Only in the seventh and final piece, Sunday's ATC interview, is any pejorative assessment of Reagan voiced; the director of an HBO Reagan documentary, after noting many positive aspects of Reagan, states that Reagan "came in many ways to betray that [small town] America...hurt the very America that I know he identified with." This one critique is lost in the flood of praise heaped on Reagan:
- (Tom Brokaw) "A pure product of Main Street, Heartland America...People were comfortable with him from the start."
- (Pete Wilson) "Brilliant."
- (Jaffe) "If there was any disagreement...it was over where Ronald Reagan ranked in the pantheon of American presidents."
- (Liasson) "...upbeat, forward-looking and self-consciously optimistic - the definition of Reaganesque."
- (Lou Cannon) "The American people aren't fools. Reagan was able to run on Morning in America because for millions of Americans, it was morning in America."
- (Liasson) "Doug Brinkley says President Obama is wise to identify himself any way he can with the 40th president."
- (Doug Brinkley) "Reagan...He's in the DNA of America at the moment. He is beloved by the American people."
- (Wertheimer) "Ronald Reagan...was part of almost every campaign, mostly invoked by Republicans, but also occasionally by Democrats and sometimes by President Obama." (Fallows) "You could take this as a good sign of the possible harmony and unity in American history that....representatives of all political parties and all political heritages find things in this background, of this tradition they want to align themselves with."
- (Reagan hometown local) "Nice man. Good person."
- (Hansen) "...his stature has continued to rise among conservatives...as well as with the general public."
Somehow, NPR inadvertently left out a few details regarding that "upbeat, forward-looking" "nice man" who was Ronald Reagan: his disastrous War on Drugs, his deadly lack of action on AIDS, his promotion of terror, war and torture in Central America and Africa, his riddled-with-criminals administration, his assault on the environment, his crushing of wages and war on unions, and his success in creating a sophisticated, murderous organization of Islamic extremists. Other than that, it was a very fair and very balanced assessment of the Reagan years.