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Friday, December 17, 2004

Goodbye to Bill

This Friday marks another tragic day in the life of these United States - the day Bill Moyers speaks his last on NOW. The times in the Twin Cities:
9 PM, Channel 2 - repeated at 3 AM in the morning - and at 7 PM Monday, Channel 17. It is my fervent prayer (if praying is in order these days) that the principles and incredible integrity with which Bill has created this milestone in broadcast journalism can be mimicked in his successor, David Brancaccio's management of the program. David will have a long way to go before his feet are large enough to fill them Texas shoes.

It might do us all well to record this final Moyers program for posterity for we will not see the like of it again.

Thank you, Bill, from a grateful nation.


NOW with Bill Moyers
Friday, December 17 on PBS
(Check local listings at

This week on a NOW:

* Right-wing media machine. Bill Moyers reports on the intersection of
media and politics, and how Republicans have used it so successfully in

* Liberty and justice for all? ACLU head Anthony Romero talks about
life in the midst of war on terror and what it means for Americans'
civil liberties. A Bill Moyers interview.

* For NOW, he's Bill Moyers. Bill Moyers signs off after three years as
host of NOW.


Bill Moyers looks inside the right-wing media machine that the conservative
NEW YORK TIMES columnist David Brooks called a "dazzlingly efficient
ideology delivery system." The program examines how a vast echo chamber
that is admittedly partisan and powerfully successful delivers information -
and misinformation - with more regard for propaganda than fact. Founding
father to the conservative movement, Richard Viguerie tells Moyers, "That's
what journalism is, Bill. It's all just opinion. Just opinion."


Since 9/11 and the start of the war on terror, the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU) has been one of the leading voices in the fight for the
protection of civil liberties. They have taken on cases when no one else
would touch them, cases involving foreign nationals living in our country
whose rights were violated in the early round-ups post 9/11, or cases where
law enforcement infiltrated groups of U.S. nationals in our soil, only
because they disagreed with our government's policies. Most recently they
have been in the news for making public a series "of U.S. Navy documents
that reveal that abuse and even torture of detainees by U.S. Marines in Iraq
was widespread." Bill Moyers speaks with Anthony Romero, executive
director of the ACLU, who will talk about life amidst an ongoing war on
terror and the delicate balance between protecting civil liberties and
national security.

NOW WITH BILL MOYERS continues online at ( Log
on to the site to see a timeline of media consolidation; to find out who
owns what in the American media; to learn more about the history of the
Fairness Doctrine; to take a Freedom of Speech Quiz; to look at the
history of American civil liberties during wartime; to say farewell to
Bill Moyers; and more.

Also, respond to the NOW Online's Quote of the Week at

This week, Bill Moyers signs off as host and managing editor of PBS's
weekly newsmagazine NOW with Bill Moyers after three seasons at the
helm. NOW has been called " of the last bastions of serious
journalism on TV" by the Austin-American Statesmen and "...public
television at its best" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Each week, the
series sheds light on a wide range of issues confronting the nation and
explores American democracy and culture through investigative reporting
and interviews with major authors, leading thinkers, and artists. NOW
continues its hard-hitting journalism and thoughtful analysis on January
7 with veteran journalist and current co-host David Brancaccio as its
new host in 2005.


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