Monday, December 27, 2004

pBS goes pro-Soviet

I just saw a couple of creepy documentaries about WWII spies, and I'm haunted by more than the music.

It's amazing how much PC baloney has tainted "history" as told by movie people. First I saw some sob-story about Soviet spies and their aging, completely unapologetic loved ones. It was UNfrigginBELIEVABLE. And, of course, they portrayed all the officers who tried to catch Ted Hall, the Rosenbergs, et. al as trigger-happy hicks.

Ooooh, it was just so unfair and mean when they dragged Ted Hall and Saville Sacks in for questioning to get confessions that never came. (The investigators knew perfectly well these men were spies, see, because they'd cracked coded Soviet documents that said as much -- but they couldn't use that evidence in a trial b/c then the communists would know that the US had cracked the code.)

The documentary had an interview with some Leftist scholar who gravely intoned that Ethel Rosenberg was "murdered in cold blood." Trust me, the way they put the program together, you were supposed to nod and shed a tear when he said it.

Of course, the men who sold bomb secrets to the communists were just "idealist, earnest young men" who wanted to "level the playing field" or whatever. Really, the documentary people tried so hard to interview people - like Mrs. Ted Hall - explaining how these traitors were actually American patriots trying to avert a nuclear disaster. How's that?! And why isn't the missus in jail for admitting that she helped her husband dump boxes of "left-wing papers" into the river before the officers could search his home? Her husband, whom she KNEW was a Soviet spy when she married him?

Then they interviewed a Russian, a former KGB agent now living in London, sitting in his kitchen, looking like a regular guy. He mentioned that we now know for sure that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy. (Well boy, it's good to put all those doubts to rest!) Aye, but here's the rub -- this former KGBer (he was awfully young, too) looked up wistfully and said that the Americans who gave bomb secrets to the KGB were "true heroes." Or something like that. And that was the last thing he said on the film.

Umm... how about some equal time for the anti-communists?

Right after that program, the same channel had a documentary that was refreshingly pro-Allies in comparison... but it focused on the "brave" women secretaries at BCS, a Canadian pro-British spy agency based in NYC during the war. Okay, whoop-dee-do for these secretaries, but they weren't "the real heroes" in any sense, and their stories of typing up and passing along messages they knew nothing about really does not "need to be told."

1 comment:

Clara said...

Incidentally, if you're into spy stories, read WITNESS by Whittaker Chambers. It's a real page-turner, and it's an autobiography (i.e. true).