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Ken Burns: Romney's war on public TV is a loss for USA
 


5 November 2012 at 6:46:10 PM
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From usatoday.com by filmaker and historian, Ken Burns:

"The businessman presidential candidate knows the price of things, but he clearly doesn't know their value."

"In 2007, as we were preparing for the broadcast of The War, our film on how four American towns experienced World War II, I visited West Point to share some clips with cadets and discuss with them the two wars that awaited them upon graduation.

These young men and women were at most 2 or 3 years old when our film The Civil War aired on PBS in 1990. Yet many told us their decision to enter the military was inspired, in part, by that film.

Nearly 40 million people watched The Civil War during its premiere. To this day, I carry in my wallet a worn copy of the now famous letter written by Maj. Sullivan Ballou to his wife, Sarah, a week before his death in 1861 at the Battle of Bull Run: "I know how strongly American civilization now leans on the triumph of the government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing, perfectly willing, to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this government, and to pay that debt."

For many, The Civil War was a remarkable moment, a brief respite from the tension in the Middle East on the eve of the Persian Gulf War, and a chance for all of us -- North and South, blue and red -- to share and reflect on our complicated and not always easy history. It was also a public television moment."

Read the rest: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/10/09/ken-burns-romneys-war-on-public-tv-is-a-loss-for-usa/1623125/

 

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