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Posted on 11/28/2005 2:33:43 PM PST by Jean S
Bill Moyers, the former host of the "Now program on PBS, brushed aside the claim that his show had a liberal bias, carping that conservative critics unfairly tarred him with the "liberal brush.
Perhaps Moyers forgot that he clearly showed his liberal stripes when he devoted his last "Now broadcast to a fierce blast at "the right-wing media.
Moyers became embroiled in controversy after Kenneth Tomlinson took over as chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and cited "Now as a chief reason why he wanted to bring "balance to public broadcasting with more conservative programming.
In an interview with the publication Broadcasting & Cable, Moyers was asked: "Was your show liberally biased?
He answered: "Right wing partisans like Tomlinson have always attacked aggressive reporting as liberal. We were biased all right in favor of uncovering the news that powerful people wanted to keep hidden.
He went on: "It is an old canard of right-wing ideologues like Tomlinson to equate tough journalism with liberalism. "They hope to distract people from the message by trying to discredit the messenger.
But thats exactly what Moyers did late last year when he used his last taxpayer-funded "Now program to attack conservative media.
As NewsMax reported in December 2004:
Moyers also stated in an earlier program: "I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has [sic] become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee."
As NewsMax reported at the time: He failed to mention that for decades the left-wing media establishment, ranging from PBS and NPR to the New York Times and the CBS of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, has been and continues to be a partisan propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee.
Is Moyers claiming that he is not a lefty?
Didn't Moyers leave the Baptist Church of his forefathers when conservatives took control of the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1980s?
Now he is in the tarpit with Koppel, Rather and the rest of the old liberal titans, which I find a fitting end for him.
Your time is up, Bill.
Moyers could talk non stop for a year and not come up with an adequate defense.
Moyers devised the "daisy" commercial in 1964 -- shown one time only. Barry Morris Goldwater claimed to have never forgiven Moyers, but BMG himself moved to the left near the latter years of his life.
Yeah, libs are such hypocrites!
The one I can't stand the most is that awful Diane Rheems on NPR. She elevates her whinig with her speech impediment into the ultimate sneering, passive aggressive hate.
Campbell has perhaps more influence on current American religious thought than any other contemporary writer. His books fill the religion sections of major bookstore chains; are required reading in most college and university religion, literature, and philosophy courses; and have become handbooks of spirituality to the New Agers, neo-pagans, Gaia environmentalists, and 1990s religious dabblers. 5Campbells influence has only grown in the intervening fourteen years. More than twenty of his books (authored or co-authored) are still in print and offered in the major bookstores. His erroneous and sometimes downright ridiculous thinking on the subjects of mythology and anthropology continues to pass for wisdom in our high schools, colleges and universities. His books are replete with confusing passages meant to impress young minds with his own imagined profound intelligence. Here is a sample:
These mythic figurations are the "ancestral forms," the insubstantial archetypes, of all that is beheld by the eye as physically substantial, material things being understood as ephermeral concretions out of the energies of these noumena.6aPassages such as this in Campbell's books are not meant to enlighten but rather to blunt critical thought. Let us here remind ourselves that ever since the Tower of Bable, fools have been posing as learned men.
No one of adult mind today would turn to the Book of Genesis to learn of the origins of the earth, the plants, the beasts, and man. There was no flood, no tower of Babel, no first couple in paradise, and between the first known appearance of men on earth and the first building of cities, not one generation (Adam to Cain) but a good two million must have come into this world and passed along. Today we turn to science for our imagery of the past and of the structure of the world, and what the spinning demons of the atom and the galaxies of the telescopes eye reveal is a wonder that makes the babel of the Bible seem a toyland dream of the dear childhood of our brain.8These words belong at the beginning of Campbells book so that the reader might know his standpoint; but instead, they appear in the last chapter entitled "Conclusion," implying that all that went before somehow backs them up. Campbells paragraph, above, does not represent a validly deduced conclusion from the facts; on the contrary, it is his biased set of unchallengeable assumptions out of which his study of mythology originates and through which it proceeds. These assumptions color his choice of facts and the way in which he chooses to present themthus, his irrational insistence that the Sumerian seal depicting the serpents side of Eden is no such thing. Campbell does not believe what the childish "babel" of Genesis says about anything, including Eden, and is therefore his reason why the Sumerian depiction could not possibly represent it. He writes that the male figure (Adam) on the Sumerian seal is "the ever-dying, ever-resurrected Sumerian god who is the archetype of incarnate being."7 Since Campbell is an evolutionist, shouldnt his "archetype of incarnate being" look less like a human and more like a tadpole, a monkey, or a knuckle-dragging apeman?
We know that Jesus could not have ascended to heaven because there is no physical heaven anywhere in the universe.9Jesus on the cross, the Buddha under the treethese are the same figures.10
Moyers is so....forgettable.
Moyers has the arrogance of Joseph Goebbels. Like most leftward tilting talking heads, he does it because he's self-righteous to the point of believing no one else is entitled to an opinion.
Bill, denial is the biggest hurdle on the road to recovery. Admit that you are a liberal, and then you can start getting better!
He is a fraud.
Moyers has every right to be a lefty liberal. And he has every right to let his political views influence his reporting--provided he's honest about it. The issues isn't the bias. The issue is the failure to acknowledge and disclose it.
(Moyers has the arrogance of Joseph Goebbels. Like most leftward tilting talking heads, he does it because he's self-righteous to the point of believing no one else is entitled to an opinion.)
Exactly. The arrogance that comes through is amazing. You see, Moyers was not defending his bias as the title suggested. He doesn't believe he is biased! You see, his way of thinking is the right way to think, as far as he's concerned, and he doesn't give others the right to think any other way. He doesn't even notice that his "tough reporting" only gets tough on Republicans or Republican issues only.
I have no problem with Bill Moyers foaming at the mouth like this. Freedom of speech means, among many things, the right to sound like a moron in public on the great issues of the day. His hatefilled hissy fit against the right wing on "NOW" was brilliant in that it illuminated his state of mind perfectly. He might be fooling himself, certainly - I love the fact that he doesn't think he's a leftist - but he's also open and honest with us about where he stands and what he believes in. Compare this man to any number of conservative commentators and the difference is profound. I say, let him spout. It will only help open eyes to the foolishness of the left.
I think you'll find that Tony Schwartz of the Doyle, Dane, Bernbach ad agency was guilty of creating the daisy ad, not that Moyers wouldn't have. One thing Moyers did do was shop around to reporters the FBI wiretaps of Martin Luther King enjoying the, ahem, company of women not his wife. Robert Novak is the source for that gem.
Moyers is a douche.
This is typical arrogant elitism from Moyers and utter nonsense. Consider a hypothetical experiment in which every powerful person on the Left and Right in the last fifty years must divulge everything they wanted to keep hidden. I believe a huge majority of Conservatives would accept that deal in a heartbeat.
Maybe Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather can confirm Moyer has no liberal bias.
Moyers Tops 'Dishonor' Awards; He Crafted 1964 "Daisy" Ad
Saturday, March 29, 2003
WASHINGTON -- PBS commentator Bill Moyers scored big time with two of the Media Research Center's Dishonor Awards Thursday night. The annual ceremony highlights stupid or biased statements out of the mouths of the mainstream media news and entertainment stars.
Moyers, an old Lyndon Johnson acolyte, received the tongue-in-cheek "Dishonors" in two categories: the "I Hate You Conservatives Award," and the "Quote of the Year."
Moyers, whose Public Television salary is subsidized by the American taxpayer, had delivered an angry on-air reaction to results of the mid-term election of November, 2002.
The film clip in question showed the pundit bemoaning the Republican Party's "monopoly control of the American government" that was "united by a right-wing agenda."
He did not note in passing that his Democrat party had "monopoly control" of the government united behind a left-wing agenda while his mentor was shoveling out taxpayer dollars to build the so-called Great Society.
In his "Dishonor" award-winning rant, this relic of the sixties big government era compared President Bush unfavorably to the "reasonable" Republicanism symbolized in the fifties by the now-deceased President Dwight Eisenhower. He did not mention that Ike's "reasonableness" may have been rooted in the shrinking GOP presence in congressional, state, and local offices during his presidency, as opposed to George W. Bush who (unreasonably?) has thus far successfully campaigned to expand GOP strength.
As one presenter pointed out, it was Moyers who crafted the calm, cool, objective "reasonable" "daisy" 1964 campaign commercial whose message was that Barry Goldwater wanted to nuke little children back to the stone age.
Moyers accused Bush of trying to "force women to give up control over their own lives," "using taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich," and of bringing America "judges with a political agenda appointed for life."
Speaking of the latter, he did not mention the "reasonable" vicious left-wing campaign against Bush court nominee Miguel Estrada, first Hispanic nominated for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,
The next policy position Moyers takes that is anywhere right of dead left center will be the first.
It was 7:35 p.m. on an election night, '88 or '90. Moyers was posing as an "analyst" for CBS. (You can't make this stuff up.)
Very early returns had come in from a couple of southern/border states and they were trending Repbulican.
Moyers, clearly enraged, opined, "When you see the South voting Republican like this, that is racism."
He doesn't think he has a bias. CBS regards him as a suitable "analyst."
You can't make it up.
Mike Wallace of CBS even said something to the effect that he was liberally biased. When Wallace says that about you, well, that speaks volumes.
One either is a bigot or is not a bigot --
and it doesn't matter how "liberal," he claims to be.
The biggest crooks, will always demand that you believe they are honest.
Likewise, the biggest bigots, will claim to be the biggest liberals.
If Jesus were alive,
Bill Moyers would be leading the cries to "Crucify Him!"
He is the living Judas.
"We were biased all right in favor of uncovering the news that powerful people wanted to keep hidden. "
Like Clinton's rapes and the blue dress??
My favorite Moyers quote happened after he produced some show about how the chemical companies were poisoning our water. When someone accused him of being one sided and asked him why there were no executives from the companies he was accusing, on the show to give their side of things or to defend themselves, his reply was:
"When it comes to poisoning children their arent two sides"
He, Carter, Studs Terkel, Walter Cronkite, Molly Ivins and Garrison Keilor are all frauds. They pose as kindly moderate sages, when in fact they are hate filled glib chronic liars and as left wing as Michael Moore.
It is almost like there is this mental disease Bitter Old Liberal Syndrome. B.O.L.S.
If we could arrange a debate between Moyers and Coulter or Hannity, I think it is just possible, we could get him to literally flip out and have to be restrained by stage hands ala Jerry Springer.
Ahh, dueling sources! Here's a couple arguing for DDB having made the ad:
Maybe it was Moyers' idea, but it was the ad agency you cited which produced it. At any rate, it was axed after one showing. Goldwater said that Moyers made him puke when he saw the Marshall, TX, native on public television. Goldwater also declared Robert Strange McNamara and Richard Milhous Nixon as the most dishonest men that he ever encountered in public life. Of course, Goldwater had thrice supported Nixon for president before he issued his warning.
It does seem odd that Goldwater was among the first to support Nixon's bid in 1968. Nixon advanced about as many Great Society programs as Johnson- minority preferences and the EPA among them. I think he invented "compassionate conservatism" without giving it the new name- it would still have been called 'liberal big government' without the spin.
McNamara is perhaps the most widely despised Secretary of Defense in American history, a distinction he worked hard at earning. Some old hands who knew McNamara think they see too much of him in Rumsfeld, who has also managed to alienate the uniformed military. People who admire Rummy whacking the press corp might be surprised to learn he isn't a big favorite.