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Last night the documentary Best of Enemies had been broadcasted on the Dutch television and I have to say I was quite impressed. BoE is about a series of debates between left winger Gore Vidal - whose name I know vaguely - and right winger William Buckley - unknown to me - on ABC Television during the presidential elections of 1968.
What I saw was two American intellectuals fighting one another with intellect, sharpness and wit, that I haven't seen since then. And nastiness. Yeah, that too. They really hated each other. They also talked in a posh way, that I almost began to believe they were British. So it had existed!
Vidals note that sexuality is not only meant for breeding and pleasure, but also a way to gain power, touched a string.
The documentary zoomed in on the moment Buckley looses his temper, thereby refering to Vidals homosexuality. And that the debate seems to have changed to position of television in society, which had till then been a neutral anchorpoint. Anyway the series of debates kept both gentlemen busy for the rest of their lives. That's tragic, isn't it?
I don't know how and why, but the documentary made an impression on me. It was certainly one of the better things I have seen recently.
"Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature"
I also like the James Baldwin vs. Buckley debate as well. Buckley had so many great enemies.
I love Gore Vidal. When I was young, I thought I'd grow up to be an essayist/novelist like Vidal, or a "New Journalist" like Capote or Hunter S. Thompson. So many interesting literary types from the 60's.
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I've always admired the face offs between Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly. Talk about two men with completely different ideologies, but who were willing to appear on each other's shows repeatedly to have good, intelligent conversations. There was a certain level of professionalism between the two of them that is mostly absent these days.
MOST "Likely Scenario" is Bill O'Reilly LACK 'commensurate intelligence' continually, hence "sporadically"!
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I've always heard that Vidal was considered an important intellectual, but I only know him from his books. Which I enjoyed and maybe learned stuff from too.
Buckley I have heard anecdotes of but that's about it.