History scrutinizes ‘Patriot’

Accuracy called into question by academic guests on cable program

Columbia Pictures’ “The Patriot” will get a primetime hour on the History Channel June 29 featuring interviews with stars Mel Gibson, Heath Lodger and Jason Isaacs, and director Roland Emmerich.

But the free publicity will come at a price: The program will also include a panel discussion with three experts who’ll give close scrutiny to the historical accuracy of the movie.

The host of the program, called “History or Hollywood: The Patriot,” is Steve Gillon, who presides over the regularly scheduled History Center series. Academic guests are Prof. Geoffrey Wawro of Oakland U., Prof. Timothy Shannon of Gettysburg U. and Sam Thomas, curator of the York County historical center in South Carolina.

Producer of the special is Stephen Jack, who’s also managing producer for History Channel.

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