Moyers defended public broadcasting against recent partisan attacks and called on journalists to revive serious inquiry, question egregious public behavior, and tell the truth when they see it. He didn’t mention Limbaugh by name, but he did say, “The more compelling our journalism, the angrier the radical right of the Republican Party gets. That’s because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth.”
William Hare has written a thoughtful piece at Political Strategy about the jackal pack – which now has PBS in the crosshairs - and their patented technique of substituting epithets and insults for serious commentary. He compares Bill O’Reilly’s “childishly vitriolic pseudo interviews” and temper tirades to the kind of reasoned, courteous inquiry Moyers used to conduct with people of all political stripe. Then he turns to Limbaugh:
Less bombastic, perhaps, but equally reliant on repetition and bereft of intellectual courage, we have “fair and balanced” Fox News endlessly repeating Bush position papers on WMD and Iraq. Or Bush telling us freedom is on the march in Iraq. Or Bush telling us how tax cuts will fix everything. Or Bush telling us we have a crisis in Social Security.
As Bush himself remarked yesterday at a Bamboozlepalooza™ Social Security event in Greece, NY, "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."