Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bill Moyers: On Democracy & “Bumper Sticker Media”

Sigh. Why aren’t there more journalists like Bill Moyers around?

Yesterday, he appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann discussing corporate media bias and the way their narratives damage American politics by ignoring critical issues and grinding information into sound bytes and bumper sticker-type messages.

“We’re not going to have a discourse in this campaign over the fact that the great American wealth machine is benefiting only those at the top. We’re not going to get to the fact that 10% of the people own 60% of the wealth and 70% of the people have no net worth. We’re not going to get to the issues of how do we rebuild the infrastructure, the sewer, the water, the highways, all that. We’re just going to be constantly in this battle of bumper stickers.” — Bill Moyers

If you haven’t watched his weekly program on PBS, you really should as it provides some of the most insightful, thoughtful political commentary on television today.

h/t: Crooks & Liars