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The Reagans

From the reports (and remember that we haven’t yet seen the damn thing – so there’s always the chance, however unlikely, of a positive surprise) the upcoming CBS show on the Reagans looks like a piece of distasteful ahistorical trash, but the request by the Republican National Committee to allow a team of historians and friends of the Reagans to review the show is a mistake. Curiously, it runs the risk of giving the show some legitimacy (“we allowed them to review it, but we thought that their comments lacked merit”) and it also smacks far too much of political interference in a zone (TV programming) where it should never be seen.

The RNC should back off.


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