|The Breed's Hill Gazette November 2009|
Who is Killing American History? Episode II
By Dan Shippey & Michael Burns
2nd of a 3 part series
Headquarters 7:00 PM. I went looking for a killer; instead I found a
thousand suspects with a thousand smoking guns all holed up in
News programs, history-themed cable channels, movies and books all fall under the heading of Entertainment. These are the diversions we choose or choose not to engage in during our free time. It seemed to be an unlikely place to find our killer/s. Entertainment is provided for willing consumers with profit as the bottom line. If the killing had occurred here it would likely be negligent homicide, not murder 1. Or so I thought.
The shelves are full of books about
“The Founding Fathers did lead
the war for independence from
By this thinking the whole eight years of war was unnecessary;
But hey that’s just Howard Zinn. True, his book does not contain the same footnotes or references to original sources that any high school term paper must include, but who needs that when you are the best selling book on American history? There are other books available, and even with the Zinn disciples like Ray Raphael adding their books to the deconstructionist pile, only a little over half of American adults read one book a year, and the majority read fiction. So how effective a killer can written history be? Still, we should take note that Zinn’s DNA has now shown up at two crime scenes.
Moving on, we find Cable TV channels that feature history, such as
A&E, History (Previously known as The History Channel), Military
History and Discovery Channel. They can’t be history killers right?
After all, they make money showing history documentaries, at least
in between episodes of Ice Road Truckers and Shark Week. They cannot
be held responsible if some of the documentaries they air are
inaccurate. I mean it’s not like they have a political agenda right?
History (the former History Channel) for instance is owned by A&E,
which in turn is owned by Hearst, Disney and NBC (General Electric)
all well known for being totally politically neutral. Ok, maybe they
have some political leanings. Maybe it isn’t by accident that every
year a new heartwarming documentary on
Movies are still
good right? Let’s see, movies made in the last 15 years featuring
the founding of
I could go on about TV news and how often they get history wrong, but why bother? I found signs of a struggle here in entertainment, but not the same level of violence as in academia. The worst offences in entertainment occur when academia touches entertainment in books and documentaries. The most disturbing thing I found here was the apathy. While academia was fighting American Foundational history every way they could, entertainment just didn’t care. They stood by with their hands in their pockets (or our pockets) and watched as history was beaten to the ground. Possibly the greatest storytellers of all time, with the most amazing tools and technology at their disposal, and they never seem to find the central American story worth telling.I had one stop left in my investigation, the home. What would I find there?
Next episode: THE WAR AT HOME.
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