PBS correspondent Bill Moyers launched his new series Bill Moyers Journal this evening, and promptly launched into the media for helping Americans “buy” the invasion of Iraq. [The full 90-minute program can be viewed online.]
Moyers interviewed several journalists, including some of the few he says seriously questioned the merits of invading a country which had not attacked the United States. It all seems to point to a decline in the quality of journalism, particularly a reduction in investigative reporting as publishers and networks cut costs to maximize profits.
Tom Shales at washingtonpost.com calls this evening’s Journal “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism so far this year, but it’s as disheartening as it is compelling”.
It’s always depressing to learn that you’ve been had, but incalculably more so when the deception has resulted in thousands of Americans dying in the Iraq war effort.
And for even more depression, try reading Naomi Wolf’s commentary at guardian.co.uk: Fascist America, in ten easy steps, which compares the curtailment of civil rights and concentration of presidential power under George W. Bush, with the precursors of fascism in Europe of the 1930s.