Watching Public Television...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Watching Public Television...

...which in this area is PBS, Channel 13, is not one I spend a great deal of time tuned to.

But on occasion there's something that intrigues and compels, like this week's program about Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and then a just-concluded two-part series devoted to Barack Obama's Presidency "In Divided States of America" narrated by the supremely gifted Will Lyman.

(Great pipes!)

And while there's never been much mystery about PBS' political bent, when they covered the Trayvon Martin per­iod during Obama's second administration, I noted that it was done with a great deal more intellectual honesty than had NBC.

But Part II of that "Frontline" show revealed some information that had previously eluded me.

The night of the 2012 Presidential election, Trump had flown to Boston to attend a victory celebration for the GOP candidate, but when the news broke that George Romney had lost, he turned his jet around and flew back to New York.

Six days later Trump filed the paper­work to trademark the phrase "Make America great again."

It was a bumpy ride, but the rest, as they say, is history.

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