“The Kennedys” Miniseries Draws Protests

By Victoria Kichuk
Posted on 27 Mar 2010 at 2:00am

Robert Greenwald, a liberal democrat documentary filmmaker, whose credits include “Iraq for Sale; The War Profiteers”, has created a website, stopkennedysmears.com in hopes of preventing a History Channel miniseries from ever being made. The website features a 13-minute video and petition to stop the project from being made under the premise of a documentary that would air on a network known for presenting films based on historical fact.

“The Kennedys” is currently in pre-production, and is being helmed by Emmy-winning creator Joel Surnow, whose credits include originator of the popular Fox show “24”. An admittedly outspoken conservative, and personal friend of Rush Limbaugh, Surnow’s planned eight-part series scripts have been viewed by a handful of outsiders, including those who are now protesting it. Greenwald’s short film in protest of the project features a number of historians who say the scripts contain numerous factual errors.

Screenwriter for “The Kennedys”, Stephen Kronish claims to have used nonfiction works as a basis for some of his writing, including works by Seymour Hersh, Robert Dallek, David Talbot and others. While the scripts will need to be legally and biographically vetted before they are approved according to the History Channel’s strict standards, Kronish maintains that the scripts are not even close to being finalized and may still be rewritten.

Watch dramatized portions of the script in this video created by stopkennedysmears.com and tell us what you think!

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