Sunday, April 17, 2011

History Channel: Glaring Deletion

Years ago when the History Channel was new -- and better in my opinion -- they ran a show on the rise of the Nazi party and Hitler in Germany. When they got to the part where the Nazis had about 1/3 of the votes in parliament, they showed film of the party members rising as a group and walking out when issues they disliked but could not stop with votes came up.* The instability that arose due to the parliament then being unable to overcome the quorum rule led to President Hindenburg reluctantly appointing Hitler Chancellor. Hitler had them over a barrel as it were.

Well today the History Channel ran a show titled "Third Reich: The Rise -- A unique perspective on the rise of Nazi Germany and how millions of people were so vulnerable to fascism, told through rare and never-before-seen amateur films shot by the Germans who were there."

The TV listing say it's new, but I'm not so sure. Maybe "revamped" would be more accurate since much of this show was similar to the earlier one I recalled above.

When they got to the period just prior to Hitler being appointed Chancellor (about 25 minutes into the two hours airing time), all they stated was "On February 10, 1933, the Nazis were the largest party in Germany." It was an awkward statement, and quite surprising that was all they showed. After all, given the stated intent of this documentary, "how millions of people were so vulnerable to fascism," footage of that tactic was an essential one.

How could they in good conscience have deleted the part of the story demonstrating the means by which Hitler achieved his first big appointment?

Gee -- do you think -- that the deletion could have had anything to do with recent news events? Like when the Dems walked out of the Wisconsin Senate to prevent a quorum that was needed for a vote they did not like, my immediate reaction was to think of this scene.

I've labeled contemporary media "The Agency of Lies" in the past for good reason. Media continues to try and prove itself to be the most untrustworthy institution in the country.

Pass news of this deletion along my friends -- while you are still permitted to do so.

* Another source.The walkout is found in the 6th paragraph here.

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