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The People’s History Channel

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Posted on December 14 2009 12:30 pm
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Exhausted after a full day of kayak fishing in the waters off Green Island in the Lower Laguna Madre, I plopped down on the floor and crossed my legs under the coffee table  in front of the TV.  I stared at the laptop for a moment, then opened it and pressed the “On” button.  Roused from hibernation, the laptop displayed what I had last seen – a reminder to watch “The People Speak” on The History Channel.

Ugh.

I had done a little research weeks ago on Howard Zinn and his pseudocumentary, so my expectations were rather low.  Still, tired though I was, I felt compelled to watch.

I was able to endure fifteen minutes.

It was the presentation that irked me the most.  The presentation of Zinn as a latter-day prophet/patriot. The presentation of multimillionaire elitist Hollywood actors as purveyors of some Higher Truth, as though we in the audience are unaware of the fact that they made their millions by being very convincing liars.  Lying is what actors do, after all.  The more convincing the lie, the better the “performance.”

The venue was very disturbing, too. Zinn walked out on the stage, it was reminiscent of a Lewis Black performance I watched recently.  I thought, “This is a program about American history?”  It seemed so…inappropriate.  This was not a serious take on American history from various perspectives.  This was a revisionist historian’s point of view channeled by contemporary Hollywood icons.

It’s just so odd.  The preferred method of delivery for leftists seems to be canned (telepromptered) monologue from an elevated stage to a hand-picked audience of sycophants – Jon Stewart, The View, Oprah, MSNBC.  Appropriate for them, perhaps, but not for a serious presentation of American history.
Where were the readings from Ayn Rand? Edmund Burke? Or the innumerable quotes from the Founding Fathers expressing passion unequaled for Liberty?
Zinn is entitled to his leftist view of American history. If the deans at our colleges and universities want to fill the minds of their impressionable freshmen with his  propaganda, that’s their prerogative as long as leftists rule academia. But the producers at the History Channel should know better.

What a shame.  I used to love watching the History Channel.  I have no interest in watching its newest iteration – the People’s History Channel.  Fifteen minutes was all I could take.

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