Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

By From the March 2013 issue

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Someone with the improbable name of Jendresen reaches back to the Republic’s first idealistic actor and links him to the 20 percent of Americans who remain liberal to this day. Who would have thought of it?

John Wilkes Booth “could be the poster child for the tea party,” Erik Jendresen, exec (sic) producer of National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Lincoln,” told shocked TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2013.

Booth was not mad, and his views were, in fact, pretty common when he assassinated Lincoln, Jendresen said Friday.

“This is not the act of somebody who can easily be dismissed as a psychopath, so that it’s easy to understand…. This is a man who believed what still probably 20 percent of this country still believes.”
January 5, 2013

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