Thursday, March 23, 2006

Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers 1934
“The framers of our nation never imagined what could happen if big government, big publishing, and big broadcasters ever saw eye to eye in putting the public’s need for news second to their own interests — and to the ideology of market economics. The greatest moments in the history of the press came not when journalists made common cause with the state but when they stood fearlessly independent of it.”

“In one way or another, this is the oldest story in America: the struggle to determine whether "we, the people" is a spiritual idea embedded in a political reality -- one nation, indivisible -- or merely a charade masquerading as piety and manipulated by the powerful and privileged to sustain their own way of life at the expense of others.”

“Television can stir emotions, but it doesn't invite reflection as much as the printed page.”

“We're seeing unfold a contemporary example of the age-old ambition of power and ideology to squelch and punish journalists who tell the stories that make princes and priests uncomfortable.”



Charles said...

I dig Moyers, if only because his interviews with Joseph Campbell were done so well.

Aaron said...

I have always loved Bill Moyers. It was only recently that I understood why. This guy seems silent, but the speeches he gives are electric and well-crafted on an amazing level.

When a friend of mine starting talking about how Bill Moyers was the devil incarnate I had to find out why. It's amazing. Big business now owns the white-house, the church, and the minds of the average worker!