We didn't want to hear the words of people in the White House, we wanted to hear the words of people picketing the White House: agitators, antiwar protestors, the socialists and the anarchists, in other words, the people who gave us whatever liberty and democracy we have in this country.
"[T]he people who gave us whatever liberty and democracy we have in this country"? Wow, what a howler. No serious historian could say such a thing. Eric Foner, for instance, might well agree with some of Zinn's politics. I am guessing he would be horrified by this remark.
It is one thing for Zinn to make an idiot of himself, but quite another to make an idiot of the celebrity sitting beside him. And we must wonder what Matt Damon thought he was doing associating himself with this sort of thing. Unless of course, he actually believes it. In which case, he needs a short course in American history. And not from a documentarian like Zinn.
Berman, Marc and Alan Fruktin. 2009. TCA 2009: Matt Damon 'Speaks" at History's Showcase. July 30. here.
Foner, Eric. 2008. Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Second Seagull Edition, Volume 1. Second Seagull Edition. W.W. Norton & Co.
Foner, Eric. 2004. Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Volume 2. 1st ed. W. W. Norton.