moyers on media reform

Bill Moyers addressed a conference on media reform this weekend in St. Louis. During his remarks, he had this to say:

“An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda is less inclined to put up a fight – ask questions and be skeptical.”

You can read about his speech here, watch it here, or get the transcript here. (via One Good Move)

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  1. dorothy
    Posted May 17, 2005 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    you’re too young to remember, but what is happening in this country today mirrors what happened in nazi germany when i was a child. it’s frightening to see people wrap themselves in the flag while shouting hate slogans. i see members of my own family (horrors!)who are too lazy to notice or protest what is going on, and the media are not hellping

  2. Posted May 17, 2005 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    dorothy, it’s exactly what we’re afraid of.

  3. Posted May 18, 2005 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    “Kenneth Tomlinson has his demanding donors. I

  4. Posted May 19, 2005 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    As Hal Crowther pointed out in his article War is the Only Enemy, “A quote I had underlined was from the testimony of Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials, not long before Hitler’s vice-fuehrer poisoned himself in his jail cell:

    … It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.

    Goering’s dark wisdom gained weight when a friend called me and reported that Vice President Cheney was so violently partisan in his commencement speech at Westminster College in Missouri — so rabid in his attacks on John Kerry as a anti-American peace-marching crypto-communist — that the college president felt obliged to send the student body an email apologizing for Cheney’s coarseness.”

    just to underscore Dorothy’s point.

  5. john galt
    Posted May 19, 2005 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    screw canadian tv. lets get iranian tv.. just check out this gem.

    btw you can see the complete horrific video at

    and you thought flushing a Koran was incitement.

  6. Posted August 10, 2005 at 8:34 am | Permalink

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