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Miscellaneous thoughts and ramblings
Friday, December 10, 2004
That's Nice. G'bye!
Bill Moyers Retiring From TV Journalism
Many years ago some conservative opinion writer, maybe in National Review, wrote "Every time I see Bill Moyers I get sick to my stomach and want to throw up." That pretty much summarizes my opinion of him. What is he doing for his very last story on TV? I'm glad you asked.
"I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee," says Moyers. "We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."
Whaaaa? Did he miss the whole CBS memogate scandal? Is there a single "right-wing" media outlet that lied to re-elect Bush? The idea that the blogosphere is somehow controlled is ludicrous. The blogosphere is the most extreme manifestation of freedom of press and information. The information may not be accurate, but fact-checking is redundant and nearly instantaneous, and no voice is silenced. It is Moyer's MSM that has for too long has a monopoly on the stories most American's hear, and since the 60s they've had a liberal agenda.

UPDATE: ball-and-chain looked up the above quote. It was Barry Goldwater. The entire quote and its context is in her comment.
May the door miss his rear on his way out.
Actually, I found the original quote hereQuote of the Month

"Bill Moyers ordered two bomb commercials from the New York advertising firm of Doyle Dane Bernbach. He oversaw and approved their production... Those bomb commercials were the start of dirty political ads on television. It was the beginning of what I call electronic dirt... that ugly development in our political history. Over the years, I've watched Moyers appear on CBS News and the Public Broadcasting Service. He has lectured us on truth, the public trust, a fairer and finer America. He portrays himself as an honorable, decent American. Every time I see him, I get sick to my stomach and want to throw up."
-- Barry Goldwater reflecting on Bill Moyers' role in his 1964 Presidential defeat, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal, August 15.

That's right, now I remember, Bill Moyers was responsible for the anti-Goldwater "bomb" commercial. I hope the door does hit him on the way out.
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