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  • The Culture Wars Reach the Culture

    11/09/2003 9:09:29 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 623+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 11/10/03 | ROBERT L. BARTLEY
    <p>We hit a milestone with CBS's canceling of "The Reagans."</p> <p>CBS blinked.</p> <p>We hit a milestone in the culture wars last week with the internment of the threatened Ronald Reagan hit job. For once, perhaps for the first time, one of our pre-eminent cultural institutions conceded that the great unwashed had it right. Instead of wrapping itself in the First Amendment right to be irresponsible, the network looked for the least graceless way out.</p>
  • ‘Reagans’ miniseries died of self-inflicted wounds

    11/09/2003 6:07:41 AM PST · by billorites · 22 replies · 90+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 8, 2003 | Bernadette Malone
    EVERY TIME you turn around, some industry is writhing and casting about for more internal diversity so it can broaden its viewpoint. Politics craves more women. Engineering seeks more minorities. Medicine wants more left-brained people, and law wants more right-brained people. Now that CBS was shamed into disposing of its laughably left-wing miniseries, “The Reagans,” the entertainment industry has a chance to admit the truth: Hollywood needs more Republicans than just Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck and Charlton Heston, because it drifts so far left it’s in danger of hitting an oncoming car. CBS has a $9 million egg on its...
  • Bill O'Reilly -- Don't Mess With the Folks

    11/08/2003 9:34:13 PM PST · by Luis Gonzalez · 26 replies · 308+ views
    The Broward Sun Sentinel ^ | November 6, 2003 | Bill O'Reilly
    It is simply astounding that some people are spinning this Reagan movie controversy as a censorship issue. The usual left-wing suspects are screaming the "conservatives" forced CBS to abandon the project. The New York Times editorialized, "It should have come as no surprise that conservatives, protective of Mr. Reagan's image at all times, would launch on the fierce assaults that have become so familiar whenever the right wants to scare the media ... " And Barbra Streisand, an increasingly amusing presence, says "this is censorship pure and simple." One wonders if The Times and La Streisand would react the same...
  • The Man Who Would Save Reagan From a TV History

    11/08/2003 6:02:08 AM PST · by OESY · 12 replies · 88+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 8, 2003 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 6 — Growing up in a conservative family outside Philadelphia, he came of age politically when Ronald Reagan was president and never lost his reverence for him. Now, after years of anonymous admiration, Michael Paranzino is playing a major role in preserving Mr. Reagan's image. A former Congressional aide who is now a political consultant and work-at-home dad, Mr. Paranzino spurred an Internet revolt against CBS that altered its plans to broadcast a mini-series on Mr. Reagan and his wife, Nancy. Through a Web site name he bought for $8.95, BoycottCBS.com, and a blur of appearances on...
  • Salon has the WHOLE "The Reagans" Script Up At Their Site

    11/08/2003 6:46:42 AM PST · by sonsofliberty2000 · 196 replies · 369+ views
    Here is the link: The ReagansYou will need Adobe and a good connection but may be worth it. Report here any "gems" you find.
  • 'No Limits' - Why the fiasco over "The Reagans"? CBS abandoned adult supervision.

    11/08/2003 2:35:31 AM PST · by Brian Allen · 21 replies · 123+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday November 7 2003 - 1201 Hrs | DANIEL HENNINGER
    <p>Why the fiasco over "The Reagans"? CBS abandoned adult supervision.</p> <p>On the other hand, part of me is disappointed that I won't be able to see CBS's movie, "The Reagans," in about a week. I wanted to invite my pals over to watch James Brolin acting his heart out to be the Gipper. You don't get that many chances to see the first screening of a movie that was headed straight for that rare, wonderful ranking in the paperback movie guides--BOMB.</p>
  • Conservatives protecting one of their own [CBS Faces the Nation/Update on '04 Democrats]

    11/08/2003 3:37:59 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 51 replies · 12+ views
    CNN ^ | Saturday, November 8, 2003 | By Bob Schneider
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Some political figures create a cause. The cause endures and influences events long after the politician has left the scene. That's what happened in this week's political Play of the Week. Click here for full article.</p> <p>CBS, ending a remarkably successful promotion campaign to boost ratings for a mini-series, pulled the plug on the mini-series, "The Reagans." The film portrays the 40th President as a right-wing nutcase and an idiot. CBS for weeks denied the portrayal was unfair or distorted the Reagan legacy. Besides, experts said attacking a dying President who can't defend himself as a nutcase and an idiot was a brilliant move by CBS. The more controversy, the better. There's no such thing as bad publicity, these brilliant experts observed.</p>
  • A Nation's heart derails miniseries

    11/08/2003 2:23:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies · 71+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Consititution ^ | November 9, 2003 | RANDY EVANS
    CBS didn't relegate its miniseries "The Reagans" to cable because of a critical bombardment by the conservative talk show-Internet axis. You can't buy that kind of publicity. No, CBS had to cave because of the Ronald Reagan phenomenon -- a bond between Reagan and the American people that runs deeper and wider than CBS executives ever realized. It is a phenomenon that they probably will never understand. The network had to expect some negative reaction. After all, any portrayal of Reagan as he suffers from Alzheimer's, unable to set the record straight, could only be seen by mainstream America as...
  • Creeping blur between movie and documentary

    11/07/2003 7:10:59 PM PST · by Allan · 6 replies · 64+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 7, 2003 | Rondi Adamson
    from the November 07, 2003 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1107/p11s01-coop.html Creeping blur between movie and documentaryBy Rondi AdamsonTORONTO - My favorite movie is "The Sound of Music," which I've seen more times than a grown woman should freely admit. But even when I was 10, I suspected that the baroness could not have handled being dumped by the captain with as much dignity in real life as she managed on screen. I knew it was a movie, not a documentary.It is unfathomable that so many seem unable to distinguish between entertainment and history where the two-part miniseries "The Reagans" is concerned....
  • CBS Abandons Adult Supervision-This was a train wreck waiting to happen. Why didn't anyone see that?

    11/07/2003 5:38:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies · 134+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 11-7-03 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    <p>On the other hand, part of me is disappointed that I won't be able to see CBS's movie, "The Reagans," in about a week. I wanted to invite my pals over to watch James Brolin acting his heart out to be the Gipper. You don't get that many chances to see the first screening of a movie that was headed straight for that rare, wonderful ranking in the paperback movie guides -- BOMB.</p>
  • "Gutless at CBS" - Column by Jonathan Alter

    11/07/2003 4:39:03 AM PST · by Livy · 28 replies · 212+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 11-4-03 | Jonathan Alter
    The Article LinkGutless at CBS The network’s decision to yank ‘The Reagans’ was just a craven—and short-sighted—bid to keep advertisers happyNEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE Nov. 4 — Hallelujah! The Gipper is safe and the hated liberal media humbled. It’s a big victory for the “Elephant Echo Chamber,” the unholy trinity of conservative talk radio, conservative Internet sites and the Republican National Committee. The decision by CBS late yesterday not to air “The Reagans” meant, Matt Drudge exulted, “a tremendous night” for his team. ... Look, I’m not defending “The Reagans.” I have neither read the script nor seen it. (No one...
  • Al Rantel: CBS Faking Shock Over Reagan Smear

    11/07/2003 10:22:11 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 118+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/7/03 | Limbacher
    Like Claude Reines in "Casablanca," CBS's Entertainment chief Les Moonves professed this week to be "shocked, shocked" that his network's biopic of Ronald and Nancy Reagan turned out to be such a biased smear job that he had to cancel its broadcast on the Tiffany network. But Los Angeles radio host Al Rantel says that CBS brass should have known what they were getting when they found out that two longtime proteges of Barbra Streisand, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, would be producing the film. "It's like somebody hiring Yassir Arafat to do a movie about the life of (former...
  • The Reagan farce: CBS must stand for Clueless Broadcasting System

    11/07/2003 10:09:54 AM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 21 replies · 669+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | November 7, 2003
    Picture this. CBS decides to do a mini-series on Ronald Reagan, now 92 and afflicted with Alzheimer's. In charge are two producers who acknowledge they're liberals but promise a fair job. To portray Mr. Reagan they hire James Brolin, whose wife, Barbra Streisand, starred last September in a Hollywood gala that raised about a million bucks for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. While the series is still in production, word leaks out of a scene in which Mrs. Reagan asks her husband to do more for AIDS victims and he replies, "They that live in sin shall die in sin."...
  • Made For TV Movies

    11/07/2003 2:26:14 PM PST · by FlyLow · 2 replies · 99+ views
    Weekly Standard Newsletter | 11-7-03 | Jonathan V. Last
    The big news this week has been about made-for-TV movies, specifically, the Jessica Lynch movie on NBC and the Reagan docu-drama that was pulled from CBS. There's been a lot of controversy over these two projects, and I'm not sure why. Let's start with the Jessica Lynch movie. People on the left are upset and suspect that the Lynch movie is a Bush-inspired bit of hagiography, the implication being that the reports of the Lynch affair were greatly exaggerated and that she didn't really do anything brave. (I'm not making this up; I get emails making this case all the...
  • Drudge: Golden Globe to reopen submissions so that THE REAGANS can be considered for awards

    11/07/2003 2:08:07 PM PST · by ambrose · 44 replies · 93+ views
    Drudge ^ | 11-7-03 | Drudge
    FLASH: Foreign Press Golden Globe awards has made a special arrangement to reopen submissions so that THE REAGANS can be considered for this year's awards, sources tell DRUDGE...
  • Victory Over CBS And Liberalism

    11/07/2003 1:41:46 PM PST · by jonalvy44 · 11 replies · 138+ views
    Renew America ^ | 11/07/2003 | Jon Alvarez
    Victory over CBS and Liberalism by Jon Alvarez America has been witness to another battle as the war of ideologies continues within this country. This war, between patriots who love their country and leftists who seek to undermine all things American, is nothing new and should come as no surprise. Remember the huge public outcry over the Dixie Chicks as they chose to attack our president from abroad? This recent flap with CBS was no different as leftist Hollywood attempted to smear the legacy of President Reagan. Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty would be proud, as patriotic Americans...
  • Barbra Streisand: "A Sad Day for Artistic Freedom"

    11/07/2003 1:33:13 PM PST · by Gunder · 33 replies · 429+ views
    www.barbrastreisand.com ^ | Barbra Streisand
    A Sad Day for Artistic Freedom ...Barbra Streisand Posted on November 4, 2003 I am deeply disappointed that CBS, the network that in 1964 gave me complete artistic control in creating television specials, now caved in to right wing Republican pressure to cancel the network broadcast of the movie The Reagans. (And I say MOVIE - because this is NOT a documentary - it's a television drama.) The movie will now be aired on Showtime, where the difference in viewership is in the millions. One can only imagine the kind of pressure that would compel CBS to take such an...
  • Rush isn't in rehab- he's leading a massive conspiracy **Vanity

    11/07/2003 1:32:48 PM PST · by WinOne4TheGipper · 28 replies · 186+ views
    Hannity Radio ^ | 11/07/03 | will1776
    Is anyone listening to Hannity out there? A caller said that she'd heard someone blame Rush Limbaugh for getting the Reagans off the air. Did anyone catch who said it and is there an article?
  • CBS Fills in 'Reagans' Spot With Reruns

    11/06/2003 9:09:18 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 105+ views
    Herald ^ | 11/6/03 | Lynn Elber
    LOS ANGELES - Faced with a four-hour hole in its key November sweeps schedule after yanking "The Reagans," CBS said Thursday it is plugging in series reruns. The miniseries about former President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, was set to air Nov. 16 and 18 but was pulled amid a barrage of conservative criticism that it distorted his character and achievements. On Sunday, Nov. 16, CBS will repeat a two-part episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 9-11 p.m. EST. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, reruns of "CSI: Miami" and "Without a Trace" will air. Sweeps periods, used to set advertising...
  • Right-wingers practice politics of intimidation (Tom Teepen alert)

    11/06/2003 10:04:33 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 13 replies · 141+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/07/03 | Tom Teepen
    "Kids who threw their weight around like this on the schoolyard had to sit out recess."My, but aren't the bully boys of the right feeling their oats these days?Their latest victim: CBS, which has caved in to pressure from Republican Party officials and conservative activist groups. The two-part docudrama about Ronald and Nancy Reagan will still be seen but, now, only by relatively few on the Showtime cable outlet. The right complained that some parts of the miniseries depict the Reagans unflatteringly.There is a lively pop culture trade in trashing the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson, but the Reagans apparently are...
  • Our Pro-life President

    11/06/2003 2:56:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 389+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, Nov. 7, 2003 | Jerry Falwell
    On Wednesday, President Bush signed into law a ban on partial-birth abortion, the ghastly procedure wherein abortionists partially deliver an unborn baby so that its tiny head can be punctured. It is a murderous procedure, any way you look at it. I thank God that, after the ban passed in the House and Senate, President Bush proudly signed on to the legislation — something his predecessor was unwilling to do. However, almost before the ink had dried on the president’s signature, four doctors convinced a federal judge in Nebraska to block the law through a temporary restraining order. The judge’s...
  • Think Again - Eric Alterman on CBS, The Reagans and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (Gag alert)

    11/06/2003 3:29:02 PM PST · by jmcclain19 · 54 replies · 206+ views
    Amazing but true, the far-right media machine has successfully held CBS entertainment to a higher standard of truth regarding the docudrama, “The Reagans” than the news media manages to hold the Bush administration regarding the war in Iraq. The ability of these would-be censors to “work the refs” on the issue of the CBS movie, “The Reagans” is truly impressive. Setting a new standard for accuracy in TV docudramas - something that never troubled them, for instance, when a network had to invent a voice of morality in the Reagan White House for an Ollie North biopic based on Guts And Glory: The...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....11-06-03...CBS, The Reagan Mini-series and the '04 Democrats

    11/06/2003 5:44:09 AM PST · by Billie · 175 replies · 196+ views
    Billie; JohnHuang2 | JohnHuang2
    CBS, The Reagan Mini-series and the '04 Democrats by JohnHuang2 CBS, ending a remarkably successful promotion campaign to boost ratings for a mini-series, pulled the plug on the mini-series, "The Reagans." The film portrays the 40th President as a right-wing nutcase and an idiot. CBS for weeks denied the portrayal was unfair or distorted the Reagan legacy. Besides, experts said attacking a dying President who can't defend himself as a nutcase and an idiot was a brilliant move by CBS. The more controversy, the better. There's no such thing as bad publicity, these brilliant experts observed. CBS says its...
  • Barbra Streisand's Nose Out of Joint Over Reagan Mini-Series (And what a prodigious honker it is)

    11/06/2003 12:49:39 PM PST · by quidnunc · 19 replies · 241+ views
    The Freedom Network ^ | November 6, 2003 | A. E. Huggett
    A college friend of mine attended an Art gala at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu several years back in which he learned first hand how entertainers in L.A. view themselves. Scott met and chatted with such notables as Sean Connery, Milton Berle, and Barbra Streisand only to come away with the impression that these stars thought that if they surrounded themselves with art some of that art was bound to rub off on them much like children leave books under their pillows. During the course of the evening all three stars committed errors, which Scott recounted with great...
  • Dingell Joins Republicans to Protest CBS’s Mini-Series "The Reagans" (Big Barf Alert!!!)

    11/06/2003 1:44:13 PM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 4 replies · 91+ views
    US Congress ^ | Dingell Press Release
    Dingell Joins Republicans to Protest CBS’s Mini-Series "The Reagans" Demands "Fair and Balanced" Portrayal of 40th President Washington, D.C. – Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI) today joined the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Members of Congress and conservative pundits in demanding that CBS ensure that its upcoming two part mini-series "The Reagans" is an accurate portrayal of the Reagan legacy. In a letter to CBS President Leslie Moonves, Dingell wrote, "I trust that CBS will not be a party to a distorted presentation of American history." Rep. Dingell, who served in the Congress during both of President Reagan’s terms in office, offered...
  • Barbra Streisand's nose out of joint over Reagan mini-series

    11/06/2003 1:02:39 PM PST · by vladog · 21 replies · 284+ views
    Digital Freedom Network ^ | (11.05.03) | by A. E. Huggett
    A college friend of mine attended an Art gala at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu several years back in which he learned first hand how entertainers in L.A. view themselves. Scott met and chatted with such notables as Sean Connery, Milton Berle, and Barbra Streisand only to come away with the impression that these stars thought that if they surrounded themselves with art some of that art was bound to rub off on them much like children leave books under their pillows. During the course of the evening all three stars committed errors, which Scott recounted with great...
  • Conservatives Celebrate Winning One for the Gipper

    11/06/2003 1:21:17 PM PST · by Pikamax · 21 replies · 111+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 11/06/03 | Lisa de Moraes
    Conservatives Celebrate Winning One for the Gipper By Lisa de Moraes Thursday, November 6, 2003; Page C07 "Right-Wing Thought Police Have Declared Reagan, Like Dissent, Off-Limits," People for the American Way cried yesterday as conservatives did a victory dance over CBS's decision to yank its controversial miniseries about former first couple Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Sen. Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) said he was "appalled" by CBS's decision to scrap the miniseries after the Republican National Committee asked that it be allowed to alter the project or that CBS accompany the broadcast with a crawl declaring it a work of fiction. The...
  • Gutless at CBS

    11/06/2003 1:18:25 PM PST · by Pikamax · 40 replies · 166+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/06/03 | Jonathan Alter
    Gutless at CBS Newsweek Web Exclusive Hallelujah! The Gipper is safe and the hated liberal media humbled. It's a big victory for the "Elephant Echo Chamber," the unholy trinity of conservative talk radio, conservative Internet sites and the Republican National Committee. The decision by CBS late yesterday not to air "The Reagans" meant, Matt Drudge exulted, "a tremendous night" for his team. BUT IF THIS IS, as Drudge says, "the beginning of a second media century, much more of a people-driven media" we should look a little harder at what that might entail. More gutless TV executives? Programming that caters...
  • CBS President: Reagans Miniseries Biased

    11/06/2003 9:24:40 AM PST · by mgist · 5 replies · 116+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-6-03 | Yahoo
    CBS President: Reagans Miniseries Biased 2 hours, 45 minutes ago   NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In his first public comments since CBS canceled "The Reagans" miniseries, network President Leslie Moonves said the film was too biased for broadcast television, the New Haven Register reported in Thursday's editions.     After taking "The Reagans" off its schedule in the face of political pressure, CBS said Tuesday it would license the film to Showtime, a corporate cousin and pay cable network with about one-fifth of CBS' audience. "We had promised the public that we would do a fair version of the...
  • If CBS Cancels Reagan Movie, Can Clinton Movie Air (Political Humor)

    11/06/2003 11:10:02 AM PST · by NYC Republican · 34 replies · 146+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/6/03 | Sean Delonas
  • Hugh Hewitt: The Death of Spin

    11/06/2003 7:17:50 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 24 replies · 302+ views
    Weekly Standard/Crosstalk ^ | 11/6/03 | Hugh Hewitt
    THE VERY BEST ASPECT of the decision by CBS to cancel its network showing of the Reagan miniseries was the first paragraph of CBS's statement explaining its decision: CBS will not broadcast "The Reagans" on November 16 and 18. This decision is based solely on our reaction to the final film, not the controversy that erupted around a draft of the script. Sure. And New Coke really did taste great. And Michael Dukakis is glad he rode in that tank. You can hear Jon Lovitz in the background going, "Yeah, yeah. That's the ticket. Nothing at all to do with...
  • CBS TO AIR ‘EVERYBODY LOVES REAGAN’

    11/06/2003 8:32:16 AM PST · by Sir Gawain · 10 replies · 38+ views
    CBS TO AIR ‘EVERYBODY LOVES REAGAN’Hasselhoff to Star In Revamped MiniseriesBuckling under pressure from loyalists of former President Ronald Reagan, CBS announced today that it would shelve its controversial Reagan miniseries starring actor James Brolin and would instead air a new miniseries, “Everybody Loves Reagan,” starring former “Baywatch” star/recording artist David Hasselhoff. The casting of the muscular Hasselhoff appears to be CBS’ calculated response to criticism that Mr. Reagan as played by Mr. Brolin seemed too passive and out-of-the-loop in the now-abandoned film. “In David Hasselhoff, you will be seeing a Ronald Reagan who is clearly an action-man,” said CBS...
  • Remaking Ronald Reagan

    11/05/2003 9:47:01 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 137+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 11/06/03 | Joel Mowbray
    There they go again.  Liberals, that is.  The left is fuming over CBS’s decision to pull “The Reagans” miniseries, crying censorship and the like.  Of course it’s not censorship when a commercial network decides to pull a product that might lose money and certainly would have tarnished its reputation.  But that hasn’t stopped the carping.  USA Today TV critic Robert Bianco—who thankfully did not use the “c” word—called CBS “cowardly” for its “shameful” decision to “rob viewers of a chance to decide the movie’s merits for themselves.”  But that’s the thing: the “merits” were often fictitious, even by the filmmakers’ own admissions.  Notice...
  • Streisand decries 'censorship' of 'Reagans'

    11/05/2003 11:15:12 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 87+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, November 6, 2003
    MEDIA MATTERSStreisand decries 'censorship' of 'Reagans'CBS 'caved in to right-wing Republican pressure' by canceling show Posted: November 5, 20035:00 p.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Actress and activist Barbra Streisand is lamenting CBS' cancellation of its controversial miniseries "The Reagans" as a severe blow to the First Amendment and a "sad day for artistic freedom." Barbra Streisand honored at 2001 Emmy Awards ceremony broadcast by CBS On her website, Streisand – whose husband James Brolin portrays former President Reagan in the four-hour movie – said she is "deeply disappointed" CBS "caved in to right-wing Republican pressure." In contrast, she said, the network gave...
  • 'The Reagans,' From One of Them: why the Ronald Reagan depicted in the biopic is nothing like him

    11/05/2003 11:39:26 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 154+ views
    Time Magazine via WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, November 6, 2003 | Patty Davis
    'The Reagans,' From One of ThemPatti Davis on why the Ronald Reagan depicted in the biopic is nothing like the father she knows  By PATTI DAVIS Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2003Finally, CBS is doing the right thing about "The Reagans." Under pressure the network has decided not to air the two-part biopic, steering it instead to the cable outlet Showtime (like CBS, owned by Viacom). But just because a far smaller audience will now see the film (Showtime draws maybe a million viewers on a top night) doesn’t make this story any more accurate. According to the screenplay for “The...
  • CBS BOSS: 'REAGANS' BIASED

    11/06/2003 1:44:20 AM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 113+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/06/03 | Post Wire Services
    <p>November 6, 2003 -- CBS' canceled "The Reagans" miniseries was too "biased" for broadcast TV, network president Les Moonves admitted yesterday. "We had promised the public that we would do a fair version of the Reagans' life," Moonves said in a Yale speech reported by the New Haven Register.</p>
  • Furor Over 'The Reagans' Reflects Larger Battle Over Ex-President's Legacy

    11/05/2003 11:23:58 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 215+ views
    AP | 11/06/03 | Hillel Italie
    NEW YORK (AP) - In protesting "The Reagans," the miniseries that CBS decided to pull this week, supporters of the former president were defending not just a man, or a politician, but his principles. "This was a left-wing smear of one of the nation's most beloved presidents and CBS got caught," says Brent Bozell, founder of the conservative Media Research Center, which had asked advertisers to consider boycotting the film. All modern presidents have their advocates, but Ronald Reagan's legacy is guarded with an intensity not seen among supporters of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford. For many, Reagan personifies the...
  • Babs: "A Sad Day for Artistic Freedom "

    11/05/2003 6:37:55 AM PST · by Proverbs 3-5 · 71 replies · 277+ views
    Official Barbra Streisand Web Site ^ | 11/4/2003 | Barbra Streisand
    It is interesting to note: · Previosuly she said she never read the script nor discussed the movie with her hubby who played Reagan, yeah right. · When asked by the Big O what she thought of her husband playing Ronald Reagan she smirked and said that as long as they “told the truth about Reagan” she had no problem with it. · She now says “…I say MOVIE - because this is NOT a documentary - it's a television drama” and then has the gall to say “our constitution specifically included a ban on prior restraint in the First...
  • Not Ready for Prime Time: If "The Reagans" was nasty but true, CBS wouldn't have cancelled it.

    11/05/2003 6:38:18 AM PST · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 47+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Wednesday, November 5, 2003 | REVIEW & OUTLOOK
    <p>Throughout his career, Ronald Reagan was always dismissed by elite opinion as a "Grade B movie actor" who had trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. Now that same accusation has been lodged against the CBS mini-series "The Reagans." In response to complaints that this TV portrait of the Gipper is based on words his family and associates say he never uttered, CBS announced yesterday the network wouldn't be airing the series after all.</p>
  • Go over to CBS and thank them for not showing Reagan in a lie

    11/05/2003 8:00:34 AM PST · by hapy · 24 replies · 77+ views
    go down to the bottom and click feedback. I thanked them for having the guts not to show the Reagan film and for sending it over to showtime or HBO were it belongs. It is a fiction movie about a great president whom the liberals hate. I love the power we have
  • Siers cartoon: "The Reagans"

    11/05/2003 7:57:39 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 3 replies · 33+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Nov. 05, 2003 | KEVIN SIERS
    Siers cartoon: "The Reagans" KEVIN SIERS ©2003, The Charlotte Observer
  • Rather Has Trouble With 'Unfair.' CBS Reporter Defends Reagan Movie

    11/05/2003 7:17:37 AM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 14 replies · 77+ views
    Last night, Dan Rather reported on CBS's decision to drop a planned mini-series on Ronald and Nancy Reagan: "The CBS television network has been under fire for weeks from admirers of Ronald Reagan who--[pauses, swallows] la-labeled a--[pauses, swallows] as unfair a television miniseries entitled 'The Reagans.' Today CBS announced it will not air that series after all; it will be aired elsewhere." It was hard for Dan to say the word "unfair." For some reason, possibly to make sure it was really the word on the page, he looked down at the paper in his hand--something he only does if...
  • How Reagan won again ("You don't want to alienate white, middle-aged, middle America.")

    11/05/2003 6:51:46 AM PST · by dead · 24 replies · 48+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | November 6, 2003
    An American TV network has bowed to political pressure and pulled a mini-series about the Reagans. Gerard Wright writes on the unprecedented move. His authorised biographer once heard Ronald Reagan say of the viral scourge known as AIDS, which was then sweeping the United States: "Maybe the Lord brought down this plague" because "illicit sex is against the Ten Commandments". In the process of filtration and osmosis by which literary fact becomes docudrama script, the observation that President Ronald Reagan made to his biographer Edmund Morris became this on-screen rebuttal to his wife Nancy's plea to help AIDS sufferers: "Those...
  • Daschle Mad at CBS for Caving on 'The Reagans'

    11/05/2003 8:44:47 AM PST · by sr4402 · 16 replies · 143+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003 | Carl Limbacher
    Little Tommy Daschle is mad that he'll have to pony up for Showtime to watch Viacom's attack on Ronald and Nancy Reagan. CBS's decision to dump "The Reagans" onto its sister pay-cable channel "smells of intimidation to me," the Senate minority leader grumbled today. Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, however, noted that putting the schlockumentary before a smaller audience did not make it any less inaccurate. Without changes, Showtime should remind viewers every 10 minutes that the movie is fictional, he said. CBS's decision "gives new hope to all of the people who don't like what they see on...
  • See the Cowardly Eye Blink (BARF ALERT!!)

    11/05/2003 8:29:05 AM PST · by jgrubbs · 8 replies · 39+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | November 5, 2003 | Ellis Henican
    "Propaganda isn't what you tell people," CBS founder William S. Paley used to say. "It's what you don't tell them." And now, on the evenings of Nov. 16 and 18, viewers at Paley's old network won't be told anything at all about Ronald Reagan, the president or the man. The propagandists win again.
  • Streisand: It's a 'Sad Day' When You Can't Attack the Reagans

    11/05/2003 8:52:22 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 26 replies · 143+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/5/03 | Limbacher
    Democrat queen Barbra Streisand is in a Daschle-like snit over CBS's decision to dump its vicious miniseries "The Reagans" into the lap of Showtime. "Indeed, today marks a sad day for artistic freedom - one of the most important elements of an open and democratic [sic] society," said Malibu Barbi, whose hubby, James Brolin, stars in Viacom's $16 million embarrassment. Of course, Babs and the other self-styled defenders of free expression wailing over the demotion of "The Reagans" were failed to support Dr. Laura Schlessinger from left-wing attacks and boycotts that forced her off the TV airwaves.
  • Fact or Fiction? (The Reagans)

    11/05/2003 9:07:32 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 14 replies · 68+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 11-05-03 | Marla Lehner
    <p>NEW YORK — The imploding of the CBS miniseries "The Reagans (search)," which was pulled off the network Tuesday amid charges of inaccuracy, has raised larger questions about creative ethics and artistic license.</p> <p>Some are calling the network's decision to move the controversial two-part series to Showtime (search) a victory for decency, while others say it smacks of censorship.</p>
  • NBC Rescues Jessica Lynch Again, Critics Pounce

    11/05/2003 9:34:15 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 11 replies · 6+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11-05-03
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The same day CBS pulled its controversial miniseries "The Reagans" claiming that it was not balanced, rival network NBC on Tuesday proclaimed the accuracy of its upcoming TV movie about the rescue of U.S. soldier Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital. "Saving Jessica Lynch" is set to air on NBC on Sunday, and the network previewed it for an audience including the Canadian actress who plays Lynch and the Iraqi lawyer who informed U.S. troops of her whereabouts. When news of Lynch's rescue first surfaced in April, the mission was described as being a daring nighttime...
  • A Sad Day for Artistic Freedom (Barbra's whine)

    11/05/2003 3:44:28 PM PST · by Ladysmith · 52 replies · 180+ views
    Barbra Streisand website ^ | November 4, 2003 | Barbra Streisand
    Posted on November 4, 2003 I am deeply disappointed that CBS, the network that in 1964 gave me complete artistic control in creating television specials, now caved in to right wing Republican pressure to cancel the network broadcast of the movie The Reagans. (And I say MOVIE - because this is NOT a documentary - it's a television drama.) The movie will now be aired on Showtime, where the difference in viewership is in the millions. One can only imagine the kind of pressure that would compel CBS to take such an extraordinary action. This was an organized Republican spin...
  • AOL News Reports: "Still, CBS's decision upset some in Hollywood."

    11/05/2003 3:28:15 PM PST · by yankeedame · 25 replies · 46+ views
    AOL News ^ | 11/05/03 | Bill Carter, Jim Rutenberg & Bernard Weinraub
    Shifting 'Reagans' to Cable Has CBS Facing New Critics By BILL CARTER, The New York Times CBS's decision yesterday to drop its mini-series about Ronald and Nancy Reagan, after an impassioned campaign by Republican and conservative groups, roiled the television industry, infuriated some Democrats and liberal groups, and left CBS executives open to criticism they had caved in to political pressure. CBS executives, who declined to be identified by name, denied that they were capitulating to pressure from Republicans and conservative groups in moving "The Reagans" to the pay cable channel Showtime, a sister network at Viacom. The decision, they...