Monday, January 12, 2009

Bill Moyers, a rare and dying breed of journalist - on Gaza

2 comments:

ea said...

Hmmm. Just a reminder that Moyers had the Obama love going on too, if I recall correctly.

But, for sure the full Gaza story needs to be better told to a wider audience. It is harder to dismiss Moyers.

Deb said...

ea...Obama love notwithstanding (white guilt or genuine admiration, who knows?), I like the guy. I remember when Rev. Wright was on his show, and after, Moyers said this in an essay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvnMK1d9xE0

Yeah he used that "defiant" word (white folks can't seem to distinguish between "defiant" and "standing up for one's self"), but I think his journalistic voice is different than those we hear non-stop in the MSM and he's spoken about how news has changed - not for the good.

When I decided to go back to school for Journalism, I taped this quote from him on my computer monitor: "The journalist's job is not to achieve some mythical state of equilibrium between two opposing opinions out of some misshapen respect — sometimes, alas, reverence — for the prevailing consensus among the powers-that-be. The journalist's job is to seek out and offer the public the best thinking on an issue, event, or story." I think his take on Gaza is exactly that.

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