Accuracy in Media

Executive Summary

Ken Burns is known as a PBS documentary creator, but he is actually a significant cog in the left-wing propaganda machine.

His taxpayer supported PBS documentaries are shown in public schools across the U.S., presented to students as unvarnished fact. But are they?

Burns claims he displays neutrality in his work, but in 2008 he produced the introductory video for Senator Ted Kennedy’s Democratic National Convention speech, described by Politico as presenting Kennedy “as the modern Ulysses bringing his party home to port.” When Burns endorsed Barack Obama for the U.S. presidency he compared Obama to Abraham Lincoln.

LBJ Library photo by David Hume Kennerly

Burns sneers at the U.S., mentioning “our spurious sovereignty.” He omits the long racist history of Democrat politicians in his documentary “Congress,” not once identifying a pro-slavery congressman or senator as a Democrat. He omits the anti-abortion views of Susan B. Anthony in his feminism documentary since that did not fit the left-wing ideology he was pushing.

Burns’ productions are riddled with errors. His documentary about boxer Jack Johnson, “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson” would be more fittingly titled “Unforgivable Lack of Familiarity with his Subject.” His “Baseball” series includes errors such as film of a player supposedly pitching in a World Series who did not play for either team.

In his June, 2016, Stanford University commencement speech attacking candidate Donald Trump, Burns hit all the obligatory left-wing mantras: “As a student of history, I recognize this type…the prospect of women losing authority over their own bodies, African Americans again asked to go to the back of the line, voter suppression gleefully promoted, jingoistic saber rattling.”


Ken Burns: Student of Historyor Left-Wing Gasbag?

“More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source,” commented the late historian Stephen Ambrose. 

“Burns is not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period,” said critic David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun. “That includes feature filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I say that because Burns not only turned millions of persons onto history with his films, he showed us a new way of looking at our collective past and ourselves.”

Burns’ taxpayer-supported PBS documentaries are heavily marketed in public schools across the U.S., presented to students as unvarnished fact. But exactly what kind of “history” is Burns handing out? A careful examination shows his work is both partisan and surprisingly careless with facts.

A Democrat Partisan

Ken Burns claims, “For nearly forty years now, I have diligently practiced and rigorously maintained a conscious neutrality in my work.”

This “neutrality” includes the following: In 2008, the Democratic National Committee chose Burns to produce the introductory video for the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s Democratic National Convention speech, which, according to Politico, presented Kennedy as “the modern Ulysses bringing his party home to port.” When Kennedy died, Burns produced a eulogy video for his funeral.

When Burns endorsed Barack Obama for the U.S. presidency in December 2007, he compared Obama to Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, Burns wrote, “Like FDR, Obama has walked us back from the brink. He averted a depression, ended one war and put us on the path ending the other, rescued the auto industry…Obama has deployed the shrewd combination of speaking softly and using a big stick. Ask Bin Laden.”

In speeches, Burns sneers at the U.S., mentioning “our spurious sovereignty” and “all the distracting jingoistic talk of exceptionalism.”

Burns hammers at left-wing mantras in his documentaries, using standard and easily recognizable left-wing media techniques. He omits the long racist history of Democrat politicians in his documentary “Congress,” presenting the period just before the Civil War to the post-Reconstruction era without ever identifying a single pro-slavery congressman or senator as a Democrat. He omits the strong anti-abortion views of Susan B. Anthony in his suffrage movement documentary “Not For Ourselves Alone,” since that did not fit the left-wing ideology he was pushing.

When a white shooter killed black churchgoers in 2015, Burns said, “As most Americans were, I was stunned, shocked, reduced to tears by what had happened in Charleston and felt like all the old ghosts were all still present with all the force they’ve always had in American life.” But when a Muslim terrorist killed 50 gays in Orlando, Florida, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Burns said of Donald Trump’s advocating a temporary halt to Muslim immigration to America: “Do not think that the tragedy in Orlando underscores his points. It does not.”

In an outright falsification, Burns, who is largely dependent on taxpayer-based funding from PBS for bankrolling his work, said he hoped that 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney “doesn’t get his way, and PBS isn’t eliminated.” However, in the real world Romney never suggested that PBS be eliminated; he merely urged ending its U.S. taxpayer support.

Burns hit all the obligatory left-wing mantras in his June 12, 2016 Stanford University commencement speech, attacking candidate Donald Trump: “As a student of history, I recognize this type…the prospect of women losing authority over their own bodies, African Americans again asked to go to the back of the line, voter suppression gleefully promoted…These are all virulent strains that have at times infected us in the past…Edward R. Murrow would have exposed this naked emperor months ago. He is an insult to our history.” 

Playing to the Black Lives Matter Crowd

Often accused of obsession with race, Burns has described himself as “a privileged white man,” and once said, “Like the amputated limb felt long after it has been cut off, I miss Trayvon Martin.”

“I’ve been dealing with the question of race in every subject,” Burns admitted in an interview, and told a National Endowment for the Humanities audience, “Race percolates close to the surface in nearly every project I’ve worked on.”

In his blatantly biased documentary “Central Park Five,” Burns acts as an apologist and promoter for those convicted of the gang rape and beating in the head with a brick of a woman jogger in Central Park, presenting them as “civil rights” heroes. The attack on Trisha Meili left her in a coma for 12 days with loss of 80 per cent of her blood from deep stab wounds. Her skull had been fractured so badly that her left eye hung out of its socket. She was given last rites.

Image courtesy of The Peabody Awards

When she didn’t die, the five were sentenced, imprisoned and then eventually released. When Matias Reyes, a serial rapist and killer already serving a life term (Reyes had absolutely nothing to lose by confessing to the rape), suddenly “confessed” to being the jogger’s lone assailant, two doctors who helped save  the jogger’s life said her wounds were not consistent with his account of the attack, while one state investigator commented, “The word of a serial rapist killer is not something to be heavily relied upon.” 

But Democrat District Attorney Robert Morgenthau quickly went into action, blocking police from questioning Reyes or giving him a polygraph and ordering other inmates not to talk to any police investigators about their conversations with Reyes.

Despite strong objections from the original prosecutor, based on the doubtful new confession, Morgenthau had the New York Supreme Court vacate the convictions of “the Central Park Five,” even though in a legal oddity they never recanted their original confessions, nor did they present additional evidence contradicting the evidence that had gotten them convicted. The New York Times states that the five were “exonerated,” a false statement since they would have to stand trial and be declared not guilty in order to be exonerated. Instead their sentences were simply vacated.

In his heavily slanted “documentary,” Burns never used hours of interviews he filmed with state investigators and others who pointed to extensive evidence that the group was guilty. Burns said his purpose in making the video was to get the five men a financial settlement. According to New York writer Nicholas Stix, Burns “simply airbrushed every fact that incriminates the defendants out of the movie.”

Later, working in tandem with Burns’ campaign for the five, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio handed “the Central Park Five” over $40 million for “wrongful imprisonment.” At the time, businessman Donald Trump bought newspaper ads calling the settlement a “disgrace.” Today Burns’ heavily biased documentary is shown extensively in U.S. public schools, promoting “white guilt” in impressionable students, with PBS promoting it as “a revealing portrait of one of our nation’s most egregious miscarriages of justice.”

Ignoring the legal oddity that the assailants were never proved innocent, Ken Burns tweeted: “Apparently Mr. Trump is unfamiliar with the concept of wrongful conviction.”

“They should be very thankful I wasn’t mayor because they wouldn’t have gotten a dime,” Trump said.

Meanwhile Trisha Meili lives today, making occasional speeches on coping with head trauma.

Living Off Taxpayers

PBS receives taxpayer funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also gives money to member stations around the country to buy programs such as Burns’ films. Private and corporate donors also support PBS programs. Its executives are well paid, with PBS CEO Paula Kerger, an avid fundraiser, receiving $779,954 in salary in 2012. After the programs are produced, PBS aggressively promotes extensive marketing of its videos. 

Although its charter requires strict non-partisan programming, PBS has long been criticized for its liberal slant. For example, PBS repeatedly runs fawning documentaries on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro while refusing to run Cuban-American filmmaker Agustin Blazquez’ documentaries on Castro’s atrocities, causing Cuban-American political commentator Humberto Fontova to comment sarcastically, “Seems that if Agustin Blazquez wants assistance from PBS or the American Film Institute, he’ll first need a glowing reference letter from Fidel Castro.”

In his 14-hour World War II film, “The War,” Burns completely ignored contributions of Hispanic veterans, who have won more Medals of Honor than any other ethnic group in proportion to their numbers involved. When outraged Hispanic groups asked private donors Anheuser-Busch and General Motors Corp. to end their sponsorship of the film, Burns insisted that re-editing the film was out of the question, with PBS defending him in the name of artistic freedom. Eventually some mention of Hispanic soldiers was added.

Author and journalist Raoul Lowery Contreras points out that Burns also ignored Hispanics in his special PBS series, “The Civil War,” although two of the very first Civil War Medal of Honor recipients were Hispanic. He similarly ignored Hispanics in “The Roosevelts,” even though Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite company commander, Maximiliano Luna, led the charge of Company A up San Juan Hill.

Sloppy and Careless

In “How Ken Burns Murdered Jazz,” critic Jeffrey St. Clair writes, “Burns doesn’t really like music. In the 19 hours of film, he never lets one song play to completion, anywhere near completion. Yet there is a constant chatter riding on top of the music…In a film supposedly about music, the music itself has been relegated to the background.”

Burns’ “Jazz,” contains a host of shortcomings, including further demonstration of Burns’ apparent lack of affinity for Hispanics with his complete omission of Latin Jazz from the 19-hour film, over-reliance on Louis Armstrong, dismissal of jazz after 1960 and the slighting of Bill Evans, Miles Davis’ influential pianist, possibly due to Burns’ narrator Stanley Crouch’s long history of animosity toward Davis. Alex W. Rodriguez writes, “Ken Burns’ Jazz ultimately does a disservice to the jazz community because it presents such an inaccurate, flawed, rigid, politically biased framework.”

In his productions, Burns often displays a puzzling carelessness with facts—for example, giving boxer Jack Johnson’s conqueror Jess Willard’s age as 27 and weight as 250—when in reality Willard’s age was 33 and his weight 238 when he dethroned Johnson. These are facts that any student could easily look up. Burns’ “Baseball,” includes errors such as film of a pitcher supposedly pitching in a World Series who did not play for either team. The blog, “So many mistakes in Ken Burns Baseball,” lists many more.

When PBS viewers complained about Burns’ choice of documented plagiarists Mike Barnicle and Doris Kearns Goodwin as narrators for his baseball sequel, “The Tenth Inning,” PBS ombudsman Michael Getler defended Burns’ choice: “We all, of course, make mistakes, and most of us, I think, believe in redemption and second chances.”

Boston writer Mark Leccese didn’t agree: “The ombudsman for PBS nonchalantly classifies plagiarism as a mistake most of us are ready to forgive. Not so fast…Plagiarizing is one of the most immoral things a journalist can do. It involves not only the theft of someone else’s work, but the deliberate deception of readers…I do object ‘loudly’ to the ombudsman for PBS brushing off plagiarism as a mistake we should stand ready to forgive and forget.”

Punched Out and Down for the Count

A typical example would be Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary on heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, “Unforgivable Blackness,” which could be more fittingly titled “Unforgivable Lack of Familiarity with his Subject,” complete with conveniently omitted facts, wrong picture descriptions and a parade of “experts” with little or no background in the subject.

In an amusing display of utter cluelessness, Burns presents Johnson and a sparring partner in a reversed film clip with both fighters working away in “southpaw” stances, each with his right foot and right arm out in front, a laughable mistake obvious at a glance to anyone familiar with the most basic techniques of boxing.

Burns’ narration includes actor Samuel L. Jackson speaking as Johnson, reading from Johnson’s autobiography in a drawn out southern drawl with often excruciatingly lengthened vowels. Apparently ‘historian’ Burns couldn’t be bothered to find Johnson’s real voice, easily available in recordings (1914, 1929, 1944) where Johnson speaks in a strongly articulated, rather educated-sounding and decidedly non-Southern manner with traces of a New York-New Jersey accent, pronouncing the er sound as oi (“say a few woids,” “foity years ago”).

In a special feature, Burns’ expert Randy Roberts demonstrates Johnson’s supposed fighting stance, holding his chin up high with his entire throat and the point of his chin completely exposed, a position no competent boxer of any style would use. Keep your chin down, Randy. 

Beating the racial drums, Burns goes into paroxysms over Johnson’s fight with former champion Jim Jeffries including the strange comment, “In the minds of most white Americans this boxing match would decide whose country America really was.” Those familiar with boxing know as a boxing match this bout had little significance, with a long retired, bloated Jeffries who hadn’t fought for six years, losing over 100 pounds in a short period of time and having no warm up fights to see if he could even beat a mediocre fighter. Yet it took Johnson in his prime 15 rounds to beat the shell of Jeffries.

Eager to present Johnson as a black mistreated by white society, Burns avoids the real story of Johnson as a fighter—that he disgraced himself and his heavyweight championship by refusing to fight his most dangerous challenger, fellow black fighter Sam Langford, rated by RING magazine founder Nat Fleischer as one of the 10 best heavyweights in history. Johnson blocked him from his chance at the title.

In a blatant falsehood ignoring Langford’s existence, expert Gerald Early smugly comments, “Johnson was on top of the world athletically after he beat Jim Jeffries. There was no one on the horizon.” Meanwhile, Langford rates only three sentences and not even a still photograph during the 3 hour and 25 minute “documentary.”

Laying his hard sell of Johnson on thick, Burns repeatedly runs films at the wrong speed in order to make other fighters look ridiculous. He conveniently omits anything which would make Johnson look bad, such as his loss to Marvin Hart which disqualified him from a chance at the title earlier in his career. In a childish attempt to denigrate a later champion, Joe Louis, Burns shows two very short clips, first of Louis getting hit with punches by a sparring partner followed by the last seconds of his only loss before winning the title, to Max Schmeling. Of course Burns’ transparent attempt to tear down Louis omits that Louis won 23 of 27 title fights by knockout, and knocked out Schmeling in the first round in their rematch.

Other Burns “experts” are the clownish Bert Sugar, making grotesque faces and stabbing at the camera with his cigar, and actor James Earl Jones, whose qualifications were that he played Johnson in a stage play. Stanley Crouch, Burns’ heavily criticized expert from his Jazz documentary, appears here as a boxing expert and sums up, explaining that the way Johnson wore his hat “was perfect” and that “Johnson is there with people like Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong. These whole main guys. These guys whom you couldn’t figure out.”

This accumulation of errors, bias and twisting of facts does not end with its circulation to PBS viewers. PBS sells the video to schools, complete with a study course where Burns instructs that “Any serious study of American history engages the study of race and the monumental hypocrisy born at our founding.” Teachers are directed to have students write essays “to explore historical influence on American life, including race and racism.”


Ken Burns’ reputation is that of a PBS documentary creator, but as his works show, he is actually a significant cog in the left-wing propaganda machine. His partisan agenda is only matched by his carelessness with the facts.

The new Trump administration should consider pulling the plug on left-wing propaganda and inaccurate programs masquerading as “documentaries.”

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  • Answer: left-wing gasbag.

    Morgenthau, de Blasio, the New York Times and Ken Burns covered themselves with shame by promoting lies about the Central Park Five, who, in addition to being rightfully convicted for their participation in gang rape, brutally assaulted other park-goers on the same night. Kudos to Trump for having the singular courage to out their lies.

    The inhumanity of the “Five’s” advocates extended to humiliating Melli on the very week she released her memoir, which was the story of her recovery, not the assault, which she did not remember.

    Morgenthau’s politically-motivated suppression of the facts should have earned him disbarment, if not a prison sentence.

    Recall, too, that Al Sharpton committed grotesque libel and incited violence against Melli. Mobs of his followers chased the rape victim to and from court: she required security guards and unmarked vans to protect her from Sharpton’s violent mobs, who were literally trying to lynch her on New York streets.

    Ken Burns is a buffoon and liar. He committed lynching denial in his documentary, which is now shilled as history to schoolchildren through PBS. That act alone merits defunding. Unfortunately, nobody in Congress is courageous enough to act.

  • Oddjob

    His career civil war doc was boring as s—. Did not even get thru first episode.

  • Ted

    In his day and in his place, Jesus was a radical leftist, one of the first hippies, and DEFINITELY a ‘Socialist’ … but all you Goppers still love him, don’t you?

    In today’s vernacular, don’t you think there were plenty of GOP-like people around Judea and Galilee back then who considered Jesus to be a gas-bag?

  • Steve Burstein

    “Central Park Five” was so manipulative it made me want to tear my hair out. And a relative yelled at me when I gave my opinion: “The cops were all racist!!!” They got millions and the poor Guilford Four and Birmingham Six got nothing.

  • sox83cubs84

    He’s not just a libtard; he’s an East Coast elitist as well. His “Baseball” documentary was hailed by critics, but found by many fans (including me) to focus on baseball in New York, Boston and Philadelphia and all but ignore the rest of the nation, particularly the Midwest and South. If I wanted East Coast bias by the left, I’d watch ESPN (which I only rarely do these days).

  • Prudence

    12-16-16 No. They considered Him much worse since they felt He threatened them and their hierarchy of prominence and influence (much like today’s politicians) .
    Also, Jesus was not a leftist, a socialist, nor a hippie,although some of His words were perceived as radical since the “establishment” had eroded so far from where originally begun.
    There are many more informed and articulate sources that anyone truly interested
    in the truth could use to increase their information.
    IF you truly want to learn truth you might try Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace, (the New) Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, Case for Christ by Lee Strobel,or depending on level of intellect Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis or The God Who is There (or others he has written) by Francis Schaeffer
    or many other are available.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Arne Steinberg, a wingnut gasbag and hack, dishonestly neglects to mention that DNA evidence connected Reyes to the rape.

    In the real world, Arne Steinberg and his father are as likely suspects in the crime as the Five are. But Arne has his vapid little racist right-wing song to sing, so he sings it. Eat a bag of salted dicks, Arne. You know you want to.

  • Yes, long after the fact, DNA evidence connected Reyes to the rape. But with a life sentence at that point for other brutal crimes, he had nothing to lose and much to gain by shilling the false claim, years later, that he alone committed the assault.

    The confessions of the Five were consistent with an older man — not part of the group — actually leading the gang rape while the boys confessed only to participating in various ways that would not necessarily leave DNA. This is a common outcome of multiple offender rapes.

    So you choose to believe Reyes, a sick predator and torturer of women and confirmed courtroom liar, who was given an avalanche of support and free counsel by leftists for lying about the assault of a nearly-murdered woman?

    I’d cower behind a fake name too.

  • Bill Jefferson

    Another leftist parasite who will soon be pulled off the taxpayer teat.
    I can’t wait.

  • Susan

    PBS and Ken Burns are just part of the Narrative of the NWO—to progress us into their NWO of total slavery. For Freedom, we need the hard truth and all PBS does is control all the perceptions of the stupid masses—all based on lies and misinformation so we will lose our Freedom and just remain irrational (dumb). Same with public skools—all for brainwashing the children, so they have tribal, ignorant mindsets—only able to “group-(non)-think” and parrot with no ability for critical thinking. All Classical Christian curricula–that which led to Free Will and Individualism (US Constitution)–is being ERASED–on purpose. Individualism is incompatible with collectives and socialized slave cultures so the ideas of the White Christian male are being demonized and erased for a Marxist utopia of total dehumanization–no individuality/freedom at all. Kumbaya New Age religion of One Mind. LOL

  • Susan

    Jesus was a radical but he was NOT a socialist which groups people and ignores individuality. Jesus created the concepts of Free Will and Individualism–the first time in HISTORY where people had to care for EVERYONE, no matter what ethnic group, or label—-which is individualism, never socialism which kills and destroys individuals and enslaves people by grouping them. It is always tyranny of the majority over the minority who never have rights in their systems. It is why Marxism is so evil; individuals never matter–they can be killed or destroyed for the “good” of the whole. Jesus gave dignity and worth to the individual and made using any person, no matter if poor or a leper or women, as a Means to an End was evil

    Marxism/Socialism uses human beings as a Means to an End and there is no such thing as “group” salvation. Basis of US Constitution is individual Natural Rights from God—a Christian-only concept, and antithetical to group/collective “thought” which is always irrational. Christianity created the Age of Reason and Modern Science and the US Constitution because it is rational–to treat each individual with dignity and worth simply because they are made in the image of God. True Christianity always unites—where Marxism/Socialists force human beings into groups to create hate and divide. It is why they dehumanize everyone with labels for vulgar sex-acts—to dehumanize and destroy civilizations (corrupt children).

  • Poptoy1949

    Left Wing Gas Bag.

  • disqus_ATdC4CSy4Y

    Please keep me posted.

    I’m interested in Steinberg’s response to his fan club below at :

    From : MoeLarryAndJesus

    Arne Steinberg, a wingnut gasbag and hack, dishonestly neglects to mention that DNA evidence connected Reyes to the rape.In the real world, Arne Steinberg and his father are as likely suspects in the crime as the Five are. But Arne has his vapid little racist right-wing song to sing, so he sings it. Eat a bag of salted dicks, Arne. You know you want to

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Oh, sure, like Tina Trent is a real name. Just like Lois Lane or Lana Lang.

    Meanwhile the only reason you insist the Five are still guilty is because you’re a shill for your White Nationalist Fuhrer, Hair Trump. DIAF.

  • laser

    MoeLarryAndJesus’ real name is Marx Soros Alinsky Jarrett Sharpton.

  • eric

    Being briefed by this political FBI or CIA is almost worthless to Donald Trump and his new administration . Just as PBS , The weekly reader , The US Embassy’s or even the U.S.militiary actions and the mainstream media’s understandings of these actions do not represent the feelings of the majority of the people in the 2500 counties that won this election . We believe we have been lied to more often than not . We even believe we have been fighting wars on the wrong side more often than not . We want Trump to appoint a supreme court that will over turn and declare all political correct Bull s–t illegal . You don’t seem to believe we want change from the establishment way of doing things . We don’t like the establishment , not the democrat establishment and not the republican establishment , they both can go to hell , but they can forget about taking us with them . We are a Christian country we believe the instructions of our fathers were more correct than your political correct lies .

  • Winston the Dog

    Just hearing Burns talk makes me want to slit my own throat. The preening narcissistic moralizing. Ugh. Paradigmatic Pajama Boy.

    And some one should tell him…. The Negro Leagues weren’t the Prime Cause and Mover of Baseball. It worked the other way around.

  • Winston the Dog

    The comparison of the voice of Jack Johnson with that minstrel Samuel Jackson’s ceaseless one note wolf ticket rage….


  • Winston the Dog

    I keep hearing that fracking hanky-dory piano in the background every time a liberal opens his mouth. And then I wait for the body count.

  • Winston the Dog

    Can’t you see de Blasio and Burns sharing a Manhattan apartment in another remake of The Odd Couple written by Tony Kushner?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Liberals work from a crib sheet. There’s a small list of to do items they have to cover which form a lens through which every ‘fact’ every thought every idea has to be filtered and vetted. America is a terrible place, white people outside of Boston are racist, capitalism is a moral evil and economic failure, all history is stained by the existence of white people.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    laser’s real name is loser.

  • nicholasstix

    If you had an honest bone in your body, you’d have acknowledged that Tina Trent was a legendary true crime writer, long before Donald Trump ever ran for office.

  • yearnd

    I love Burn’s productions,, especially the old film footage, I simply tune out the Left wing drivel laid over the stuff I really like. It is also a way to illustrate to my family how the left wing propaganda machine operates.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Legendary? In her own mind?

    Ann Rule’s vagina is better known.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    She works with Cliff Kincaid. She’s human garbage with a Nazi stink about her.

  • nicholasstix

    Non sequitur alert!

    You obviously have no idea how mind-numbingly stupid you sound.

    Nicholas Stix, Uncensored

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    Wherein a fool who signs all of his posts “Nicholas Stix, Uncensored” calls me stupid and I laugh.

    Nicholas Stix was the first transsexual elf, right?

  • JimmyBgood

    I don’t trust anyone that uses the same barber as Pete Rose.

  • look_later223

    I enjoyed Ken Burns documentary on WWII, The Civil War, and The History of Jazz (I think he did that one). But he obviously, as an elitist, he has no clue about the real world.

  • grayjohn

    Student of gas

  • Deplorable

    > When a white shooter killed black churchgoers in 2015, Burns said, “As most Americans were, I was stunned, shocked, reduced to tears by what had happened in Charleston and felt like all the old ghosts were all still present with all the force they’ve always had in American life.” But when a Muslim terrorist killed 50 gays in Orlando, Florida, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Burns said of Donald Trump’s advocating a temporary halt to Muslim immigration to America: “Do not think that the tragedy in Orlando underscores his points. It does not.”

    I think you’re missing the underlying principle. He didn’t support halting white immigration when a white person shot people, so it is not surprising at all that he didn’t support halting muslim immigration when a muslim man shot people. He condemns both shootings. He doesn’t want to ban anyone from immigrating into this country. You seem to be implying that his two comments were contradictory, but I don’t see it.

  • Jose Lopez

    Accuracy Media another Right Wing conspiracy theorist channel who are too sensitive to their own criticism. Hey is Fox News blowing or is it the Breibart Report. To accuse Ken Burns as a left wing propagandist is like I believe you own entire bullshit. I just love these right wing media always playing themselves as victims. Hey you guys are still in power in many institutions you never lost. Obama being in the White House for the last 8 years was not your end. Executive power is just of the three branches of government.

  • Jose Lopez

    Hey would you tell why are more black people arrested by the police than Latinos and White people or why are there more black people in prison. Legalizing pot may help in lowering their numbers but that just me.

  • Stress Belden

    Ken Burns is a ward of the PBS broadcast system.

    He is unable to sustain himself.

    Why he has so much hate…and hates America, I have no idea.

    I cannot read people’s minds.

    Maybe, he thinks he is being sophisticated. a deep thinker.

    Burns is neither.

    But the problem is not Burns….it is PBS…..the much bigger picture.

    PBS has a continual history of left wing spewing forth lies/semi lies.

    PBS needs to be eliminated.

    Life will go on for Americans.

    PBS is not…not quality television.

  • Pond Guard

    Burns is part of the Left Wing thought police.

    Civil War = Good because the cracker and violent white male headcount was reduced.
    Lincoln = Good despite being a Republican because he threw out the Constitution and paved the way to an imperial federal government for progressives starting with TR to the present day.
    National Parks = Good because the feds seizing state lands is fun.
    Roosevelts = Good because federal overreach, socialism and entitlements have bankrupted us.
    Not political but the Baseball series at one point was all about the Yanks and Red Sox. The great Stan Musial was barely mentioned.

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  • Steve Burstein

    I’m going to make a point not to watch Burns’ VIETNAM. Once again, the tragedy of Vietnam will have been the US presence there, not the crimes of the Hanoi government or the Viet Cong!

  • Steelychan420

    Sounds like you should do your own documentary since you’re so well versed on this subject! Wait, what did you say your qualifications were again?

  • Steelychan420

    I think you should all probably replace your tinfoil hats, it sounds like they’re starting to chafe! (:

  • Person223

    They can read the history. History, again and again, shows leftists are wrong.

  • Person223

    It’s when the Trump administration is here that it is time to talk about Viet Nam, but not during the 8 years of Obama. It’s like all these monuments that were there all during the Obama administration. Only now are they a problem. Just like this rubbish about the Civil War monuments, this Viet Nam documentary is just there to pick at old wounds. It would have never seen the light of day if Hillary had been elected. I bet it entirely ignores the corruption of LBJ because the wrong doing of leftists must be buried at all costs.

  • Person223

    I like national parks as much as the next person, but it is way overboard. Protecting Yosemite is one thing, but having half to 85% (depending on the specific western state) owned by the federal government is just insane. The people in states anywhere east of Montana don’t understand what a PITA this is since not one of those states have more than a few percent of the land owned by the federal government. They see it as mere whining on our part out west, but they don’t have to live with the same reality.

  • Person223

    The only quality stuff on PBS comes out of the UK and her commonwealth countries.

  • Steve Burstein

    Of course, everybody who watches PBS knows that America owes it to the Hippies for everything good about the post-50s US, that if it weren’t for them and other protestors we’d all be living in an old black and white industrial training film!

  • Steverino

    Gasbag. In his “Jazz” series, he gives very little credit to White jazz pioneers and pretty much asserts that Blacks invented it and made it what it was. Other races were left out of the mix as well. Sickening.

  • Sam Houston

    Idiotic comment – ignore.

  • Brumley Prunk

    Re:Jazz: Oh, he did it all right- he did it in.

  • Fred

    Bill Nye – a perfect comparison.

  • Steve Burstein

    It’s turning out to be more even-handed than I thought it would be. Even George Will likes it.