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Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI) today joined the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Members of Congress and conservative pundits in demanding that CBS ensure that its upcoming two part mini-series "The Reagans" is an accurate portrayal of the Reagan legacy. In a letter to CBS President Leslie Moonves, Dingell wrote, "I trust that CBS will not be a party to a distorted presentation of American history."
Rep. Dingell, who served in the Congress during both of President Reaganís terms in office, offered this advice to Mr. Moonves:
"As someone who served with President Reagan, and in the interest of historical accuracy, please allow me to share with you some of my recollections of the Reagan years that I hope will make it into the final cut of the mini-series: $640 Pentagon toilets seats; ketchup as a vegetable; union busting; firing striking air traffic controllers; Iran-Contra; selling arms to terrorist nations; trading arms for hostages; retreating from terrorists in Beirut; lying to Congress; financing an illegal war in Nicaragua; visiting Bitburg cemetery; a cozy relationship with Saddam Hussein; shredding documents; Ed Meese; Fawn Hall; Oliver North; James Watt; apartheid apologia; the savings and loan scandal; voodoo economics; record budget deficits; double digit unemployment; farm bankruptcies; trade deficits; astrologers in the White House; Star Wars; and influence peddling."
Rep. Dingell concluded, "I hope you find these facts useful in accurately depicting President Reaganís time in office."
Found at TBogg's House of Whimsy.
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So now I guess we can anticipate a concerted effort by the Republicans to unseat Rep. Dingell in the next Congressional elections. Our own Russ Feingold is already on their list. Isn't there a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song about this?
elavil @ 10/31/2003 09:16 AM CST
Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock
By a cheap and chippy pollster with a big vote block!
jima @ 10/31/2003 10:32 AM CST