Killing Us Softly With His Song, Ken Burns, is not a Devil Ray

Gather round my children, I have a story to tell… And the end result will be 15 hours of mind-numbing boredom. Ken Burns new documentry about the Second World War airs this week and if you need to get to sleep early and can bear the tedium, well, go right ahead. Burns is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with PBS (and yes, NPR) in that his intellectual digestive tract produces nothing but a trite gruel. He’s even edited the cursing out of this program, so as not to offend. Indeed, what could possibly be offensive about war? The “Commemorative Cans of Budweiser” (part of the film’s marketing package) sound cool, though. Burns recently called his film a “bottom-up version of history” so I guess the marketing tie makes sense. We’ll take the beer, thanks.

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