No, not morons, they just don't care about accuracy. I am convinced that
frequently they KNOW they are making incorrect statements, but do so
because it makes a better or more exciting feature. These guys are
video producers, not historians. They do not have a historian's sense
It is an old trick in fiction to make a story better by claiming,
swearing that it is true. I find History Channel, Discovery Channel,
TLC, and NG all doing this on their supposedly non-fiction productions.
It has been a trend in Hollywood too, in recent decades, to produce a
fiction movie in the style of a news story or documentary.
We as a society are starting to be unable to tell fact from fiction.
And I suspect few these days even care :-(
Im not sure all Historians have a sense of ethics, a lot come up with
ideas(later proved to be wrong) that are rushed to print to further there
ability to sell books, lecture, appear on TV etc, all to make money.
And what of the English "Historian" recently given 5 years in an Austrian
prision for claiming the holocaust never happened. When any right minded
person should know what went on
Im sure the history and discovery channel are giving there intial (US)
audiance exactly what they want to hear, we did it First, best, fastest,
more expensivly than the rest of the world, I watch a lot of these channels,
and am always left with the impression that the only participants in WW2
were the Japs Germans and the USA and USSR, Hardly any other mention of
others when in fact 16 nations fought in the italian campaign on the allies
side. Korea the same, Vietnam ditto, GW1.
Or even too produce a movie based on true events, then completely twist the
truth so they can get in a big name movie star or appeal to an American
Great Escape(Steve McQ), bridge on the kwai (William Holden), U571, are
three that instantly spring to mind but Im sure there are a lot more.
Actually, they often do just the opposite. The history of early jet
engines is an example. The conventional wisdom is that US was way
behind Europe in mid to late thirties. The myth is that two lone
inventors, Hans Von Ohain and Frank Whittle single handedly invented
turbojet engine. Actually, US had been working on idea also, for years,
and both GE and Lockheed had queried Wright-Pat about sending proposals
on jet engines. Army said no at time (for reasons I won't get into for
reasons of brevity). Actually, a contract was signed with four US firms
to develop GT engines days before GE got contract to develop Whittle
copy. These four engines were entirely US designs, and GE had two
compartmented programs, one for Whittle copy and one for their own
TV histories never tell this side of story.
Also, US led in several other aircraft powerplant technologies. They
did not go into production in large numbers, but if you think you can
avoid war for a few more years, in an era of rapid technological
development you can benefit by continuing R&D and NOT committing to
production. Soviets benefitted by this strategy frequently during cold war.
Witness Dan Ackroyd's "documentary" about UFO's and the idiots who believe
They forget that he is a professional actor who makes people laugh by
Exactly. This is the kind of thing I am talking about. I'm an ex AF
officer, and engineer with two aerospace firms who spent my career doing
R&D. I can walk around WPAFB blindfolded. The labs with frozen space
aliens are a bunch of crap.
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