If you've never heard of the name Ken Burns, you don't watch enough documentaries. Ken Burns is widely known as one of the best makers of documentaries and has made documentaries on topics such as war, jazz, baseball, and more. With there not being any sports happening, plus the legend of Michael Jordan, the world has turned it's attention to the ESPN documentary on the Chicago Bulls dynasty, "The Last Dance." Well Ken Burns told the Wall Street Journal that he hasn't watched the documentary yet and that he doesn't plan on it. Many were confused on why Burns would not watch a documentary that is taking over.
Burns told WSJ, “I find it the opposite direction of where we need to be going,” he says.
“If you are there influencing the very fact of it getting made it means that certain aspects that you don’t necessarily want in aren’t going to be in, period,” he says. “And that’s not the way you do good journalism ... and it’s certainly not the way you do good history, my business.”
So this brought up a discussion between Czabe and Drew Olson on today's Steve Czaban Show trying to answer the question about what is the true point of a documentary, to be informational journalism or to be informational entertainment? You can listen to the entire segment with Czabe and Drew below.