For those not familiar with Maggie's Farm, well they're pretty clever out there and not tied to convention. Here's what they have to say about themselves:
"We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for."
Up until this day I had never heard of Maggie's Farm, or tried to figure them out. I was turned on to them by Alan Dawson, a journalist who started out a Canadian, before taking American citizenship, who has lived most of his life in Bangkok. He was among the journalist in Saigon at the very end and has a history of reporting pomposity and wrongheadedness with official US tactics/policies in SEA through the latter part of the last century. So far he has never has had an opinion that I didn't agree with.
So I went to Maggie's eclectic Farm on Alan's suggestion to read its review of Ken Burns series, which starts with:
"Thursday, September 14. 2017 Review Of Ken Burn's Vietnam PBS Series The following is the first factual, shall I say fact-checking, review that I've come across about the Ken Burns narrative of the Vietnam war(s). Other reviews are more of the same breast-beating and ignorant narrative that has dominated in the liberal press for the past several decades. This review circulated among various Vietnamese and Americans with an interest in a more realistic contemporary view, rather than retrospective self-justifications for weakness of will and understanding that condemned millions to death and torture."
The review that followed was written by Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang, a former officer in the Army of South Vietnam.
It's very detailed and ends with this: "In conclusion, this is a one-sided, half-truth documentary unworthy of watching. My observation had been posted on Yahoo but was removed 15 minutes later. Let us hope that Mr. Burns and Ms. Novick would have a change of heart and be more factual in their next project about the Vietnam War. "
Posted yesterday it has collected 29 comments so far. Pls if you have time, go visit Maggie's Farm and read the review at maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/30521-Review-Of-Ken-Burns-Vietnam-PBS-Series.html#comments especially the comments. If you find one or two that express your reaction to the reivew, pls add the comment below.