PEARL HARBOR -24 HOURS OF HISTORICAL GUESSWORK
Having read the NYT's glowing review of the History channel’s “Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After,” my husband suggested we watch it. I wish I had not. Court TV could not have attempted a more sensationalist approach. The report was filled with conjectures and unwarranted conclusions. The historians "knew" what Roosevelt felt, thought and dreamed, yes, dreamed. They "knew" the sinus treatment he received and they knew that Missy Lehand tried to commit suicide because he failed to return her call weeks earlier.
If that was not bad enough, there were inane comparisons to 9/11 and the Civil War not to mention one between London during the blitz and Washington.
Yes, Roosevelt made an effective speech but the country was NOT divided. One gadfly senator is not that difficult to overcome and the Republicans immediately closed ranks behind a muscular response. Moreover, I found the constant preoccupation with the president's disability tasteless. A man is more than his legs. The mainstream understood that much. Heck, during those long lost golden days, reporters even put country above scoops.
All in all, badly done, my fellow historians, badly done!
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