Monday, June 27, 2005

The recency effect redux

The Discovery Channel this month aired an interactive television show called Greatest American. The No. 1 spot, revealed Sunday night, went not to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr., but to Ronald Reagan.

Well, all right then.


Blogger King Cockfight said...

How dare you question the greatness of such a great and honorable man!

Don't you remember how he single-handedly defeated Communism by confusing those dirty reds with his Alzheimer's-induced severe mental retardation?

That's what being American is all about.

11:58 AM  
Blogger John Hubbard said...

This show lost all credibility when it listed Rush as a choice. I guess it had a fitting ending.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any large 1980s figure that dies is immediately and posthumously credited with single-handedly defeating Communism. I'm waiting for Huey Lewis to kick the bucket.

Little known fact: Reagan ate thunder and shat lightning. And when he shoved lightning back up his butt, guess what came out his mouth? That's right: unadulturated patriotism, so thick and juicy one needed four ears and two cerebellum just to digest it.

What a weird post.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a weird comment!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Hanging by the News said...

First Auburn gets jobbed out of a NCAA title shot, now Reagan tops the list of "Greatest Americans." When will we learn that a playoff is needed to truly settle the score?

I'm guessing Reagan wasn't the overwhelming favorite but merely won because the deserving candidates below him split the vote. The black vote was likely split between Lincoln and King (two of the most influential figures in black history), while others probably debated between two of the greatest presidents, Washington and Lincoln.

I probably would've picked Washington or Lincoln - Washington being the father of our country, Lincoln being the "Great Emancipator" and president during the great rift within our country, that rift known as the Civil War.

If the Discovery Channel decides to do this again, I think they should limit it to non-living Americans, ones that died at least a few years prior. One's legacy isn't felt soon after they die - it's felt for years and generations after.

12:54 PM  
Blogger PSoTD said...

I'm waiting for Huey Lewis to kick the bucket.

Top 100 Philosophies of All Time:

#1. It's Hip To Be Square.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Two very likely explanations, HBTN. Benjamin Franklin probably siphoned off some Lincoln and Washington votes, too.

5:30 PM  

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