Sunday, December 12, 2004

The last "journalist"

You have to put the word in quotes now, because true journalists (as opposed to talking heads) just got a bit rarer. Ol' Bill Moyers is retiring.

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It hasn't been so much a habit for Moyers as a truth-telling mission during his three decades as a TV journalist. But come next week, he will sign off from "Now," the weekly PBS newsmagazine he began in 2002, as, at age 70, he retires from television.

"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." [my emphasis]

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Sorry to see him go.

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