Robert E. Lee Explains the 10th Amendment to Fox Viewers

This morning Fox and Friends spent some time on the Gettysburg battlefield. If I didn’t know any better it looks like Robert E. Lee is auditioning for his own show on Fox or at least as one of its regular talking heads. So much for staying in character. 🙂

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11 comments… add one
  • Keith Muchowski Jul 1, 2013 @ 14:10

    I have been thinking about this clip more and more since viewing it here a few hours ago. In all seriousness, I don’t understand why it even made the news. I am at a loss for words or explanation. Was it part of the silliness that is morning “news”? Or, was it meant to capture the “meaning” of Gettysburg for an audience of non-specialists? We have all seen living historians giving speeches or whatnot on television before, but I literally cannot recall seeing something like this before. where historical figures are interviewed in character. I mean, really. It’s absurd.

    • Andy Hall Jul 1, 2013 @ 14:32

      Fox News has a habit of interviewing famous people to get their views on present-day issues. A few months ago they interviewed Thomas Jefferson, who stewarded the Louisiana Purchase, about the evils of deficit spending by the federal government, and a few months before that they interviewed Santa Claus about the “War on Christmas.”

      • Kevin Levin Jul 1, 2013 @ 14:33

        LOL. Thanks, Andy. 🙂

      • Keith Muchowski Jul 1, 2013 @ 14:39

        Wow. That’s nuts. Thanks for the response.

      • Chris Evans Jul 1, 2013 @ 15:01

        That’s great. How rich to interview Jefferson about that.


    • Bryan Cheeseboro Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:52

      I wouldn’t worry about this clip that much. Granted, it’s rather hokey (the symmetrical “brother fought brother and afterwards, they made up like nothing ever happened” thing is, I think, a rather overdone interpretation of the Civil War) and inaccurate (I think there’s like 1300 monuments at Gettysburg, not 130). But when you have to report stories like school shootings or cold-blooded murders, a hokey story like this once in a while can’t hurt. Besides, I would imagine most Fox News viewers are more along the reconciliationist, “states rights” interpretation of the war, as this video communicates.

  • Kaci Nash Jul 1, 2013 @ 13:07

    If I have to hear “where brothers were fighting brothers” one more time as a descriptor of the Civil War…

  • Keith Muchowski Jul 1, 2013 @ 11:25

    I had no idea there were a whole 130 monuments at GNMP.

    • Bryan Cheeseboro Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:22

      “I had no idea there were a whole 130 monuments at GNMP.”

      In reality, it’s more like 10x that number.

      • Keith Muchowski Jul 2, 2013 @ 11:37

        I know. It was a joke. I have been to Gettysburg numerous times over the years and can assure you I know it quite well.

  • Andy Hall Jul 1, 2013 @ 10:03

    “Lincoln” looks rather dyspeptic; I thought it was Lee who had a bad case of the Bull Runs at Gettysburg.

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