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September 23, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 23, 2008 |

Who doesn’t love Ken Burns? Actually, I don’t. I mean: I respect the guy, and — in theory — I love his documentaries. Or, rather, I would if I ever watched them. But, I’m a goddamn plebe, and Ken Burns tends to make my eye balls float like a pregnant lady searching for a bathroom. I actually own his entire Baseball documentary (all 10 discs), but I haven’t been able to get past the 1920s. I appreciate the drama he brings to zooming in on still photography, but I need a healthy amount of b-roll material to keep me involved. What can I say? I like my documentaries rife with agitprop.

Still, that doesn’t change my opinion of Burns as a historian — he’s awesome for making history appealing to the masses, if by “masses” you mean geriatrics bored with National Geographic reruns. And, since Ken Burns makes television documentaries, he’s Pajiba subject material, and since he’s also a historian, he’s uniquely qualified to talk about politics, which is the excuse I’m using to run this quote from Burns at a panel discussion at Fordham University:

“(McCain) selected someone who is so supremely unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and he has turned the selection process into a high school popularity contest and an ‘American Idol’ competition,” Burns said. He said that McCain made a “cynical” pick in what he said was the most important decision of his presidential candidacy.

Who knew Burns even knew what “American Idol” was? I’ve long agreed with the statement, though I’ve always thought Palin was a Sanjaya Malakar “vote for the worst” candidate, because wouldn’t it be fun to elect a crazy creationist who thinks that a girl who is raped by her father shouldn’t be allowed an abortion to be next-in-line for the most powerful position in the country! Hey! But she can see Russia from Alaska. But, then again, Tyler Thigpen can see the endzone from his own 20 yard-line, but that doesn’t make him qualified to be a quarterback.

Ken Burns Hates Sarah Palin!

Join the Club, Buddy / Chop Meth Palin

Industry | September 23, 2008 |

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