PBS and the horrible Liberal Media.

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    Conservatives can hate all they want, and Democrats are going to absolutely love this, but it looks like this little ditty called “Buying the War,” by PBS is going to paint the media as kind of Conservative mouthpieces for the war.


    NEW YORK The most powerful indictment of the news media for falling down in its duties in the run-up to the war in Iraq will appear next Wednesday, a 90-minute PBS broadcast called “Buying the War,” which marks the return of “Bill Moyers Journal.” E&P was sent a preview DVD and a draft transcript for the program this week.

    While much of the evidence of the media’s role as cheerleaders for the war presented here is not new, it is skillfully assembled, with many fresh quotes from interviews (with the likes of Tim Russert and Walter Pincus) along with numerous embarrassing examples of past statements by journalists and pundits that proved grossly misleading or wrong. Several prominent media figures, prodded by Moyers, admit the media failed miserably, though few take personal responsibility.

    The war continues today, now in its fifth year, with the death toll for Americans and Iraqis rising again -- yet Moyers points out, “the press has yet to come to terms with its role in enabling the Bush Administration to go to war on false pretenses.”

    Among the few heroes of this devastating film are reporters with the Knight Ridder/McClatchy bureau in D.C. Tragically late, Walter Isaacson, who headed CNN, observes, “The people at Knight Ridder were calling the colonels and the lieutenants and the people in the CIA and finding out, you know, that the intelligence is not very good. We should’ve all been doing that.”

    At the close, Moyers mentions some of the chief proponents of the war who refused to speak to him for this program, including Thomas Friedman, Bill Kristol, Roger Ailes, Charles Krauthammer, Judith Miller, and William Safire.

    But Dan Rather, the former CBS anchor, admits, “I don’t think there is any excuse for, you know, my performance and the performance of the press in general in the roll up to the war…We didn’t dig enough. And we shouldn’t have been fooled in this way.”...



    http://www.trueblueliberal.com/2007/04/20/devastating-moyers-probe-of-press-and-iraq-coming/

    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042007H.shtml

    http://www.freepress.net/news/22592

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003574260

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x276172
     
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    I used to admire Bill Moyers, but he's in the pocket of George Soros, which all those that refused to appear know.

    What Rather says, pfffttt, he's already been authoratatively discredited, which he hopes to ignore.
     
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    Maybe its Rathers little jab back at everyone, kind of "You didnt check facts either."
     
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    Problem is, the media can be jabbed about facts, but they didn't 'make them up.' They may have misinterpreted, but didn't fabricate, hoping that since they believe the fabrication true, it would will out.
     
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    If buying the war will be shown, why wont the movie about jihadists be shown?
     
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    actsnoblemartin I love Andrea & April

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    The media.

    Facts vs. ratings

    hmm. I wonder which they care more about :rofl:
     
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    Why does PBS or NPR even exist? Why is taxpayer money being spent on programs like the one mentioned above (or a rightwing analogue), Antiques Roadshow, BBC World News (?!!), This Old House, or whatever? If these shows have merit, then let them exist is the real world of competition and the market, like everything else.
     
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    Thank you. My sentiments exactly.
     
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    actsnoblemartin I love Andrea & April

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    Not 1 dollar of tax should be spent on them.
     
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    They've got some good shows. I like PBS. But im crazy like that.
     

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