Ken Burns Excuses Media Covering Up 'Distracting' 'Gotcha Things' for JFK and FDR

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<p><em>More in the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/09/22/ken-burns-excuses-…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC's NewsBusters blog. </em></p><p>In an interview with Ken Burns on Sunday's web-based <em>Meet the Press</em> feature <em>Press Pass</em>, moderator Chuck Todd asked the historian and film-maker about his PBS documentary on the Roosevelts: "It's amazing what the press didn't cover....I mean, and if they had, obviously it could have changed history." Burns responded: <br /><br />It could. But <strong>I think we focus too much</strong> – we presume that because there was a gentleman's agreement to turn off the cameras as he [FDR] started to stand up or when he started to sit down, that we know less....<strong>"Wasn't that quaint an arrangement? They sort of looked the other way when JFK did that or they, you know, didn't really notice Franklin Roosevelt's illness."</strong> They actually did and they actually knew more and had better and more intimate access to power, and that's an important thing.</p>

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