documentary series. Everyone else delivered the address as Lincoln had written it, including the phrase, "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom." But in his version of the address, President Obama omitted the words "under God."
  • College: The Fall of the Humanities

    07/08/2013 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/08/2013 | Bernie Reeves
    Duke University president Richard Brodhead, who abandoned his own students and took the word of a prostitute before knowing the facts in the infamous Duke Lacrosse case, has served as co- chairman of an allegedly bipartisan group convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to investigate the value of the humanities in the college curriculum. Members of the quango included filmmakers Ken Burns and George Lucas, musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Emmylou Harris, actor John Lithgow and retired Supreme Court justice David Souter -- an odd assortment to be called on to interpret academic trends. Said Brodhead in a...
  • KEN BURNS BLASTS TEA PARTY FOR RAMPANT USE OF 'N-WORD'

    12/05/2012 4:44:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 123 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 4, 2012 | christian toto
    Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns called both the current secessionist movement and elements of the Tea Party racist during an interview late last month on NBC's "Meet the Press." The award-winning filmmaker doubled down on those accusations during an interview with Breitbart News. Burns is currently promoting "The Central Park Five," a documentary detailing how five innocent teens were convicted of a horrific rape which shocked the Big Apple back in 1989. The filmmaker, who works primarily on projects for PBS, says there wouldn't be a birther movement with a President Joe Biden in the White House. Burns then turned his...
  • Sore Winners

    11/27/2012 4:48:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Post-election season is a time for healing, for putting aside the rancor of a long campaign and rediscovering what unites us. It has not been that way this year. Prudence, one would think, if not generosity of spirit, should impel Democrats to be magnanimous in victory. Romney did receive about 48 percent of the vote. A little modesty among the winners would seem to be in order. Instead, the gloating has been extravagant. Worse, liberals have gorged themselves on the same junk food they enjoyed during the campaign and cannot seem to resist under any circumstances -- slandering their opponents....
  • Deroy Murdock: Ken Burns: Wrong on Obama

    10/26/2012 12:47:18 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | October 26, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    Historical filmmaker Ken Burns recently penned a column for New Hampshire’s Union Leader titled, “Why I am voting for Barack Obama.” Burns rehearses several of the most common arguments for Obama’s re-election, and in doing so, he unwittingly exposes the flimsiness of the rationale for subjecting America to four more years of Obamaism...
  • Ken Burns: Why I am voting for Barack Obama

    10/20/2012 4:29:19 AM PDT · by billorites · 160 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | October 18, 2012 | Ken Burns
    One of my favorite movies of all time is Frank Capra's “It's A Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. In the film, Stewart's character, a despondent and near suicidal George Bailey, who runs a small savings and loan in the town of Bedford Falls, is given a gift: the chance to see what his town would be like if he'd never been born — if he'd never extended a helping hand to his neighbors when they needed it most, never helped his community understand how much they depended upon one another. In this alternative vision, the town's plutocratic banker, Mr. Potter...
  • Burns Uses 'Prohibition' To Bash Conservatives, Ignores Prohibitionist On Set--Mika

    09/29/2011 7:13:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Ken Burns ever decides to stop making documentaries, he could always go into comedy . . . On today's Morning Joe, Burns claimed he was non-political, despite repeatedly attempting to draw parallels between Prohibition, the subject of his current film, and themes in current conservatism, particularly immigration. At the same time, Burns ignored the modern-day prohibitionist sitting right across the table from him--Mika Brzezinski--the neo-Carrie Nation who would ban everything from cigarettes to soft drinks, transfats to fast food. View the video here.
  • Ken Burns, PBS and credibility (Barnicle, Goodwin)

    10/13/2010 8:15:03 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/12/10 | Mark Leccese
    Two weeks ago, a handful of bloggers wrote scathingly about Ken Burns’ use of former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin — two prominent writers who have faced credible plagiarism and fabrication charges that you can read about here, here and here — as prominent interview subjects in Burns’ most recent documentary about baseball, “The Tenth Inning.” Tom Scocca, a blogger for Slate, headlined his September 30 post “Mike Barnicle, Fraud and Plagiarist, Helps Guide America Through Baseball’s Era of Shame.” Scocca, to put it mildly, writes in anger.Speaking of baseball and its scandals, the other...
  • Filmmaker Ken Burns Compares the Tea Party to Prohibitionists

    09/29/2010 2:45:19 PM PDT · by Superstu321 · 37 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | September 29, 2010 | Stupac
    What do the Tea Party and the Prohibition advocates of the 1920s have in common? To most people not much, if anything at all. However, according to Ken Burns they’re very similar. In an interview yesterday with podcast host Adam Carolla, Burns had this to say about the upstart political party: Carolla: Prohibition as it pertains to – I guess you know a lot of people draw the comparison to drugs… Burns: you know what it’s such a stupid parallel to draw and the reason is, yea, you could talk about that stuff, but drugs have always been parts of...
  • The Tenth Inning by Ken Burns

    09/29/2010 8:58:22 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 12 replies
    From SeaTto Shining Sea ^ | 9/29/10 | Purple Mountains
    Last night I DVR'd PBS's "The Tenth Inning (Part 1)" by Ken Burns. This morning I sat down to watch it. When one of the country's most despicable people, Keith Olbermann, came on at the beginning, I almost shut it off and didn't watch it, but it turned out he only had a tiny role. I'm glad I stayed with it. If you are a baseball fan, this special is for you. Part 2 will be aired tonight. If you missed Part 1, watch for reruns.
  • Ken Burns National Parks Special is all leftist propaganda.

    09/27/2009 6:57:22 PM PDT · by AUH2O Repub · 58 replies · 2,597+ views
    I just got done watching the Ken Burns National Parks special. This is a show by, for and about tree huggers. They must have said five or six times how much better the parks are in Government hands than being run by private enterprise. They made everyone that tried to keep the parks in private hands to be nothing but evil. This even extended to keeping the parks away from the states and in the hands of the feds. Nothing but socialist drivel.
  • Is Ken Burns a Secret Propagandist for Socialism?

    09/24/2009 6:44:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies · 1,504+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2009 | Patrick Goldstein
    SNIP In other words, the entire origin of the national park system, whose most passionate backer was a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, is based on a firm belief in -- Glenn Beck, cover your ears, please -- government intervention to regulate an out-of-control free-enterprise system. In fact, one of the more dramatic moments in Burns' documentary involves the battle to create a park in the Great Smoky Mountains, while logging companies bankrolled anti-park ads and were "frantically cutting the old-growth forests to extract everything they could before the land was closed to them." In some ways, Burns' new series sounds like...
  • Ken Burns on McCain: Make Nice and Allow Obama to Defeat You

    10/05/2008 5:15:50 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 17 replies · 670+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-05-2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Fresh on the heels of slamming Sarah Palin, film documentarian Ken Burns is now upset at John McCain. Why? Because McCain is being too aggressive in waging his campaign and not politely allowing Obama to ride over him to victory in November. Burns begins his New Hampshire Union Leader Op-Ed piece moaning that this is not the John McCain he used to know, the one who would happily allow Obama to defeat him: WHAT HAPPENED to John McCain? What happened to the man so many of us in New Hampshire have admired and respected for so long? The fierce bipartisan...
  • Ken Burns on McCain: Make Nice and Allow Obama to Defeat You

    10/05/2008 5:11:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies · 435+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 5, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Fresh on the heels of slamming Sarah Palin, film documentarian Ken Burns is now upset at John McCain. Why? Because McCain is being too aggressive in waging his campaign and not politely allowing Obama to ride over him to victory in November. Burns begins his New Hampshire Union Leader Op-Ed piece moaning that this is not the John McCain he used to know, the one who would happily allow Obama to defeat him: WHAT HAPPENED to John McCain? What happened to the man so many of us in New Hampshire have admired and respected for so long? The fierce bipartisan...
  • PBS Star Ken Burns Bashes Palin: 'Supremely Unqualified...American Idol' Pick

    09/23/2008 12:32:52 PM PDT · by pissant · 91 replies · 330+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/23/08 | Tim Graham
    From Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter comes news that PBS filmmaker Ken Burns used a New York panel discussion preceding the news and documentary Emmy Awards as a forum to denounce the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, as proof the selection process devolved "into a high school popularity contest and an American Idol competition" and insisted "in the whole history of the republic there has been no one with as thin a credential" as Palin. The reporter on this story, Paul J. Gough, treated Burns as an eminence and not as a partisan liberal who endorsed Obama in December 2007....
  • Documentarian Ken Burns Backs Barack Obama

    12/18/2007 9:24:34 PM PST · by mbs6 · 51 replies · 249+ views
    <p>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.</p> <p>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.” “</p>
  • Ken Burns Affirms Truman’s Judgment and Humanity

    10/13/2007 2:20:12 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 10 replies · 133+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 10/13/07 | Purple Mountains
    Former President Harry Truman has received much opprobrium from left-wing circles in the U.S. and elsewhere for his decision to substitute two atomic bombs in place of a D-Day type invasion of Japan in 1945. It was interesting to me to observe during Ken Burn’s current documentary, “War”, that Burns reported that credible estimates of the human cost of such an invasion were in the neighborhood of 500,000 dead Americans and 6,000,000 dead Japanese.
  • "The War" PBS Production

    10/05/2007 4:54:09 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 30 replies · 1,264+ views
    myself | 10-5-07 | SMARTY
    I am just asking if anyone at this site has watched the Ken Burns/PBS program recently aired, "The War". I have been surprised that no one here has commented about the production.
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 7 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM and 9:30PM Central 10-2-07

    10/02/2007 4:55:18 PM PDT · by VOA · 56 replies · 545+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    This is just a television heads-up for the last episode of the first airing of PBS/Ken Burns production "The War". (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving people to...
  • For class of S.F. high school juniors, WWII details are elusive

    If high school juniors' answers to a World War II questionnaire were strung together, here's how history would look: World War II took place in 19-something, when Theodore Roosevelt was president and the Germans claimed to be the best race. Hoping to aid Third World countries, the United States joined the war to stop racism and end the dispute over Jews. The head of the Nazis was a killer named Hitler whose evil partner, Mussolini, was president of the USSR. Ultimately, the war ended with the bombing of Iwo Jima and Hitler's suicide. Then a treaty was signed. Not every...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 6 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 10-1-07

    10/01/2007 5:03:53 PM PDT · by VOA · 2 replies · 119+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    Please see following posts for URL links to the discussion threads for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the series. (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 6 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 10-1-07

    10/01/2007 5:03:34 PM PDT · by VOA · 34 replies · 150+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    Please see following posts for URL links to the discussion threads for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the series. (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 5 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 9-30-07

    09/30/2007 5:10:22 PM PDT · by VOA · 63 replies · 180+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    Please see following posts for URL links to the discussion threads for Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the series. (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving people...
  • VANITY: "Band of Brothers" now on "History"...same week as Ken Burns' "The War"

    09/29/2007 10:55:50 AM PDT · by VOA · 44 replies · 144+ views
    The History Channel ^ | 9-29-07 | History Channel
    "Band of Brothers" is airing now (Saturday, 12:30PM Central) on The History Channel. Interesting that it should air on the weekend following the airing of the first four parts of Ken Burns'/PBS's "The War". Opinions about the relative merits of the two WWII-ear shows are welcome. ee following posts for URLs for the discussion threads for Parts 1-4 of "The War".
  • Ken Burns War and Iraq

    09/28/2007 9:44:45 PM PDT · by kathsua · 20 replies · 266+ views
    Hutchinson News ^ | 9/27/07 | Jalexson
    Watching the series helps put the current conflict in Iraq in perspective. Many are concerned about the occasional bombings and explosions of IED's, but these threats don't compare to what our fathers or grandfathers faced in WWII. Soldiers in WWII died by the hundreds or thousands rather than the few deaths at a time in Iraq. Soldiers in WWII were threatened by huge artillery shells and bombing by enemy aircraft. They faced thousands of enemy soldiers at a time rather than maybe a dozen or perhaps as much as a hundred. For those serving in Iraq, the fact that they...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 4 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 9-26-07

    09/26/2007 2:30:49 PM PDT · by VOA · 121 replies · 439+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    This is a "heads-up" for the airing of "The War", the Ken Burns (Florentine Films) production on PBS.
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 3 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 9-24-07

    09/25/2007 4:18:57 PM PDT · by VOA · 125 replies · 260+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    This is a "heads-up" for the airing of "The War", the Ken Burns (Florentine Films) production on PBS.
  • "The War" (A Ken Burns Film) Part 2 of 4; Now airing 7PM Central 9-24-07

    09/24/2007 5:05:53 PM PDT · by VOA · 93 replies · 166+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    see link above... This is an announcement of the airing of part 2 (of 4?) of Ken Burns "documentary" on WWII.
  • Heads up!! "The War" begins tonight on PBS

    09/23/2007 8:54:51 AM PDT · by submarinerswife · 353 replies · 1,050+ views
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 September 2007

    09/23/2007 4:57:33 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 520 replies · 1,790+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 23 September 2007 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and filmmaker Ken Burns.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Mrs. Clinton and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Mrs. Clinton. THIS WEEK (ABC): Mrs. Clinton and Burns. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Mrs. Clinton; Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt; French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner; Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
  • 'War' Story (NYP 4-star review of powerful new Ken Burns WWII documentary)

    09/20/2007 12:39:48 PM PDT · by dead · 48 replies · 73+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/20/07 | Adam Buckman
    THIS is the big one. I have spent the better part of my adult life watching TV for a living, and I have never experienced anything more powerful than this. "The War," the 14-hour documentary miniseries about World War II from epic-filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, is this fall's main event. < snip > I can assure you that you have never seen anything like this before, even though it might seem as if World War II has been covered from every possible angle in the hundreds of other documentaries seen on TV over the years. This one succeeds...
  • Jealousy over WWII Film sparks Latino Protest

    09/19/2007 7:12:13 PM PDT · by biscuit jane · 8 replies · 263+ views
    SFGate ^ | 09/19./07 | Delfin Vigil (?)
    Wednesday, September 19, 2007 A group calling itself Defend the Honor is staging a four-city protest Sunday against filmmaker Ken Burns and his PBS documentary "The War," on the grounds that the 15-hour series did not initially include interviews with Latino or American Indian veterans of World War II. Armando Rendon, who will be leading the San Francisco protest at 2 p.m. outside KQED's studios on Mariposa Street, acknowledged that Latinos felt vindicated in April when Burns and PBS agreed to include additional footage focusing on both ethnic groups, but said it was not enough. "That was definitely a victory,...
  • War Over "The War" (Ken Burns)

    07/18/2007 5:57:44 AM PDT · by Valin · 36 replies · 1,268+ views
    The American spectator ^ | 7/18/07 | Iain Murray & Ivan Osorio
    When Ken Burns releases a documentary, America watches. This is partly because of his uniquely compelling style, but also partly because his stories are those of America itself: the Civil War, jazz, baseball. But now some ethnic activists and politicians are decrying Burns's latest project on World War II, The War, as not reflective of America -- and are seeking to impose that judgment. If they get their way, there may be more such spats on the horizon. Why the ruckus? Burns's narrative technique relies heavily on individual accounts and The War is no exception. He aims to tell the...
  • Ken Burns' World War II (liberal columnist attacks political correctness at PBS)

    05/10/2007 4:09:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 62 replies · 2,710+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 10, 2007 | Susan Estrich
    All I can say is that it's a good thing it's Ken Burns. If the micromanagers and pseudo-censors representing the politically correct Congressional Hispanic Caucus were taking on a lesser filmmaker, who knows what would happen? At least it's relatively easy for PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, to stand behind the best documentary artist in America. In this climate, the second-best might not fare so well. The current controversy centers around Ken Burns' forthcoming film, "The War," which focuses on how the people of four American towns were affected by World War II. Famous historians everywhere have supported the project....
  • Burns documentary angers Latino veterans

    04/08/2007 1:00:19 PM PDT · by CharentonChina · 34 replies · 749+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 8. 2007 | By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    NEW YORK - Activists who believe Latinos deserve more recognition for their contributions during World War II have created an agonizing political problem for PBS and filmmaking star Ken Burns. Several Latino leaders and military veterans, angry that Burns' high-profile documentary series "The War" includes no conversations with Latinos who fought, are demanding changes. PBS and Burns want to satisfy an important constituency, without the precedent of a filmmaker forced to change his vision due to a protest. PBS chief executive Paula Kerger, after meetings with leaders including Congress' Hispanic caucus, has promised suggested solutions as early as this week....
  • [Ken] Burns' new series focuses on WWII [New epic documentary in the works]

    12/07/2006 5:50:44 PM PST · by SquirrelKing · 93 replies · 1,774+ views
    Union Leader ^ | Nov. 25, 2006 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Two troubling statistics fueled the creation of "The War," the 14-hour documentary about World War II from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. Burns thought he was done with war movies after his series, "The Civil War." But he changed his mind after realizing that America was losing its grip on the facts of World War II. "It was really a couple of statistics that got me," Burns said. "One was that we're losing a thousand (World War II) veterans a day, and the other is that our children just don't know what's going on."Burns said he was astonished at the number...
  • WWII documentary may incur indecency fines

    07/26/2006 11:54:02 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 97 replies · 2,167+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-27-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters)-The U.S. government's crackdown on media indecency could prevent World War Two veterans from sharing their stories in an upcoming TV documentary series by Ken Burns, the head of the Public Broadcasting Service said on Wednesday.Noted filmaker Burns' highly anticipated seven-part series "The War" features salty language used by servicemen and others. If the explecitives make it to air, they could lead to crippling fines for the offencing stations as a result of a new law signed last month by President George W. Bush.
  • The Old Negro Space Program (short film parody of Ken Burns documentaries)

    04/04/2005 10:10:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 109 replies · 3,999+ views
    negrospaceprogram.com ^ | 2004 | Andy Bobrow
    The shocking-but-false story of America's Blackstronauts
  • America, not Johnson needs pardon (black boxer Jack Johnson)

    01/20/2005 11:28:41 AM PST · by EveningStar · 111 replies · 5,853+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | January 19, 2005 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    Jack Johnson was a black man who often spent his days beating up white men and his nights making love to white women. This, in the first years of the last century. So you can understand why he was a polarizing figure, why newspapers inveighed against him and the government conspired to bring him down. Of course, chances are good that you've never even heard of John Arthur Johnson. As filmmaker Ken Burns pointed out to me in a telephone interview, we are a nation of great historical illiteracy. Ask most people what they know about even so towering a...
  • HISTORY: Forgotten Kentucky soldier was 'best cavalry general' in Civil War

    09/23/2004 11:55:07 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 121 replies · 1,324+ views
    wkyt ^ | 23 sept 2004
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gen. John Buford's bravery at the battle of Gettysburg was little noted nor long remembered in his native Kentucky. "He is one of those all but forgotten heroes," said John Trowbridge, director of the Kentucky Military Museum in Frankfort. "But we would never have won the battle without Buford's quick thinking and quick action on the first day." Rebel infantry outnumbered and outgunned Buford's Yankee cavalry. Even so, the horsemen in blue stalled the Confederates long enough for Gen. George G. Meade's Union Army of the Potomac to organize a defense and ultimately to win the Civil...
  • Bashing burns Ken (Defends Michael Moore)

    07/09/2004 5:52:30 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 66 replies · 1,299+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 9, 2004 | Bill Brioux
    Get off Michael Moore's back. That was the message yesterday from fellow documentarian Ken Burns, fed up with right-wing carping against Moore's anti-Bush rant Fahrenheit 9/11. "Of course he's entitled to express his opinion --that's what this country is all about," says Burns, best known for epic documentaries The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz. "You're supposed to be able to stand up here and say, 'This guy is a schmuck.' " Burns concedes that Moore has an agenda, but so what? "Whatever your argument about his methodology, this is a man with a deep, abiding sympathy for the working man,"...
  • Filmmaker Ken Burns Criticizes Bush At Yale As President Arrives For Daughter's Party

    05/24/2004 7:06:22 AM PDT · by Puppage · 72 replies · 779+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 5/24/2004 | Puppage
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- With presidential security helicopters circling over the Yale University campus, filmmaker Ken Burns denounced the war in Iraq on Sunday and told graduating seniors to remember history as they work to repair divides in American culture. President Bush came to the campus for a private reception with his daughter, Barbara, who graduates from Yale on Monday. Bush did not hold any public events, and Barbara skipped Sunday's baccalaureate services and the day-before-graduation senior Class Day festivities where Burns spoke. While Bush was not in public view, his presidency was a hot topic of rhetoric at Class...
  • PBS News Hour: The Silent Latino Lie

    12/01/2003 9:44:28 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 35 replies · 283+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | November 1, 2003 | Larry Leonard
    November 27, 2003 -- Joseph Dunn, a Democrat senator from California, reacting to a book by some flaming leftist California academic, is part of a movement to pay reparations for a 1930’s mass deportation of California Latinos to Mexico. A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of those expatriated against their will, and on behalf of their survivors. The PBS News Hour segment on this subject showed trainloads of Mexican nationals and Latino-American citizens being put on trains and locked inside until they crossed the border into Mexico. The segment narrator expressly pointed out that federal agents were...
  • Ken Burns' "Congress" Is Pure Blather

    06/02/2003 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Ronly Bonly Jones · 193 replies · 671+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | 26 May 2003 | "LL"
    Oregon Magazine "Ken Burns' "Congress" May 26, 2003, 9:00 PM -- The most powerful accomplishment of tonight's segment of the PBS program, Ken Burns' "Congress," is that Mr. Burns managed to describe the period of official racism in America from just prior to the Civil War to the post-Reconstruction era, without once identifying a pro-slavery congressman or senator as a Democrat. When the Republicans outlawed slavery (which is exactly what actually happened), guess who walked out of the House and the Senate. Their party begins with the letter "D." Guess who after the Civil War worked to disembowel the black...
  • Ken Burns' "Congress"

    06/01/2003 10:04:50 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 16 replies · 195+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | June 1, 2003 | Larry Leonard
    May 26, 2003, 9:00 PM --The most powerful accomplishment of tonight's segment of the PBS program, Ken Burns' "Congress," is that Mr. Burns managed to describe the period of official racism in America from just prior to the Civil War to the post-Reconstruction era, without once identifying a pro-slavery congressman or senator as a Democrat. When the Republicans outlawed slavery (which is exactly what actually happened), guess who walked out of the House and the Senate. Their party begins with the letter "D." Guess who after the Civil War worked to disembowell the black franchise. You have it. The same...
  • Historians question 'Civil War'conclusions

    09/22/2002 11:22:23 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 11 replies · 483+ views
    Cleveland.com ^ | 22 September 2002 | Delia M. Rios
    Perhaps the most moving moment of Ken Burns' 11-hour documentary "The Civil War" is the reading of Sullivan Ballou's July 14, 1861, letter to "My very dear Sarah," written days before he was killed at the first Battle of Bull Run. Americans hearing his words 129 years later treasured them almost as much as the Union major's widow must have, reciting the letter at weddings and funerals.The Ballou letter epitomized the great achievement of Burns' film, which PBS is rebroadcasting over five nights beginning tonight. (8 p.m. on WEAO Channel 45/49 and at 9 p.m. on WVIZ Channel 25).Burns gave...