Strangely enough, I never really liked history documentaries. I always prefer books, when it comes to that subject.
Some of them used to be really good years ago, before ppl realized they could entertain instead.
Haven't watched cable in such a long time I don't think I would even enjoy it if I had it. It's funny how that works. Only thing I watch on cable is football, and I usually prefer going to the school pub for that.
Well, I admit a grudging respect for Adam Curtis, naturally, and I hear Simon Schama is good, though I've never gotten around to watching him.
I'd also like to point out ITT that MSNBC was totally in the tank for the Iraq War, to the point it fired it's only dissenting presenter. Yes, later on it hired Olbermann, Maddow etc but only once public opinion started to turn against the war anyway
I believe there is an ancient haiku which explains this problem quite well:
News corps are pussies
Only attack when weakness is sensed
Lay off entrenched pols and policies
So it's not so much than MSNBC has gone over to the dark side, it has been there quite a while. Olbermann and Maddow just made them look "fair and balanced" during the 2006-9 Democratic resurgence. In fact, I'm going to add to my additional statement and say not only should reporters who cannot even hide their political affiliations well be sacked (or moved to "Op-Ed" shows, with constant warnings about factual hazards that may result from watching them), but any manager who hires someone to bring "political balance" to their coverage should also be fired.
It occurs to me that, with the downturn in accurate reporting and foreign reporting in particular in the past twenty years, anyone who could actually make money off of accurate reporting, as opposed to producing pleasing hagiography for their political masters and favoured ideologies, would be an especially powerful and dangerous figure in world politics. I mean, even intelligence agencies suffer from problems of ideological contamination in their analysis and presentation of information.