Thursday, May 19, 2005

Moyers on CPB the Ministry of Truth

Yelladog points us to this week's NYT story on CPB's attempts to moderate the "liberal bias" temper the left wing opinion force NPR to bend over and take W's agenda with a smile.

If you haven't read/heard Bill Moyers' speech to the National Conference for Media Reform, it's worth the click. As he indicates, Moyers has the dubious distinction of being monitored by CPB's Tomlinson (who paid $10G for said "monitoring"--jeez, I'd even watch O'Reilly for that).

Moyers, who is of course, retired now, is threatening to return to active duty:
I should put my detractors on notice: They might just compel me out of the rocking chair and back into the anchor chair.

Who are they? I mean the people obsessed with control, using the government to threaten and intimidate. I mean the people who are hollowing out middle-class security even as they enlist the sons and daughters of the working class in a war to make sure Ahmed Chalabi winds up controlling Iraq's oil. I mean the people who turn faith-based initiatives into a slush fund and who encourage the pious to look heavenward and pray so as not to see the long arm of privilege and power picking their pockets. I mean the people who squelch free speech in an effort to obliterate dissent and consolidate their orthodoxy into the official view of reality from which any deviation becomes unpatriotic heresy.

That's who I mean. And if that's editorializing, so be it. A free press is one where it’s OK to state the conclusion you're led to by the evidence.

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