Jewish World Review Dec. 20, 2004 / 8 Teves, 5765

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Bill Moyers' biggest news story of our time


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | By now, many who follow media events have heard the latest rant from PBS host Bill Moyers regarding his retirement plans. The former newsman and Democratic operative says he will spend the final chapter of his life reporting on the biggest news story of our time.


So what does Moyers consider the monumental event that changed Western Civilization and the world? Is it the September 11 terror attacks? The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? The Islamic extremists' worldwide war of terror?


Not even close.


Moyers is telling Americans on the eve of his retirement that the biggest story of our time is Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, and Fox News.


No. Really. I'm not kidding.


This guy claims with a straight face that the biggest news story in this age of terror is "how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee." Moyers claims, "We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."


So the former CBS and PBS newsman — who served in Democratic Administrations — is now interested in an independent press that shows no favoritism to any political party.


Gee. That's a relief, because if one were to judge Mr. Moyers by his own words though his career, this self-righteous reporter (who claims to practice the purist form of journalism) could be accused of being little more than a shrill political hack for the Democratic Party.

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Let's go back two years after the American voters gave Republicans control of the Senate in the 2002 midterm elections. The week after Democrats suffered that stunning loss, Moyers went on a left-wing rant that reminds one more of James Carville than Walter Cronkite.


The PBS host of "NOW" launched into a rabid screed and declared that "for the first time in the memory of anyone alive, the entire federal government — the Congress, the Executive, the Judiciary — is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate."


Moyers went on to declare that Republicans would use their power to oppress women, rob from the poor to feed the rich, rape the environment, and push for secrecy "on a scale that you cannot even imagine."


He concluded the reading of his Democratic talking points by making a joke at Christians' expense by saying, "If you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture."


What a calm, disinterested voice of reason.


But wait. There's more!


Not content to simply use his anchor chair on taxpayer funded PBS to attack Republican policies, Moyers amped up his Democratic rants by resorting to childish name-calling. For the former Democratic Party hack, anyone disagreeing with his 1960s style brand of liberalism was branded as being "delusional."


"One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal," Moyers said. "It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress."


Maybe someone should inform Mr. Moyers that far from being marginal or on the fringe, George W. Bush received more votes than any other political candidate in United States history.


So is this so-called journalist calling the majority of American voters delusional for electing President Bush and a Republican Congress?


Could it be that it is Bill Moyers and his big government agenda is the one that is extreme and on the fringe of American political life?


And doesn't it seem to you that Bill Moyers is accusing right-wing media types of doing the same thing for the Republican Party that he has been doing for Democratic candidates for forty years?


Of course. But in the media world, liberals like Moyers get journalism awards, while cultural megaforces like Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge get served extra helpings of scorn and ridicule from media elites.


Not that they're complaining.


I would guess that most of those targeted by Moyers don't mind being on the wrong side of the retiring host since, unlike Moyers, they are on the right side of history.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts “Scarborough Country,” 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. He is the author of the recently published "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)Comment by clicking here.


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