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November 20, 2005
Speaking of Moyers

The Bush administration has declared war on journalism itself.

Without, in my personal opinion, getting too much flak from journalism itself.

In his speech to last spring’s National Media Reform Conference in St. Louis, Bill Moyers accused the Bush Administration not merely of attacking his highly regarded PBS program NOW but of declaring war on journalism itself. “We’re seeing unfold a contemporary example of the age-old ambition of power and ideology to squelch and punish journalists who tell the stories that make princes and priests uncomfortable,” explained Moyers. With the November resignation of Moyers’s nemesis, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) board chair Ken Tomlinson, amid charges of personal and political wrongdoing and a host of other recent developments, it becomes increasingly clear that this White House is doing battle with the journalistic underpinnings of democracy.

There's a list of examples. The whole thing reads like a Rightwing Nixon-style bashing of the "enemies" who disagree with those in power.

In his famous opinion in the 1945 Associated Press v. US case, Justice Hugo Black said that “the First Amendment rests on the assumption that the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public, that a free press is a condition of a free society.” In other words, a free press is the sine qua non of the entire American Constitution and republican experiment.

Of course, if you're Fox 'News', you demand that a "free" press include the freedom to tell lies, but since they live over there on the Right with the other heirs of Joseph McCarthy, we're not surprised.

Update: The NYTimes is on the same bandwagon.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:56 AM