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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Rogues Gallery - A partisan propoganda arm of the RNC

posted by Jazz at 1/12/2005 08:03:00 AM


"The quality of journalism and the quality of democracy go hand in hand."
-Bill Moyers

Gannet columnist Dave Rossi has a nice column today which pays sad tribute to the retirement of Bill Moyers from journalism just, as Rossi says, when we need him the most.
With television news, or what now passes for news, marked by a degree of timidity that approaches self-censorship, the retirement of Bill Moyers from broadcasting could not have come at a worse time.

Moyers, 70, was one of the last, if not the last, major broadcasting figure with enough spine to stand up against the right-wing Republican juggernaut, which, having seized control of the federal government, is attempting to influence, if not actually control, what the public finds out about its machinations.
He goes on to point out a few things about the recent xxx scandal, of course, but then hones in on Moyers' observations on the so called "liberal media" myth.

Moyers' final appearance on NOW, a one-hour public affairs program he started in 2002, came on Dec. 17. Most of the program was devoted to an examination of what is called "conservative media," conservative in this case being a polite way of saying rabid right. Moyers, with characteristic accuracy and honesty, called that crowd what it is: "A partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee."

It's a rogues gallery all too familiar: Limbaugh, Hannity, the endlessly self-promoting fraud O'Reilly and the entire crew at Fox News. Moyers' most telling remark, however, was this observation: "The quality of journalism and the quality of democracy go hand in hand."

How very true, and at the same time, how very sad. Rossi closes with a nice compliment for Jon Stewart, even if it is delivered in a tone of despair for our nation.

All of which means your best shot at honest political coverage for the next four years figures to be The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

When your best source of warts-and-all news coverage is a show that jokes about dispensing "fake news," you know broadcast journalism is in worse shape than even Bill Moyers feared.

I surely can't be the only one who gets tired of hearing Power Loons and all the rest of the Rabid Rightie Brigade pontificating endlessly about how the MSM is so horribly liberal, and fair coverage is never given to conservative issues, reporters are "too hard on the president", etc. Please. Just give me a break. You're making me ill.

If you like his work, you can e-mail Rossi via his editor at Be sure to tell him I sent you. :-)