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January 20, 2007

Bill Moyers Is Back and Wackier Than Ever

NewsBusters reports on a prolonged leftist tirade at a recent "media reform" conference by the King of PBS, Bill Moyers, who announced that like the unkillable maniac in Friday the 13th sequels, he will be back with a regular show on PBS.

Moyers' windy speech featured the bizarre and paranoid belief that our nauseatingly liberal mainstream media is actually controlled by sinister neoconservatives. A few highlights:

Day after day, the egalitarian creed of our Declaration of Independence is trampled underfoot by hired experts and sloganeers, who speak of the "death tax," "the ownership society," "the culture of life," "the liberal assault on God and family," "compassionate conservatism," "weak on terrorism," "the end of history," "the clash of civilizations," "no child left behind."

These pernicious slogans were able to rob us of the Founding Fathers' communist ideals because the media is controlled by malevolent corporations:

The third pillar of American democracy, an independent press, is under sustained attack, and the channels of information are choked. A few huge corporations now dominate the media landscape in America. Almost all the networks carried by most cable systems are owned by one of the major media common conglomerates. Two-thirds of today's newspapers are monopolies.

Moyers is so far out there that from where he flounders off the deep end, the leftist New York Times and Los Angeles Times look conservative. Only government intrusion into the media could result in a fanatic this deranged having had sustained access to a televised soapbox.

To Moyers', even PBS and NPR can be counterrevolutionary:

As ownership gets more and more concentrated, fewer and fewer independent sources of information have survived in the marketplace; and those few significant alternatives that do survive, such as PBS and NPR, are undergoing financial and political pressure to reduce critical news content and to shift their focus in a mainstream direction, which means being more attentive to establishment views than to the bleak realities of powerlessness that shape the lives of ordinary people.

Getting back to the insidious horror of free individuals running the media instead of an omnipotent bureaucracy as in police states, Moyers explains à la Karl Marx that this is actually "censorship of knowledge by monopolization of the means of information."

As for the wolf pack of hostile MSM journalists who have been tearing Bush's presidency to shreds (and with it, public support for the struggle against Muslim terrorism), Moyers denounces their "plantation mentality" — i.e., they aren't seditious enough to suit him.

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It's medication timeā€¦

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 20, 2007 10:53 AM

Comments

The third pillar of American democracy, an independent press...

This statement shows you how delusional the media really is about themselves. They honestly believe they are on a greater mission for us hoi polloi and know what is best for us. I know of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, but where in the constitution is the 'independant press' named as third pillar?

Posted by: metalgarth at January 20, 2007 11:29 AM

Still raging over Moyer's "Genesis" series quite a few years back where he employed a panel of blasphemous idiots to "interpret" YHVH's plan as written. I seem to recall his having a "poetess" on his panel who on having read Genesis described the Lord as "a spoiled child" who "gets mad when he doesn't get his way".

I've seldom heard or read such lack of scholarship and such a plethora of bullshit in my several decades of existence on planet earth. Moyers is so "out there" that he makes Jimmy Carter look sane.

Posted by: jael at January 20, 2007 1:09 PM

"poetess"

I perfer to use feminine titles for women myself. "Gender nutrality" is actually anti-female because it forces women to use MALE titles and names.

Posted by: KHarn at January 20, 2007 1:13 PM

Moyers is an idiot - the major networks (except maybe Fox News to a certain extent) and nearly all major newspapers have savagely attacked George W Bush for years. When was the last time a positive story on Bush was put out? Maybe in the few months after 9/11 but thats about it.

If Moyers were right these corporate types would all be printing and airing nothing but positive stories about George W Bush and supporting everything he does.

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at January 21, 2007 7:13 AM

Why is it, exactly, that the government funds PBS?

I mean, the broadcasts of aging Aquarians reliving their youth by adoringly watching paunchy pensioners (e.g., Peter, Paul and Mary) sing their songs of yesteryear are pathetic to the point of physical pain.

That's harmless enough, but the news on PBS - my God! Goebbels would blush.

KHarn, I too use the feminine forms where appropriate. It's not a matter of gender politics, pro- or anti-female for me, but rather being pro-grammatical English. Few things irritate me more than hearing a female performer described as an "actor."

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 21, 2007 11:26 AM