Writer/Producer of ‘Killing Lincoln’ TV Drama: Booth was Tea Party ‘Poster Child’
Bill O’Reilly Cannot Be Pleased
COMMENTARY | According to Breitbart’s “Big Hollywood” Erik Jendresen, the writer and producer of “Killing Lincoln,” the drama based on a book by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, suggested that John Wilkes Booth “could be the poster child of the Tea Party.”
One hardly knows where to begin.
Booth was an egotistical actor with radical political views who decided that killing President Abraham Lincoln would somehow reverse the verdict of Appomattox and cause the Confederacy to rise again. He has more in common with an Alec Baldwin or Sean Penn than any of the sober, middle class people who belong to the tea party.
While Booth believed that political change could only be accomplished in blood, the tea party is about as violent as a meeting of the Kiwanis Club, which is to say not at all. While Booth believed in a system that promoted human slavery, the tea party opposes the sort of slavery brought forth by an expansionist government that taxes and spends like there is no tomorrow.
Jendresen’s ignorance of history and modern politics unfortunately places in doubt whether the TV version of “Killing Lincoln,” scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel in February, 2013, has any value. If Jendresen is so wrong about Booth’s nature and the modern tea party, what else has he gotten wrong?
Naturally Jendresen’s expression of ignorance and bigotry placed O’Reilly, who has been basking in the glory of having one of his books dramatized and is using his hit show to publicize the TV drama, in an uncomfortable position. Does he publicly call Jendresen a “pinhead,” his favorite word for people who babble nonsense? Or does he keep his silence, for the good of the project, and thus risk harming his credibility, not to mention offending his fan base, heavy as it is with tea party members? [more]
Don’t Tread on Me. Really. I mean it.
GEEZ! When I heard this story on Rush this morning I came out of my chair. Unbelievable. The. Ignorance. I had a lengthy email back and forth with a friend awhile ago who was shocked SHOCKED that I supported the tea party. This is a direct quote from him. A nice guy. We’ve been friends/coworkers for YEARS.
“Strange…it seems like with you involved the Tea Party should have been a lot less ugly than it seemed to be.”
Unbelievable. The. Ignorance.