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PBS-Man for President: Ivins Wants Moyers to Run
Molly Ivins/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 07/26/2006 11:13:32 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

July 26, 2006 - 14:00

All those millions the taxpayers have lavished on the Public Broadcasting System over the years haven't been for naught. They've achieved at least one significant thing: given Bill Moyers a base from which to launch a presidential campaign. At least in the mind of Molly Ivins.

The headline of her latest column says it all: Run Bill Moyers For President, Seriously

While Molly doesn't expect Moyers to win the election or even the nomination, she believes his candidacy would have a salubrious effect on other Democratic contenders. Here's the essence of her thesis:

"Just get him into the debates. Think about the potential Democratic candidates. Every single one of them needs spine, needs political courage. What Moyers can do is not only show them what it looks like and indeed what it is, but also how people respond to it. I’m damned if I want to go through another presidential primary with everyone trying to figure out who has the best chance to win instead of who’s right. I want to vote for somebody who’s good and brave and who should win."

Of course Molly's image of just who Moyers is stands in stark contrast to the record that the man has amassed over the years. She calls him "a wise and a kind man." This is where MRC is worth its weight in gold, for they have documented his rants for years now. Among his top hits was this one, which won Moyers MRC's Quote of the Year at its 2003 DisHonors Awards Dinner:

“The entire federal government — the Congress, the executive, the courts — is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives. It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich. It includes giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment and control the regulatory agencies meant to hold them accountable. And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine.

“Above all, it means judges with a political agenda appointed for life. If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will swoon over what’s coming. And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture....”

“So it’s a heady time in Washington, a heady time for piety, profits and military power, all joined at the hip by ideology and money. Don’t forget the money....”

“Republicans out-raised Democrats by $184 million and they came up with the big prize: monopoly control of the American government and the power of the state to turn their radical ideology into the law of the land. Quite a bargain at any price.”

— Bill Moyers’ commentary on PBS’s Now, November 8.

Ah, Bill the Wise and Kind.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billmoyers; drunkdriver; drunkdriving; dui; fatcow; friendofbill; mollyivins; moyers; mrc; pbs

1 posted on 07/26/2006 11:13:34 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Molly Ivins/NewsBusters ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 07/26/2006 11:14:08 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

These liberals live in a fantasy world.


3 posted on 07/26/2006 11:15:59 AM PDT by mosaicwolf
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

My husband and I have just been noticing how much better PBS has been lately. Some quite excellent shows and series. Hubby remarked that now that they have gotten rid of the man probably responsible for them, it will probably return to its animal-eating-animal natural state. It's gotten much better than The History Channel on those shows that they've both covered. Moyer, I might ad, has nothin gto do with the improvement.


4 posted on 07/26/2006 11:16:11 AM PDT by twigs
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Figures that an imbecile like Molly Ivins wants a horse's ass like Bill Moyers to run for president.


5 posted on 07/26/2006 11:16:12 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Run, Moyers, Run


6 posted on 07/26/2006 11:17:12 AM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Actually, this is a very good idea.

As a matter of fact they should run Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy,John Kerry, Al Gore and as many other democrats as possible.

Guaranteed to help them 'win' the election!/s


7 posted on 07/26/2006 11:17:57 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
in the mind of Molly Ivins.

Tells me all I need to know right there.

8 posted on 07/26/2006 11:18:00 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives

Seems to me they "surrendered control" some time back...

9 posted on 07/26/2006 11:19:33 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Has anyone seen that SNL skit where, I think, Renee Zellweger impersonated Ivans on Hardball? I always thought that skit was well done.


10 posted on 07/26/2006 11:20:36 AM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why do liberals women always want metro-sexual homo-latent men for president?...........


11 posted on 07/26/2006 11:21:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Best chuckle of the day so far ;-)


12 posted on 07/26/2006 11:23:33 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The headline of her latest column says it all: Run Bill Moyers For President, Seriously

ha ha ha ha ha ha.

13 posted on 07/26/2006 11:24:13 AM PDT by Fido969 (Don't tread on me.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Great, the RATS can run Moyers, We will run Brit Hume!
14 posted on 07/26/2006 11:24:40 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Liberals get up every morning and eat a big box of STUPID for breakfast)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That can't happen. Moyers is running against Nasrullah in their next "election." You see moyer's would feel more comfortable being around his hezzie soulmates than being in Amerika, the country he so despises.


15 posted on 07/26/2006 11:24:50 AM PDT by AdvisorB (For a terrorist bodycount in hamistan, let the smoke clear then count the ears and divide by 2.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The truth is Ivans is right. Democrats are afraid to stand up and be a Democrat - the nation would never vote for them. So they try to hide who they are to get elected (see Bill Clinton).

What Ivans suggests is at least intellectually honest. Sure they would get routed but at least the would stand for something. As it is now ....


16 posted on 07/26/2006 11:25:19 AM PDT by NeilGus
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To: twigs
It's gotten much better than The History Channel

...or "The Hitler Channel," as we call it in our household, because of the frequent WW2 programs.

17 posted on 07/26/2006 11:26:17 AM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That would be EXCELLENT!


18 posted on 07/26/2006 11:27:05 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NeilGus

Well Moyers does have a Drunken Driving Conviction, and Ivins is trending toward her rubber room, so why not?


19 posted on 07/26/2006 11:27:33 AM PDT by Jack Ian
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

When Molly says "I'm damned . . ." it proves that even she may be right about something.


20 posted on 07/26/2006 11:28:32 AM PDT by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox

Good one ;-)


21 posted on 07/26/2006 11:34:13 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Every single one of them (Democrats) needs spine, needs political courage.

If they ain't already got it they can't get it.

22 posted on 07/26/2006 11:35:51 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think the liberals' natural candidate is Paul Rueubens.


23 posted on 07/26/2006 11:39:44 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Just get him into the debates. Think about the potential Democratic candidates. Every single one of them needs spine, needs political courage. What Moyers can do is not only show them what it looks like and indeed what it is, but also how people respond to it. I’m damned if I want to go through another presidential primary with everyone trying to figure out who has the best chance to win instead of who’s right. I want to vote for somebody who’s good and brave and who should win."

How would being IN the debate be more advantageous to the Democrats? Isn't it better to have Moyers MODERATING the debate? Asking softball questions of Democratic presidential candidates is what the MSM is all about.

24 posted on 07/26/2006 11:40:33 AM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Pahahahah! Ivins is writing comedy now I see! Better than her normal columns.


25 posted on 07/26/2006 11:41:44 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: My2Cents

My wife also calls the History Channel the "Hitler Channel". I retalliate by calling HGTV "Porn for Housewives".


26 posted on 07/26/2006 11:43:11 AM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Let him run! That means people will start looking at his personal finances, and how it interlinks with PBS. ;-)


27 posted on 07/26/2006 11:44:31 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: My2Cents

I've got to fess up here. Hitler fascinates me. Not him the person, but the fact that he was able to rise to power like he did. I can't figure it out. So I watch anything about Hitler. And as you say, there's a LOT about Hitler on THC. I want to teach Middle School and my husband teases me by raising his hand and saying "Mrs. Twigs, are we going to study Hitler today AGAIN?"


28 posted on 07/26/2006 11:45:40 AM PDT by twigs
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bill Moyers is a self-centered, sanctimonious, supercilious whiner who thinks he knows what's best for us.

He's dined out on his being LBJ's press secretary for decades now.

Mr. Moyers is a fool.

Molly Ivins? I hope she is recovering from her bout with cancer.

But poor Molly is still a whack job who wouldn't fight for this country if her life depended on it - and it does.


29 posted on 07/26/2006 11:48:23 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: RexBeach
Moyers is the perfect moonbat candidate. He would guarantee a conservative victory in 2008. The American taxpayer should even fund his campaign in the tradition of PBS.
30 posted on 07/26/2006 11:49:43 AM PDT by Patrick1
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox

Nominated for "Post of the Day."


31 posted on 07/26/2006 11:58:28 AM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: Tallguy

Wouldn't that be "Lifetime"?


32 posted on 07/26/2006 11:59:07 AM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: mosaicwolf

"These liberals live in a fantasy world."

If they didn't they would be called "conservatives".

That's the problem with liberalism. It's based on an imaginary, idealistic world-view, not in a real-world view.


33 posted on 07/26/2006 11:59:57 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: twigs
This one's for you...

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34 posted on 07/26/2006 12:01:08 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Great...an old drunk calling for an old washed up drug sucking hippy for Pres. Ya...sure!


35 posted on 07/26/2006 12:07:26 PM PDT by lawdude (To Colmes - It ain't rocket surgery!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Molly Ivins...perhaps the most useless writer in all of journalism.


36 posted on 07/26/2006 12:08:35 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

[Moyers] is not afraid of being called “unpatriotic.”--Molly Ivins

These two infatuated Bush-haters are just what the doctor ordered to liven up the Democrat Presidential primaries.


37 posted on 07/26/2006 12:09:17 PM PDT by henbane
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Fascinating admissions eventually ooze out of the Left every once in a while...

I’m damned if I want to go through another presidential primary with everyone trying to figure out who has the best chance to win instead of who’s right.

38 posted on 07/26/2006 12:11:03 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Molly and Ma Richards need to make a quick Costco run - they must've run out of Crown Royal, so Molly's toking up with something stronger.


39 posted on 07/26/2006 12:11:19 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: henbane

Sheesh - hard to tell which one's which!


40 posted on 07/26/2006 12:12:04 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All

This is about the funniest thing I have heard suggested in a long time.

Mollins is senile.


41 posted on 07/26/2006 12:12:41 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Moyers is used to sitting in front of a camera or microphone spouting assertions as facts. A face to face debate with someone who disagrees with him would leave him a shattered nervous wreck.


42 posted on 07/26/2006 12:15:34 PM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I hope Billy Milly Molly runs...he would be easy to defeat anywhere but the upper West Side of Manhattan.


43 posted on 07/26/2006 12:17:34 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: twigs

"I've got to fess up here. Hitler fascinates me. Not him the person, but the fact that he was able to rise to power like he did. I can't figure it out. So I watch anything about Hitler."

Ditto. It's like watching the devil incarnate on film.


44 posted on 07/26/2006 12:29:36 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

LOL LOL LOL What more needs to be said?


45 posted on 07/26/2006 1:02:42 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: twigs

I can't figure it out.

Hitler TOLD the world what he planned to do, in his book (Mein Kampf - sp?) and no one believed him. He rose to power because of grass-roots, small but steady placement of supporters throughout the country. Just like is happening today in the US, with the primary focus on local school boards and in the public school system so that indoctrination is across the land. In short, the PEOPLE VOTED him in!


46 posted on 07/26/2006 1:05:24 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: Red Badger

Why do liberals women always want metro-sexual homo-latent men for president?...........

They dress well and would decorate the White House tastefully and are, oh, so s-e-n-s-i-t-i-v-e to everyone's f-e-e-e-e-e-l-i-n-g-s.


47 posted on 07/26/2006 1:07:42 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: henbane

Oh, man they are toooooooo O-L-D! Go find a retirement home folks! Go away!


48 posted on 07/26/2006 1:10:28 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Think about the potential Democratic candidates. Every single one of them needs spine, needs political courage. What Moyers can do is not only show them what it looks like...

LOL - She didn't mean to make this funny, but dems without spine who need to see what it looks like... What a hoot.

49 posted on 07/26/2006 1:15:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (Evolution: It's not "one" missing link - ALL the links are missing.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ivins could write plagiarized speeches for Moyers.


50 posted on 07/26/2006 1:18:45 PM PDT by windsorknot
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