"Once again, no history": Sen. Chuck Grassley's regular updates on the state of The History Channel

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and I have something in common—we both loathe the distinct lack of history present on The History Channel. Since January, the Senator has posted multiple complaints about this problem on his Twitter account. Reading them, I feel a kindred spirit. (Via Pourmecoffee)



    1. There is a reason why this is important to Congress. Years ago during an attempt to cut funding to Public Television, the main argument for was that private cable channels (like The History Channel) were already providing educational and documentary programming, and PBS wasn’t needed.

  1. Of course, when it did show history 10 or 15 years ago, it was known as the Hitler channel as it showed endless WW2 footage…

  2. Seriously, if it’s not something like: Bog Folk, Raccoon Grapplers, or Antique Mall Jerks, then it’s Ancient UFO Mummy Pilots of Jerusalem.

      1. Doesn’t the HI Story Channel just run Behind the Music: Queen Liluokalani back to back?

  3. Back in the day The Learning  Channel had Learning, History Channel had History, Space Channel Space, and the Discovery Channel Science.  As proof positive of how bad this is getting, Discovery has a spin off called Discovery SCIENCE.

      1. And Music Television aired mostly music videos.

        For about six weeks in 1981.

    1. Indeed, the only channels that seem to have stuck to the original script are C-SPAN and the Golf Channel

    2. And A&E had some semblance of Arts & Entertainment, rather than hoarding and bounty hunting.

  4. Glad to see not all Conservatives are a bunch of anti-intellectuals. If only folks like Grassley raised their voice more in defense of the value of education and life-long learning. Fight the good fight!

  5. I’m waiting for him to turn his gaze and lambasting back to FOX once he realizes how little information there is about Vulpes vulpes (foxes).

  6. Sympathize all you want with with Grassley’s complaints about History Channel, but be aware that he’s a right-wing conservative, was one of the original purveyors of the ‘Death Panel’ myth about the Health Care Reform Bill, and in general is a disagreeable old coot.

    I’m 54 years old, and I remember the beginning of his political career, in the 1970s.  Back then I started seeing his campaign ads and thought ‘who is this idiot?’  Apparently an idiot with staying power.  His exaggerated corn-pone accent, his hyper-politicized alignment with the most partisan and destructive wing of the GOP, all make cringe every time he comes up in conversation.

    I guess he should be thankful for Steve King, who is a bigger moron than he is. Otherwise he’d stand alone as Iowa’s foremost laughing stock.

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