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Oliver Stone “History” Rebutted

On March 30, 2013, at the national conference of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, held at the Washington, D.C. Marriott-Wardman Park Hotel, AIM Editor Roger Aronoff was moderator for a panel that examined Oliver Stone, as an artist and historian. Stone and Peter Kuznick, his co-author of The Untold History of the United States and his co-producer of the Showtime TV series of the same name, were honored at the conference and spoke and took questions the evening before this panel discussion took place.

The panel was organized by Dr. Peter Rollins, a former AIM Fellow who produced the AIM documentary, “Television’s Vietnam,” part one of which aired on PBS in the 1980s. Rollins, an author, former professor and Marine, with a Ph.D from Harvard, has written and taught about films in popular culture, particularly as they relate to war and politics. He was also the president of the Popular Culture Association in the 1980s.

The other panelists were Ronald Radosh and Richard Raack. Radosh is a Prof. Emeritus of the City University of New York, an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a columnist for PJ Media. He is the author or co-author of over fifteen books, including The Rosenberg File, Red Star Over Hollywood and A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel. He writes regularly for The Weekly Standard, National Review, and major newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and many others. He has been instrumental in waging a challenge to the distorted history of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.

Richard Raack wrote a Stanford Press book, Stalin’s Drive to the West, 1938-1945, published in 1995. Raack says that today’s censorship in academia is worse than scandalous, especially notable at the big name schools. He says it is just as bad among journalists who write history.

Raack taught “Analyzing the History Film” at Cal State U, East Bay, where he was involved in the creation of an M.A. program in Media and History, and has done film research for history shows on German TV, and for UK Channel 4. He did volunteer film research for the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis, and worked as a producer, consultant, sound man, film cutter, historical researcher and music composer.

You can also read the entire transcript here [1].