Call a wah-mbulance! The top movie this weekend, The Butler, was unfair to St. Ronald Reagan! Frankly, America Live's "fair and balanced" assessment of Reagan's support of apartheid is - well, not quite.
Although America Live's expert argued that Ronald Reagan partly opposed sanctions against South Africa because he thought they would hurt the people, there's other evidence that he was a lot less sensitive:
Salon.com wrote in 2011:
The Reagan administration demonized opponents of apartheid, most notably the African National Congress, as dangerous and pro-communist. ...Reagan’s record on South Africa was also marked by at least one embarrassing gaffe, when he told a radio interviewer in 1985: “They have eliminated the segregation that we once had in our own country — the type of thing where hotels and restaurants and places of entertainment and so forth were segregated — that has all been eliminated.” Of course, that was simply not true, and Reagan later walked the statement back.
But somehow that got left out of the whine-fest about the movie's liberal bias. Can you say "Fox News grievance industry" anyone?
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“If anything, Reagan got off light.”
Yes indeed — and the principal reason why is because he had his good friend Herr Goebbels II (i.e. Rupert Murdoch) protecting his a*s. Keep in mind: Reagan fast-tracked Murdoch’s U.S. citizenship application because federal law stipulates that ONLY AMERICAN CITIZENS can own and operate American television stations.
So how about a nice glass of shhhh?
“YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE!”
Reagan DID turn out to be dead on right in this sense: If Hezbollah’s terrorists were hiding, how could he have paid them off with arms shipments?
That is his legacy.