|VIDEO: Another rabid moment from Bill-O.|
You’ve got to love that screen capture. But don’t let “the big giant head” keep you from reading his “Talking Point” words. See, Bill-O would grant an interview with Moyers if he agreed to come to the “Factor” studio so Bill-O would “have a copy of the conversation.” Uh-huh. Bill-O wants a “copy of the conversation.” Right. Picture Moyers’ mike being turned off and you get the real picture. The truth hurts the U.S. media, but especially Fox “News.”
What’s it about?
How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?
The video begins with a familiar quote. They were selling the war. We all know to whom “they” refers,
But Bill Moyers media piece tonight is really a story about Knight
Ridder, now McClatchy. How they got it right on the war and everyone else,
from wingnut radio to Fox “News,” got it wrong. But not just wrong;
they got it wrong on purpose. Maybe that’s why Bill-O is raising such a stink.
A clip of Bob Simon talking about the obtuse nature of the
corporate hack pack, who wanted access more than anything else is revealing. The guilty are also the lofty: Bob Woodward,
Judy Miller, Michael Gordon (though Cobra II somewhat vindicated Gordon) and the list goes on and on.
The story is simple. We’ve been talking about it for years.
In the run-up to war, skepticism was a rarity among journalists inside the
Beltway. Journalist Bob Simon of 60 Minutes, who was based in the Middle East,
questioned the reporting he was seeing and reading. “I mean we knew things
or suspected things that perhaps the Washington press corps could not suspect.
For example, the absurdity of putting up a connection between Saddam Hussein
and Al Qaeda,” he tells Moyers. “SaddamÃ¢â‚¬Â¦was a total control
freak. To introduce a wild card like Al Qaeda in any sense was just something
he would not do. So I just didn’t believe it for an instant.” The program
analyzes the stream of unchecked information from administration sources and
Iraqi defectors to the mainstream print and broadcast press, which was then
seized upon and amplified by an army of pundits. While almost all the claims
would eventually prove to be false, the drumbeat of misinformation about WMDs
went virtually unchallenged by the media. THE NEW YORK TIMES reported on Iraq’s
“worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb,” but according
to Landay, claims by the administration about the possibility of nuclear weapons
were highly questionable. Yet, his story citing the “lack of hard evidence
of Iraqi weapons” got little play. In fact, throughout the media landscape,
stories challenging the official view were often pushed aside while the administration’s
claims were given prominence. … ..
BUYING THE WAR
– Bill Moyers
It’s airing on PBS tonight.