Bill Moyers Returns April 25 to PBS with "Buying The War"
Bill Moyers has put together an amazing 90-minute video documenting the lies that the Bush administration told to sell the Iraq war to the American public, with a special focus on how the media led the charge. I've watched an advance copy and read a transcript, and the most important thing I can say about it is: Watch PBS from 9:00 to 10:30 PM on Wednesday, April 25. Spending that 90 minutes will actually save you time because you'll never watch television news again - not even on PBS, which comes in for its own share of criticism.
The tragic thing is that columnists like Eric Margolis and Gwynne Dyer were blowing holes in all of this intelligence information before the war started. Some of the evidence they were presenting and was being backed by members in the CIA and other agencies was jaw dropping and proved absoluty what the Bush administration was doing was flat out lying. There was the chance to stop this but the rest of the media wanted a war.
And the most fantastic stories of all were fed to David Rose at Vanity Fair Magazine. We see a clip of him saying, "The last training exercise was to blow up a full-size mock-up of a US destroyer in a lake in central Iraq."
The premiere of BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, “Buying the War,” explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, including how the government’s claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to Saddam Hussein were largely accepted at face value by the mainstream media and cheer-leaded by the “partisan press.” The marketing of the war has been much examined, but BILL MOYERS JOURNAL looks at how key elements of the media bought into the propaganda. “Buying the War” features interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of “Meet the Press”; Bob Simon of “60 Minutes”; Walter Pincus of the Washington Post; Walter Isaacson, then president of CNN; editor at large of The New Republic and author Peter Beinart; talk show host Phil Donahue; and James Wolcott, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder, which was acquired by the McClatchy Company in 2006. Virtually alone, Knight Ridder asked for the hard evidence to back up the president’s justification of the war.
I used to be a real fan of Bill Moyers - until he appeared on Bill Reilly's show the other night.
His denial of what he had previously said - even after Reilly showed clips of Moyers saying this - shows me that Moyers is merely the opposite side of the same misinformation stream as Reilly, Limbaugh etc.
Correction: it looks like some of the broadcasts of Bill Moyers' Journal this weekend will be a new episode (with guest Jon Stewart of The Daily Show). Last night's "Buying the War" episode will apparently be rebroadcast late Saturday/early Sunday, e.g.:
11 pm Pacific / 2 am Eastern on WGBH Boston
2 am Pacific / 5 am Eastern on KCTS Seattle