Commentary & Opinion
Opinion Pieces Examine Former President Reagan's Record on AIDS in Light of "Reagans" Miniseries
December 5, 2003
The cable network Showtime on Nov. 30 aired the miniseries "The Reagans," which was originally slated to air on CBS. CBS decided not to air the miniseries after intense pressure from Republicans and conservative groups. Showtime aired the program without a line of dialogue in which President Ronald Reagan, played by James Brolin, said of AIDS patients, "They that live in sin shall die in sin." Although the line of dialogue was fictional, supporters of the movie say that Reagan's authorized biography, titled "Dutch," quotes him as saying of AIDS, "Maybe the Lord has brought down this plague" because "illicit sex is against the Ten Commandments." Showtime executives and the show's director and producers decided to cut the line from the final version (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/19). Two opinion pieces published this week examined Reagan's record on AIDS in light of the series. Summaries of the opinion pieces follow:
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