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Handling the Truth

April 3, 2012 Posted by Jay Livingston We can’t handle the truth. We want all the facts to fit with our picture of the world. The “Mad Men” scripts use words and constructions unknown to real 1966 ad men. These anachronisms sound “right” to us despite their historical inaccuracy. And historical facts may sound wrong. The Times TV critic complained: The themes of civil rights and equal opportunity thudded into view in a couple of unfortunately ham-handed scenes, one involving the scamps at Young & Rubicam dropping water bombs on picketers (“And they call us savages!” an indignant protester exclaimed).
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