The statement "for a time" that you call careful differentiation is what I call, rather open ended and ambigious, plausible deniability. That is the tool of slimy politicians and should not be needed in a documentary, unless the film maker has an agenda other than the unbiased truth.
Using that tool I can state that "for a time there was no fatality in the war suffered by anyone that was not white, not named Davis, and who didn't come from a small town in TN", and you can not show that statement to be anything but true.
But, you should not assume that the US Government policy was especially hard on white kids named Davis from small towns in TN, even if that was my intent.
And given the standard of careful differentiation I can't imagine that the insertion of Bush 43 into the segment on white, educated, and better connected draft dodgers was accidental. And, if not accidental then why shouldn't I assume the series is the work of a man with an agenda not mentioned in the credits?
So, that is why I question the objectivity of the series. Why would you not?
: If you DVRd the episode, play it back. The
: filmmakers were careful to differentiate
: between the early going, in which there WAS
: an imbalance, and the war as a whole, by
: which time the sacrifices were shared more
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: I eagerly waited for the series to be aired,
: wondering just how it would be presented.
: The history of the French/Japanese
: occupation seemed solid and is probably new
: to most who are watching. I was trying to
: keep an open mind and remain objective, and
: was doing a pretty good job until episode 4,
: about 40 minutes in.
: That was when they had to trot out the same
: tired lie about the disproportional burden
: being borne by the black troops.
: Then the point was made of a million men
: serving in the reserves and National Guard
: with the expectation of never being sent
: into combat. (we all knew that)
: But then they had to point out that
: reservists and Guardsmen were almost always
: white, generally better educated, and better
: connected. This was the voiceover of a
: picture of some ANG pilots which just happen
: to include George W Bush.
: I suppose it will be said that I am am
: simply opinionated and hard headed but I
: will not be convinced that of all the black
: and white still photos of that era, none
: could be found of a white, educated, and
: connected draft dodger that did not include
: Bush 43.
: So now that Ken Burns' objectivity is out
: the window, I have to watch the rest of the
: series just to see how bad it can get.