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  • Flashback - Tom Daschle, said CBS' decision "smells of intimidation to me."

    09/11/2006 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies · 949+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, November 5, 2003 Posted: 8:58 AM EST (1358 GMT)
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Capping an extraordinary conservative furor over a movie virtually no one has seen, CBS said Tuesday it will not air "The Reagans" and shunt it off to the Showtime cable network instead.
  • CBS pulls Reagan miniseries

    09/15/2004 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 4 replies · 1,005+ views
    CNN ^ | November 5, 2003
    "This was a left-wing smear of one of the nation's most beloved presidents and CBS got caught," said Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center.
  • Important Repost: Boycott launched of CBS' 'Reagans' (How To Effectively Boycott Media Bias)

    05/28/2004 5:36:18 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 3 replies · 157+ views
    WND ^ | October 28, 2003 | Art Moore
    An upcoming CBS miniseries that reportedly casts former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy in a negative light has prompted a boycott. A former chief of staff to a U.S. congressman has teamed with colleagues to set up a website urging television viewers not to watch the two-part series and boycott its advertisers for 30 days during the peak of the holiday shopping season. [Editor's note: Since the posting of this story, the Boycott CBS site has become inaccessible due to a system overload. A new site, with the same address, is expected to be running by Friday.] James...
  • Time to Boycott Showtime Again

    01/20/2004 7:47:31 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 24 replies · 238+ views
    Showtime Networks Inc. ^ | January 20, 2004 | Showtime
    TIME (ET/PT) TITLE RATING REMIND ME previous day next day 6:45 AM Diary Of A Madman 8:30 AM Deception (1993) 10:00 AM The Sum of Us 11:45 AM Hannah And Her Sisters 1:35 PM Roxanne 3:30 PM Enigma 5:30 PM What's Going On? : Street Kids 6:00 PM Men With Brooms 8:00 PM The Reagans 11:00 PM Captives 12:45 AM Beverly Hills Bordello : All Night Long 1:15 AM It's My Party 3:05 AM Passionate Deceptions 4:30 AM High Road To China THE REAGANS RATING: TVPG - L SHOWTIME ADVISORIES: Adult Language, Adult Content Dolby Digital 5.1 / CCAP 2...
  • CBS's Becker Sit-Com Blasts "Stupid" People Who Favor Tax Cuts

    12/10/2003 9:51:22 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 58 replies · 846+ views
    MediaResearch ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:42:36 | BrentBaker
    Another episode of the CBS sit-com Becker, which stars the liberal Ted Danson playing a doctor in a one-man practice in New York City, airs tonight on CBS. In last week's episode, upset by the closing of a "residential life" home for the mentally- challenged, "Becker" went to see the city's Deputy Director of Social Services, who launched into a lengthy rant about the evils of how tax cuts have reduced the amount of money available to government and will lead to "crappy schools which will turn out yet another generation of voters who are too stupid and greedy to...
  • Daschle's un-Reagan-like cowardice: Jon Dougherty nails senator, CBS for hateful attack on Reagan

    11/07/2003 12:48:25 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 103+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, November 7, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    Daschle's un-Reagan-like cowardice Posted: November 7, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com You have to hand it to Sen. Tom Daschle. If anything, the Democrats' minority leader is predictable – no matter the issue, he can always be counted on to take the wrong side. But maybe he can't help it. Maybe he's just been a member of a party with no morale compass for so long, he is unable to distinguish right from wrong. Democrats, you know, rarely make such black-and-white distinctions – unless, of course, they're disparaging white people as racists in order to court black votes. The most recent...
  • Trashing the Reagans, targeting Bush

    12/06/2003 1:32:53 PM PST · by bdeaner · 45 replies · 419+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/5/03 | Robert D. Novak
    Trashing the Reagans, targeting BushBy ROBERT D. NOVAK To watch the entire commercial-free, three-hour version of The Reagans on the Showtime cable television network this week was an ordeal. The cartoon character presented as Ronald Reagan does not resemble the real president. But this assault on a beloved conservative icon does relate to the 2004 presidential campaign now under way. The events here actually are fictionalized less than is the case with many other made-for-TV movies. The problem is the portrayal of Reagan by actor James Brolin, a liberal Democratic activist as is his wife, Barbra Streisand. Even when he...
  • Misfocused lens

    12/05/2003 10:03:29 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 136+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/6/03 | Linda Chavez
    <p>"The Reagans," the controversial made-for-TV movie finally made its way into American homes this week — but not nearly as many homes as originally planned after CBS moved it to its smaller, premium cable channel Showtime. I watched the entire three-hour melodrama in order to participate in a special Showtime panel discussion, aired after the movie, along with five other people who were invited to comment.</p>
  • Queer Eye for a Great Guy(The Reagans is no threat, confirming how irrelevant liberals have become)

    12/04/2003 11:40:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 161+ views
    The am ^ | 12/5/2003 | William Tucker
    As David Brooks noted last week, the Democrats are rapidly falling into a minority mentality. The stridency, the lack of realism, the bizarre oppositional stances (who ever thought the Democrats would oppose drug prescriptions for Medicare!) -- all speak of a faction whose members becoming increasingly aware that they are irrelevant. Nowhere is this clearer than in last Sunday's long-awaited broadcast of The Reagans. True, the script wasn't very flattering -- although it certainly wasn't as bad as reported. And true, the show's recollections of the 1980s read like "Liberalism's Greatest Hits." But why should Republicans want to censor this...
  • Showtime's 'The Reagans' a Ratings Dud

    12/04/2003 9:06:54 PM PST · by thesummerwind · 29 replies · 270+ views
    NewsMax.com | 12/3/03 | staff
    Despite the media uproar of "The Reagans," its premiere on Showtime didn't exactly set the cable world ablaze, according to Zap2it.com. According to news reports, a little over 1 million viewers watched the three-hour movie, which did bring a larger-than-average audience to the pay-cable network Sunday, but not one big enough to rank in the Top 40 cable programs for last week. Eschewing the Showtime offering, about 3.5 million people watched the season finale of HBO's "Carnivale" Sunday. However, HBO is available in about three times as many homes as Showtime, which reaches between 12 million and 13 million subscribers....
  • Showtime's 'The Reagans' a Ratings Dud

    12/04/2003 7:12:58 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 11 replies · 200+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/4/03 | Limbacher
    Despite the media uproar of "The Reagans," its premiere on Showtime didn't exactly set the cable world ablaze, according to Zap2it.com. According to news reports, a little over 1 million viewers watched the three-hour movie, which did bring a larger-than-average audience to the pay-cable network Sunday, but not one big enough to rank in the Top 40 cable programs for last week. Eschewing the Showtime offering, about 3.5 million people watched the season finale of HBO's "Carnivale" Sunday. However, HBO is available in about three times as many homes as Showtime, which reaches between 12 million and 13 million subscribers....
  • The politics of contempt

    12/03/2003 10:15:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 132+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 12/03/03 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- To watch the entire commercial-free, three-hour version of the "The Reagans" on the Showtime cable television network this week was an ordeal. The cartoon character presented as Ronald Reagan does not resemble the real president. But this assault on a beloved conservative icon does relate to the 2004 presidential campaign now underway.The events here actually are fictionalized less than is the case with many other made-for-TV movies. The problem is the portrayal of Reagan by actor James Brolin, a liberal Democratic activist as is his wife, Barbra Streisand. Even when he is depicted giving a serious speech in...
  • Movie's assault on Reagan an indirect jab at Bush

    12/04/2003 11:32:47 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 172+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 04 2003 | ROBERT NOVAK
    To watch the entire commercial-free, three-hour version of the ''The Reagans'' on the Showtime cable television network this week was an ordeal. The cartoon character presented as Ronald Reagan does not resemble the real president. But this assault on a beloved conservative icon does relate to the 2004 presidential campaign now under way. The events here actually are fictionalized less than is the case with many other made-for-TV movies. The problem is the portrayal of Reagan by actor James Brolin, a liberal Democratic activist as is his wife, Barbra Streisand. Even when he is depicted giving a serious speech in...
  • Liberals Marvin Kalb and Lou Cannon Denounce The Reagans Movie

    12/04/2003 6:26:42 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 176+ views
    MRC ^ | 12/3/03 | Brent Baker
    During Showtime’s Monday night panel, Controversy: The Reagans, two liberals, Marvin Kalb and Lou Cannon, denounced the inaccurate portrayal of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the movie switched from CBS to an airing Sunday night on Showtime. In addition, a co-producer of the film contradicted Showtime’s CEO and admitted that the movie was not historically accurate, answering “no” when asked if the movie was “meant to be historically true?” Meanwhile, on FNC’s Hannity & Colmes on Monday night, Ronald Reagan’s adopted son Michael condemned the portrayal he saw of his father, complaining: “They made my father look like Mr. Magoo.”...
  • Anti-Gay Gipper - A lie about Reagan

    12/03/2003 11:47:29 AM PST · by gubamyster · 9 replies · 208+ views
    NRO ^ | 12/03/03 | Deroy Murdock
    December 03, 2003, 9:13 a.m. By Deroy Murdock “You're president of the United States," Nancy Reagan, reminded Ronald Reagan as he sat up in bed in 1983. She begged him to do something about the growing scourge of AIDS. "If you don't talk about it, nobody will talk about it. Nobody will do anything, and all these people — these children, these young boys — they're all going to die. And the blame will be on our heads, Ronnie." President Reagan quietly kept reading through his half glasses. He seemed very cozy, clad in his bathrobe, beneath his blankets....
  • The Reagans

    12/01/2003 9:40:47 PM PST · by kattracks · 13 replies · 115+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 12/02/03 | Matt Towery
    The controversial TV program "The Reagans" finally aired on Showtime this past weekend. CBS had been scheduled to broadcast it, but declined to go forward with the docudrama after a chorus of mostly conservatives protested the production's alleged liberal, anti-Reagan bias. Having viewed it on Showtime, I am more convinced than ever that these friends of Reagan should have kept their mouths shut and allowed the program the wider audience it would have had with CBS. I know, I know. President Reagan consistently polls near the top of surveys that ask Americans to name our greatest president. I also know...
  • Live Thread: Showtime's Reagan Movie Panel Discussion Simulcast on C-SPAN

    12/01/2003 6:03:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 153 replies · 220+ views
    C-SPAN/ Showtime ^ | Monday, December 1, 2003 | Kristinn
    Live now at 9 p.m. EST. Hosted by Frank Sesno.
  • Beyond 'Reagans' Hoopla, a critical, typical biopic

    12/01/2003 11:21:37 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 6 replies · 170+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/1/03 | Matthew Gilbert
    <p>The oldest rule of Hollywood must be that nothing calls attention to a product quite like controversy. So it's surprising that Reagan loyalists leaned so heavily on CBS to reject "The Reagans" last month, thereby creating much anticipatory ado about an average docudrama that certainly accentuates the negative about the former president and his wife.</p>
  • Showtime's The Reagans as Belittling and Derogatory as Feared

    12/01/2003 10:36:19 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 48 replies · 224+ views
    MediaResearch ^ | 7:10am EST, Monday December 1, 2003 | BrentBaker
    I spent three hours -- two hours and 53 minutes to be exact -- on Sunday night watching The Reagans on Showtime so I could spare you the pain: The movie, originally produced as a two- part mini-series for CBS, was every bit as awful as conservatives feared with a belittling portrayal of Ronald Reagan. The movie delivered a cartoonish Ronald Reagan, played by James Brolin, who read words fed to him by others, seemed capable only of uttering short quips about "commies" and "big government" and followed the orders of others -- mainly an all-controlling Nancy Reagan, played by...
  • DID YOU WATCH THE REAGANS ON SHOWTIME? POLL ON SHOWTIME

    12/01/2003 11:43:35 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies · 487+ views
    SHOWTIME.COM ^ | Dec. 01, 2003 | SHOWTIME
    POLLDid you watch The Reagans on Showtime? Did the movie change your opinion about the Reagan Presidency? How do you think the movie will influence other people's opinions of the Reagan years? How would you characterize the point of view of the movie? How warranted was the controversy over the movie "The Reagans?" How much do you agree with CBS's decision not to run the movie? Did you vote for Ronald Reagan in either 1980 or 1984? To delve into the polarizing issues surrounding the hotly debated movie, SHOWTIME will present a special round-table forum, CONTROVERSY: "THE REAGANS." The forum...
  • THERE THEY GO AGAIN (Conservatives had nothing to protest in The Reagans mini-hatchet series)

    11/30/2003 5:49:31 PM PST · by OESY · 32 replies · 247+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 30, 2003 | ADAM BUCKMAN
    <p>If it was about the three-hour miniseries I just watched - "The Reagans," which finally hits the air tonight at 8 on Showtime - then the people who made such a big stink about it look like a bunch of loony, paranoid alarmists.</p>
  • The Reagans Movie Live Thread

    11/30/2003 4:56:36 PM PST · by WinOne4TheGipper · 7 replies · 126+ views
    11/30/03 | will1776
    Please post your thoughts/observations on the Reagan movie on this thread.
  • Hatchet Job? Reagan Movie Is Run of the Mill (The Official New York Times Review!)

    11/30/2003 2:16:26 AM PST · by Timesink · 26 replies · 328+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 30, 2003 | Alessandra Stanley
    November 30, 2003TELEVISION REVIEWHatchet Job? Reagan Movie Is Run of the MillBy ALESSANDRA STANLEY here is no reason Showtime's version of "The Reagans" could not have been broadcast on CBS earlier this month. Tonight's made-for-television movie incited conservatives to threaten a boycott, which led the network to cancel it. Consigned to Showtime, a premium cable channel owned by CBS's parent company, Viacom, "The Reagans" turns out to be neither a liberal screed on Reaganomics nor a character attack on former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. It is a movie. More precisely, it is a made-for-television movie that squeezes...
  • Reagan Movie Depicts Controlling First Lady, Often Befuddled Former President

    11/29/2003 5:06:30 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 119+ views
    Reagan Movie Depicts Controlling First Lady, Often Befuddled Former President By David Bauder The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - If admirers of former President Reagan didn't like a television movie about him after reading leaked snippets of a script, their opinion isn't likely to change after seeing the final product. "The Reagans," which premieres on Showtime on Sunday, depicts the former president as amiable but often confused, controlled to a large extent by his wife, Nancy, and presiding over a dysfunctional family. The movie is being aired on Showtime after CBS refused to show it earlier this month, following...
  • Actor James Brolin Breaks His Silence on "The Reagans" Movie

    11/27/2003 3:38:29 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 27 replies · 370+ views
    MetroSource Newswire | 11/27/03 | Ilyssa Panitz
    Actor James Brolin Breaks His Silence on "The Reagans" Movie. (New YOrk, NY) - Actor James Brolin has broken his silence about the controversial movie "The Reagans." The film, which has not yet aired, began to generate heavy publicity after Brolin's famous wife, Barbra Streisand, issued some harsh words against CBS for pulling the plug on the movie. During an interview, Brolin defended his wife by addressing the rumor that Streisand's Hollywood weight played a role in the tone of the script. Brolin said, "She was only on the set a short time and had not read the script. They're...
  • The Real Story Behind the Reagan Mini Series:

    11/25/2003 8:46:37 PM PST · by webber · 3 replies · 119+ views
    The Real Story Behind the Reagan Movie By Cliff Kincaid November 25, 2003 Some opponents of the entertainment industry believe they scored a victory with the announcement by CBS President Leslie Moonves that the network was transferring a movie smearing former President Reagan from CBS to the Showtime cable channel. One of several controversial aspects is a depiction of Reagan as someone who believed that people with AIDS get what they deserve because "they that live in sin shall die in sin." The rest of the article is below.
  • The Real Story Behind the Reagan Movie

    11/25/2003 12:31:58 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 104+ views
    AIM ^ | November 25, 2003 | Cliff Kincaid
    It is a sign of the times that a major controversy has developed over putting words into Reagan’s mouth that make him out to be unsympathetic to homosexuals. In this case, of course, it is unfair to attribute such a statement to Reagan because he never uttered it. Newsmax reported that CBS’s decision to pull the plug on its miniseries came on the heels of a letter to the network from Marc Christian, described as Rock Hudson's "ex-lover," who complained that the film’s portrayal of the 40th president as anti-homosexual was false. In a letter to Moonves, Christian said, "The...
  • 'Reagans' filmmakers: CBS ruined movie

    11/25/2003 8:29:55 AM PST · by presidio9 · 18 replies · 183+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2003
    <p>The director of "The Reagans" complained Monday that CBS butchered his made-for-TV movie, ultimately making it too incoherent for the network to air.</p> <p>"We were, in a sense, banished" from the editing process before CBS ditched it, director Robert Ackerman said.</p>
  • Re-examining Reagan: Rebecca Hagelin tells real reason why Hollywood hatchet job failed

    11/24/2003 11:59:56 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 64+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2003 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Re-examining Reagan Posted: November 25, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Make no mistake, it wasn't the letter from Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie that got CBS to pull the plug on its "The Reagans" miniseries. It wasn't the raft of recent books, such as "Reagan in His Own Words" and "How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life," either. The "amiable dunce" view of our 40th president, which these books set out to dispel, was largely dead before either went to press. It wasn't even that the biggest stink made over the series pertained to scenes the producers fashioned out of thin...
  • SHOWTIME BOSS RAPS MOONVES ON 'REAGANS'

    11/25/2003 12:45:51 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 214+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/25/03 | ADAM BUCKMAN
    <p>November 25, 2003 -- THE president of Show time had some strong words yesterday for the chairman of CBS about the ill-fated miniseries about Ronald and Nancy Reagan that was cancelled by CBS, then dumped on Showtime by their parent company, Viacom. "If [CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves] didn't know what movie he was getting, that's not the fault of the producers, the director or anyone associated with the film," said Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, in a telephone news conference yesterday with TV critics.</p>
  • Makers of ``The Reagans'' complain about CBS `butchering' movie

    11/24/2003 4:58:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 141+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-24-03 | DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- The director of "The Reagans" complained Monday that CBS' butchered his made-for-TV movie, ultimately making it too incoherent for the network to air.</p> <p>"We were, in a sense, banished" from the editing process before CBS ditched it, director Robert Ackerman said.</p>
  • Showtime Announces 'Reagans' to Run in Ten Days, Not Next Year

    11/19/2003 9:25:26 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 3 replies · 168+ views
    Associated Press Showtime will air "The Reagans," the made-for-TV movie that CBS scuttled, on Nov. 30. The cable channel's announcement Monday was unexpected, since it had originally planned to air the movie next year. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it." Fans of the former president, accusing CBS of distorting Ronald Reagan's legacy while he's sick with Alzheimer's disease, had mounted a furious protest. CBS denied it...
  • CBS postpones its plans to air Michael Jackson special next week

    11/19/2003 2:30:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies · 307+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-19-03 | DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS pulled a Michael Jackson music special planned for next week, saying it would be "inappropriate" to air given the new charges that the star molested a child.</p> <p>Authorities in Santa Barbara, Calif. issued an arrest warrant for the pop star on molestation charges. Jackson has denied the charges.</p>
  • 'The Reagans' To Air Nov. 30

    11/18/2003 3:59:24 PM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 104+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 11/18/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Showtime plans to air the controversial movie "The Reagans" without commercials on Nov. 30, rather than in 2004. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it." Michael Paranzino, who set up the Web site boycottcbs.com to fight the TV movie, originally scheduled to air on CBS, told the Associated Press, "I think that Showtime realized they have a turkey on their hands, and turkeys don't last much beyond...
  • The Reagans on Showtime

    11/18/2003 5:26:03 AM PST · by BooksForTheRight.com · 7 replies · 124+ views
    The cable network Showtime, eager to capitalize on the controversy surrounding the movie "The Reagans," announced yesterday it plans to premiere the show much sooner than expected. ADVERTISEMENT "The Reagans" will now air Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., just four days after it was originally scheduled to be broadcast on CBS.
  • U.S. News Predicts Bloody Battle over Mel Gibson's Movie

    11/18/2003 12:07:35 PM PST · by kattracks · 20 replies · 139+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 11/18/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    U.S. News & World Report says the fight over Viacom's TV movie "The Reagans" will "look like crumbs on the table of the Last Supper when the coming fight over Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of Christ' hits full stride early next year." Of course, as we've been reporting for months, the attacks on the movie have been nasty for some time. The New York Post had five people review "a copy" of the movie and printed their comments Monday. Four - a priest, a rabbi, a professor and the paper's movie critic - called it everything from "appalling" to "unfair"...
  • Streisand Blames Reagan for Her Son's AIDS

    11/17/2003 10:31:44 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 138 replies · 602+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/17/03 | Limbacher
    We don't usually report what's in the National Enquirer, but we have to point out the hypocrisy of the left-wing media establishment, which gladly cited the tabloid's reports on Rush Limbaugh but has been silent on its drug allegations about NBC's Matt Lauer and now new revelations about Democrat diva Barbra Streisand. The Enquirer's Nov. 25 issue charges, "Barbra Streisand's fanatical support of the CBS movie smearing President Ronald Reagan wasn't just politics - it was personal!" Babs' son, Jason Gould, who appeared in her movie "The Prince of Tides," is infected with AIDS, the tabloid says, and she has...
  • Showtime to Air 'The Reagans' on Nov. 30

    11/17/2003 2:13:04 PM PST · by steppenwolffe · 14 replies · 145+ views
    AP ^ | 11-17-03
    NEW YORK - Showtime will air "The Reagans," the made-for-TV movie that CBS scuttled, on Nov. 30. The cable channel's announcement Monday was unexpected, since it had originally planned to air the movie next year. "We just thought it didn't make sense to prolong this and bring it on next year," said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime entertainment president. "I'm just tired of people making judgments on this when they haven't seen it. Let them see it." Fans of the former president, accusing CBS of distorting Ronald Reagan's legacy while he's sick with Alzheimer's disease, had mounted a furious protest. CBS denied...
  • Blockbuster flees from "The Reagans"

    11/14/2003 8:10:58 AM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies · 188+ views
    11/14/03
    Dear Member, Thank you for contacting Blockbuster. Your inquiry asked about a possible sponsorship by BLOCKBUSTER for the upcoming Ronald Reagan mini-series on CBS. Please note that Blockbuster has nothing to do with that project, and we have no plans to advertise on the program. CBS is responsible for the development, production and broadcasting of the mini-series, and any comments you may have should be directed to CBS at audsvcs@cbs.com. We hope this answers the question you have raised, and we look forward to seeing you in one of our stores soon. Regards, Blockbuster Care --Original Message-- From: [pabianice] Date:...
  • AP: Judgment Passed Too Soon on 'Reagans'

    11/13/2003 3:41:05 PM PST · by steppenwolffe · 12 replies · 100+ views
    AP ^ | 11-13-03 | frazier moore
    NEW YORK - This was where I was going to review "The Reagans," CBS' much-anticipated miniseries airing Sunday and Tuesday. Except it isn't going to air - not then, not on CBS. I prefer writing about shows that will actually be broadcast and shows that I've screened. But since everyone else has expressed an opinion about this biopic, sight unseen, why shouldn't I? Come to think of it, I'd like to salute CBS for giving "The Reagans" the hook (episodes of "CSI," "CSI: Miami" and "Without a Trace" are now scheduled instead). I think CBS' turn-tail tactic is a win...
  • The Final Word on CBS and “The Reagans”

    11/13/2003 12:35:45 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 33 replies · 217+ views
    11-13-03 | jmstein7
    The Supreme Court has explicitly held that, “[There is] no constitutional value in false statements of fact.”  Further, false statements “belong to that category of utterances which []are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality.” False statements, i.e. the core of defamation, are not protected by the First Amendment.   There is no question that “The Reagans” is a defamatory piece.   The script is out there for all to...
  • FNC’s Newswatch Liberals Blame MRC for CBS Pulling The Reagans

    11/11/2003 9:03:44 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 13 replies · 149+ views
    MRC ^ | 11/11/03 | Brent Baker
    The two liberal panelists on FNC’s Fox Newswatch over the weekend credited/blamed the MRC for CBS’s decision to move it’s The Reagans mini-series to Showtime. Neal Gabler asserted of the decision by CBS Chairman Les Moonves: “He pulled this because right-wing pressure from the Media Research Center, from Matt Drudge, from a number of radio talk show hosts, you know, made this just more trouble than it was worth. And it gave the right-wing veto power over broadcast television.” Jane Hall, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who now teaches journalism as American University, echoed: “There was genuine outrage and...
  • Free speech or twisting of history?

    11/10/2003 4:41:32 AM PST · by RJCogburn · 4 replies · 118+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/10/2003 | Cathy Young
    <p>Those associated with the miniseries claim that it is not a slam but a nuanced portrayal of the former first couple. Some of the less flattering aspects of its portrayal of the former first couple -- President Reagan is depicted as often inattentive and uninformed and Nancy Reagan as controlling and overly interested in astrology -- jibe with accounts by Reagan supporters.</p>
  • What's Next? [Barbra Streisand feels a Chille Wynde (tm Tim Robbins-Sarandon)]

    11/10/2003 5:06:59 PM PST · by pogo101 · 9 replies · 254+ views
    The Horse's Mouth (B.S. Website) ^ | November 10, 2003 | Barbra Streisand
    Two Sundays ago, CBS broadcast their grand 75th anniversary celebration. Audiences were reminded of the rich history of a network that has, until now, put artistic integrity and principled news above politics. From I Love Lucy to Murphy Brown in the entertainment arena and from Walter Cronkite to the impressive team behind 60 Minutes in news, we have come to depend on CBS for their high quality programming. As a wonderful recent letter to the New York Times reminded me, it was Edward R. Murrow of CBS who stood up to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s, "a genuinely risky...
  • Reagan flick puts liberals in spin

    11/10/2003 10:01:35 AM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 103+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 10 2003
    It is simply astounding that some people are spinning the Reagan movie controversy as a censorship issue. The usual left-wing suspects are screaming that 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 one of the fierce assaults that have become so familiar whenever the right wants to scare the media." And Barbra Streisand, an increasingly amusing presence, said, "This is censorship pure and simple." One wonders if The Times and La Streisand would react the same...
  • 'Reagans' flap: Conservative turning point?

    11/10/2003 9:30:18 AM PST · by arual · 29 replies · 227+ views
    USA Today ^ | November 10, 2003 | Michael Medved
    <p>The recent battle over the CBS miniseries The Reagans simultaneously demonstrates the American right's new media power and its lingering sense of persecution and impotence. On the one hand, conservatives flexed their muscles with a stunning mobilization of public protest to force the network to cancel plans to broadcast the series in its mid-November "sweeps" period.</p>
  • Coming Soon: The Real Reagan Story

    11/10/2003 3:42:21 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 133+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/10/03 | Limbacher
    CBS may have dumped its slanderous miniseries "The Reagans" onto Showtime, where it will be seen uncut, but the real Reagan story is now in the works. According to the New York Post, the Republican National Committee is planning a new documentary series, expected to be titled the "Real Reagans," which will feature news clips and other historic film clips showing President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, instead of made-up quotes and liberal actors such as Barbra Streisand's husband and a leftist Australian actress playing the former president and Mrs. Reagan. The Post reports that a release date for...
  • CBS chief denies pressure led to 'Reagans' cancellation

    11/10/2003 2:35:38 PM PST · by Onelifetogive · 12 replies · 127+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 11/10/2003 | Worldnetdaily
    Did CBS chairman Leslie Moonves cave in to political and economic pressure when he canceled 'The Reagans' miniseries? The network honcho vehemently rejects the suggestion, calling it an "absolute lie." "It was a moral decision, not an economic or a political one," Moonves stressed in an interview with Daily Variety. "And I don't know how more plainly I can state that." A network statement issued last week following the cancellation of the controversial miniseries similarly insisted the decision had nothing to do with the backlash from Reagan supporters. "This decision is based solely on our reaction to seeing the final...
  • CBS dancing to Republican tune

    11/10/2003 11:11:34 AM PST · by holymoly · 59 replies · 232+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Nov. 9, 2003 | ANTONIA ZERBISIAS
    CBS dancing to Republican tune ANTONIA ZERBISIAS I'm thinking of having the above photo retaken in order to show the drywall embedded in my forehead. It's a wonder I stopped bashing my head long enough to eke out this column. It's been that kind of week. First, there was CBS's dumping of its sweeps period biopic The Reagans after a right wing-organized backlash, and then, at Thursday's Canadian Journalists For Free Expression awards dinner, I got into a surreal argument with a TV network foreign affairs producer who made the outrageous claim that the U.S. never lied about its motives...
  • Imagine a frightening world, where all information comes from one source

    11/09/2003 3:38:30 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 22 replies · 117+ views
    The Machete' of Truth's Blog of Truth ^ | Sunday, November 9, 2003 | The Machete' of Truth
    Imagine a frightening world, where all information comes from one source. The people, little more than gray mice, are fed kernels of "truth" which have been processed through a network of like-minded disseminators. Facts become facts based on the will of the source, and the acceptance by the gray mice. And that acceptance is a given. Welcome to the world we used to live in, and all of us were initially indoctrinated to passively accept. Accept the word of the disseminators. They know, we don't; They emit, we absorb. Likeminded filters of reality, providing validity to the perceptions of the...