Grassley sarcastically hails History Channel for playing history

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (R-Iowa) resumed his feud with the History Channel on Saturday with sarcastic praise for the channel's choice to air a documentary series on Americans who colonized the central and western United States.

Grassley joked Saturday that there was finally some "real History" on "the Channel" as the History Channel aired the fourth part of a six-hour docuseries called "The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen," a historical look at pioneers such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett as well as explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Native American Shawnee chief Tecumseh.

The Iowa senator frequently aims jabs at the History Channel, contending that the network's executives often forgo historical documentaries in favor of original programming such as "Ice Road Truckers."


"Oh the joy of watching ppl rope an alligator on 'Swamp people' on History Channel. Grrrrrrr," Grassley tweeted last April.

His praise for the History Channel isn't likely to last, however. The network is set to air the blockbuster movie "American Sniper" at 8 p.m. ET, after the last episode of the "Frontiersmen" docuseries concludes.