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Where have you gone, Mister Rogers?

Where have you gone, Mister Rogers?

Fred Rogers, the extravagantly kind and mild-mannered “Mister Rogers” of children’s television from 1968 until 2001, is the subject of an excellent documentary in theaters this summer, and he is the inspiration for a feature film starring Tom Hanks — of course, Tom Hanks — due for release next year.

Mister Rogers is a television legend; he deserves such attention. But the timing of the trip back to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” is what strikes me as remarkable.

At a time when the country’s bully pulpit belongs to a bully, when white supremacists are out in force (and, in some cases,

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