GM Dumps Ken Burns

It appears no one, not even the floppy-haired namesake of “The Ken Burns Effect,” can escape the clutches of the recession. After 22 years, General Motors Corp. announced it will cut off support—said to be 35 percent of each Burns film—for the “gold standard” of public television documentaries, as the financial crisis “has forced GM to rein in such spending.” Burns is responsible for the notable epics The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball; his latest, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea will air this fall.