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On TV, Thanksgiving redefined with killing, theft, grave-robbing

On TV, Thanksgiving redefined with killing, theft, grave-robbing

In case this part of the story was missing from your child's grade-school Thanksgiving pageant, TV is here to tell us this holiday week that the Pilgrims were a bunch of grave-robbing, food-stealing killers who lured a Native American leader to what he thought was a meal of peace, only to cut off his head and stick it on a pole.

Yeah, just like "Game of Thrones."

Yes, let's all gather around the screen for a new TV ritual along with football and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who needs all that talk about American exceptionalism anyway?

The role of television in shaping our sense of identity and national history has long been a subject of debate. Even Ken...

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