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I have to say that NOW, with Bill Moyers was one of the only shows that was being courageous enough to question the powerful in America. We live in a world where we are immersed in the voices scripted by the commercial world. Much of what we digest as "information" are just salespitches. Companies in the United States spend over $500 billion a year on advertising, but we spend only $56 billion to educate our children.
There is only one way to balance the truth, and that is to lie.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's new Chairman, Kenneth Tomlinson has it out for Moyers after he received a threat from a donor that something had to be done about Moyer's program, NOW. In a Washington Times Op-ed Tomlinson wrote:
This was brought home to me in November 2003 by a phone call from an old friend complaining about Mr. Moyers" bias and the lack of balance on the Friday evening lineup. He explained the foundation he heads made a six-figure contribution to his local public television station for digital conversion. But he declared there would be no more contributions until something was done about the network's bias."
Money talks and Tomlinson listens.
Watch or Listen to Bill Moyers respond to the allegations that he is biased.
"A free press is one where it’s okay to state the conclusion you’re led to by the evidence."
Its not bias if its factual. The right accuses others of being relativists when in fact their whole belief system is based on nothing more than repeated lies. There are ways of telling if something is true or not, you go look. That is journalism, not simply putting two people in a room to argue opposing viewpoints. There are observable facts and there are debatable beliefs. For instance:
Fact: There are people who believe in God.
Belief: There is a God.
Much of the right wing wants to make everything a matter of debate. This bullshit about "balance" is just an attack on journalists and scientists whose evidence contradicts the party propaganda.
Ideologues don’t want you to go beyond the typical labels of left and right because people may start believing you. They embrace a world view that cannot be proven wrong because they will admit no evidence to the contrary. They want your reporting to validate their belief system and when it doesn’t, God forbid. Never mind that their own stars were getting a fair shake on “NOW,” Gigot, Viguerie, David Keen of the American Conservative Union, Steven Moore of the Club for Growth. Our reporting – our reporting was giving the radical right fits because it wasn’t the party line. It wasn’t that we were getting it wrong, either. Only three times in three years did we err factually, and in each case we corrected those errors as soon as we confirmed their inaccuracy. I believe our broadcast was the best researched on public broadcasting.
One program on PBS is such a threat?
Even the slightest glimpse of light from under the door might reveal that it is day outside.
(via eschaton, pandagon and Democracy Now)
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