(James Brolin as Ronald Reagan in the new CBS Mini-Series)
CBS is about to run a new mini-series on the life of Ronald Reagan. Republican leaders are demanding that they get script approval before the program airs.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Republican National Committee Friday asked CBS to allow a team of historians and friends of former President Ronald Reagan and his wife to review a miniseries about the couple before it airs.
(RNC Chair Ed) Gillespie said that if CBS denies the request, he will ask the network to run a note across the bottom of the screen every 10 minutes during the program's presentation informing viewers that the miniseries is not accurate.
It seems the Republicans are worried the former President will be portrayed as uncaring toward people with AIDS, for example. If that’s the case we’ll know the film is historically accurate. Reagan showed almost no compassion as the AIDS crisis developed. He wouldn’t even say the word AIDS in public.
Maybe the Republicans in Washington should spend a little less time fighting to change historical realities and concentrate instead on helping those still suffering from HIV/AIDS today. I know of some groups that could use their assistance.