John Wayne’s Son Rides to the Rescue of Father’s Name.

They are messin’ with The Duke!


Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik, suggested in a column to rename the John Wayne Airport south of Los Angeles after a 1971 Playboy interview of The Duke has been dug up. Almost 50 years later the left tries to besmirch the good name of an American icon.


“……hive of rock-ribbed, conservative Republicanism that was exemplified in fact by the political views of John Wayne. That Orange County does not exist anymore………The views that he expressed in 1971, I think, were extremist even for 1971. That was not a prehistoric period……..The civil rights movement was at high tide,”


Michael Hiltzik
Los Angeles Times


“They put my father’s name on that airport for the same reason that Congress voted to give him a Congressional Gold Medal, for the same reason that the President decided to give him a Medal of Freedom. And it’s recognition of a lifetime of significant contributions to this country, his community and to his industry,”

Ethan Wayne
Interview w/Michael Smirconish


“It would be an injustice to judge someone based on an interview that’s being used out of context………They’re trying to contradict how he lived his life, and how he lived his life was who he was. So, any discussion of removing his name from the airport should include the full picture of the life of John Wayne and not be based on a single outlier interview from half a century ago.”


Ethan Wayne
Interview w/Michael Smirconish

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/02/us/john-wayne-son-smerconish-cnntv/index.html

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