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Barbra Streisand Defends CBS's Reagan Rip -
November 3, 2003

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Here comes Babs to the liberal rescue.

Recently, in one of her infinitely dubious Web "truth alerts," the political crooner rushed to defend CBS's miniseries "The Reagans."

On her site, Streisand proceeds to set Drudge and other sources straight. She writes that she was on the set of CBS to watch her hubby for "a total of only 4 hours of one day," as opposed to the "weeks on the set" that were reported by what Streisand calls "the Republican spin machine."

Streisand also writes that she has never read the script, never seen the film and is "not responsible for what is depicted in it."

But in the next breath, she declares that "the Republicans, who deify President Reagan, cannot stand that some of the more unpleasant truths about his character and presidency might be depicted in the movie, along with his positive actions."

The princess of liberal pap goes on to describe the made-for-TV flick that she supposedly has never seen as "a balanced portrait of a complicated man." Guess now she's a left-wing psychic, too.

In the world according to Babs, the reason that millions of Americans adore Ronald Reagan is because no one else is available with GOP credentials.

She sneers that Reagan is "glorified by conservatives because what other Republican leader of recent history are they going to point towards? Richard Nixon? George H.W. Bush? Newt Gingrich? Are these men worthy of exalt?"

Looking at events through Funny Girl goggles, the Republicans accomplished nothing noteworthy, but Bubba is a leader for the ages.

Streisand dons her economist hat and explains why Reagan really wasn't all that proficient, when he doubled revenues, cut taxes and helped bring about the end of the Cold War.

On the other hand, Clinton, the dude who brought us Travelgate, Filegate, Chinagate and Pardongate, the guy who failed to respond to terrorism and turned down Osama bin Laden, the chief who was impeached, held in contempt by a federal judge and kicked out of the Supreme Court bar, was a whopping success of a prez.

Streisand blogs that "conservatives love to boast of the 16 million jobs Reagan's economic policies generated."

She blogs further that Clinton was more successful than Reagan because Reagan "created record budget deficits, increased inequality and tripled the national debt. Judged on their own terms, Reagan proponents would have to admit that Bill Clinton, who generated 23 million new jobs in the same amount of time in office and also turned a major deficit into the largest surplus ever, was a more successful president."

Streisand ultimately urges the public to tune in to CBS's ill-timed fib fest and she brushes aside the criticisms of the miniseries. She explains that this is just "the Right Wing" who will "spread vicious lies and attacks and scream and yell until they get their way."

I'd like to ask those who've been on Streisand movie sets if they have any misty watercolor memories of people who scream and yell until they get their way.

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