There are few people who know more about America’s history than Ken Burns. The documentarian has tackled subjects like baseball and jazz in long ranging films. And, of course, he created his landmark Civil War documentary back in 1990 to critical acclaims.
So it is no hyperbole to say that Burns is one of the country’s great students of history and his opinion matters. So that makes it all that much more remarkable that he recently told Brian Williams that this is “the most fraught moment” in American history.
Burns told the MSNBC host:
“The problem is that this is the most fraught time i think in the history of our republic. And I think this is where the rubber is meeting the road. We’re at this desperate place, the convergence of all of those viruses, the side effects of the misinformation and the paranoia and the lying, voter suppression and then the rewriting of our history, our saying that we’re not interest in facts, we’re not interested in the truth, we’re not interested in the many varied voices that make us up.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.