Ken Burns on Palin

From The Hollywood Reporter:

NEW YORK — Count filmmaker Ken Burns as someone who isn’t enamored of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The maker of “The Civil War” and “The War” didn’t flinch from criticizing GOP presidential candidate John McCain and Palin when asked at a panel discussion Monday at Fordham University’s law school.

“He (McCain) selected someone who is so supremely unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and he has turned the selection process into a high school popularity contest and an ‘American Idol’ competition,” Burns said. He said that McCain made a “cynical” pick in what he said was the most important decision of his presidential candidacy.

Burns, whose lifelong work is in American history, said that “in the whole history of the Republic there has been no one with as thin a credential” as Palin. He said it was, for McCain, a “Hail Mary pass” that will be decided in November.