A STATEMENT from ICUJP: NO EMMY FOR KEN BURNS "VIETNAM" DISINFORMATION
Last fall, PBS and Ken Burns presented an 18-hour documentary series, "The Vietnam War." At the time, Veterans for Peace and other anti-war groups stated their objections to many elements of the series, finding that it contained too many half-truths, distortions and omissions to qualify as an honest history of the war and of the turmoil it caused on the American home front.
This spring, Burns and PBS began a campaign to win an Emmy award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. As longtime opponents of the Vietnam War, and other American military disasters, ICUJP joins Veterans for Peace in publicly expressing our sincere belief that Ken Burns' "Vietnam" series is unworthy of the Television Academy's highest honor.
We acknowledge that Burns and co-director Lynn Novick are extremely skillful filmmakers, but we respectfully ask the Academy to consider whether "The Vietnam War" meets the documentary standards of accuracy and truthfulness. If we don't face the full truth of the Vietnam War, we will continue to allow our government to lead us into moral and military catastrophes, as it already has in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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One of the reasons the war went on so long is that there was easy money to be made and quick promotions to be had.