[Marxism] Fwd: Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing | Public Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 15 17:26:59 MDT 2017

When Karl Marlantes takes the screen during the new PBS film series The 
Vietnam War, he says coming home was nearly as traumatic as the war 
itself. Later, he describes being assaulted by protesters at the 
airport, invoking the image of spat-on Vietnam veterans, an image that 
Los Angeles Times editorial writer Michael McGough said in 2012 was 
based on a myth. An edifying myth, McGough called it, but still a myth.
With The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have created a film that 
rehashes some old, tired tropes. In doing so, they distort what 
soldiers, veterans, and antiwar activists alike know about the war and 
its aftermath, especially inside the United States.


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