Why Did the Press Buy the War? Check Out Bill Moyers' Journal
The marketing of the war in Iraq by the administration has been much examined, but a critical question remains: How and why did the press buy it? The new Bill Moyers Journal premieres with a documentary that explores these very questions.
Bill Moyers and his team piece together the reporting that shows how the media were complicit in shaping the "public mind" toward the war, and ask what's happened to the press' role as skeptical "watchdog" over government power. The program features the work of some intrepid journalists who didn't take the government's word at face value, including the team of reporters at Knight Ridder news service whose reporting turned up evidence at odds with the official view of reality.
Buying the War includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Meet the Press; Bob Simon of 60 Minutes; Walter Pincus of the Washington Post; Walter Isaacson, then president of CNN; editor- at-large of The New Republic; and author Peter Beinart; and talk show host Phil Donahue. Noted media critics Eric Boehlert and Michael Massing are also interviewed.
Click here to view a preview of Buying the War:
Host a House Party with Bill Moyers on April 25th!
On Wednesday, April 25, you can host An Evening with Bill Moyers house party to watch his newest documentary, "Buying the War," broadcast live on your local PBS station. Just before the screening, Moyers will be available to answer your questions during an exclusive conference call with media reform and anti- war activists around the country. The house parties are being organized by the media reform group Free Press.
Sign up online to be a host
Invite people you know (Free Press will also invite Free Press Activists if you'd like) Read the hosting guide and print hosting materials Open your home or find an appropriate venue Watch "Buying the War" and join the conference call with Bill Moyers
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