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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,, 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 - 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...