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Reagan’s Son, Obama Both Watched ‘The Butler’, Saw Different Films

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 8:19am PDT

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is “a bunch of lies,” says Ronald Reagan’s son, particularly in its portrayal of his father. “There you go again, Hollywood,” Michael Reagan wrote on the website Newsmax. “You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies. You took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, and turned it into a clichéd ‘message movie’.” President Reagan, played by Alan Rickman, is depicted as a racist, his son claimed. “[F]acts don’t matter to Hollywood’s creative propagandists. Truth is too complicated and not dramatic enough for scriptwriters, who think in minute terms, not the big picture, when it comes to a conservative…[M]y father didn’t see people in colors. He saw them as individual Americans,” Reagan wrote.

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Broadcast Nets To Cover Obama’s MLK Speech On March Anniversary; CNN, MSNBC To Telecast ‘I Have A Dream’

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 3:44pm PDT

ABC, CBS and NBC said this afternoon they will interrupt regularly scheduled programming tomorrow afternoon to join the cable news networks in carrying live President Obama’s remarks on the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, at which Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. At approximately 2:40 PM ET, NBC anchor Lester Holt and White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will anchor that network’s coverage of Obama’s remarks. At CBS, evening news anchor/managing editor Scott Pelley will lead that network’s coverage of Obama’s speech from the Lincoln Memorial. When Obama speaks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, ABC News’ Chief National correspondent  Byron Pitts will lead that network’s coverage.

CNN and MSNBC say they will telecast King’s 1963 speech in its entirety. CNN says it will run some time after noon ET (UPDATE: CNN said Wednesday it will air the speech in the 1 PM hour); MSNBC says it will run the speech at approximately 4 PM ET, after Obama’s remarks. MSNBC will repeat the speech, with limited commercial interruptions, during a Chris Hayes-hosted special, All In at 8 PM ET live from Washington.

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