BILL MOYERS JOURNAL Returns to PBS Line-Up in April

Jan 15, 2007, 00:00 ET from PBS

    PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veteran journalist
 Bill Moyers returns to PBS in April with a weekly public affairs series
 entitled BILL MOYERS JOURNAL -- the name of his first important series on
 public television 35 years ago. Moyers is re-inventing the broadcast for
 the 21st century, as viewers will see when they tune in for the premiere on
 Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. for his documentary report: "Buying the War"
 about the role of the press in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The
 series will then air in its regular timeslot: Fridays at 9 p.m. (check
 local listings) on PBS.
     Moyers, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, said
 in a statement, "When I retired from NOW WITH BILL MOYERS two years ago, I
 said that I wasn't retiring from television. Sure enough, we produced two
 gratifying series in 2006 -- FAITH & REASON and MOYERS ON AMERICA -- and
 the response to those broadcasts, and the work itself, simply whetted my
 appetite for more. People keep writing or stopping me on the street to
 suggest stories that are not being reported and voices that are not being
 heard. A lot of Americans long for more than conventional wisdom, celebrity
 pundits, predictable opinions and safe analysis of the obvious. There's a
 vacuum across the media spectrum, and several funders have stepped forward
 to say they would support us in our effort to fill it with independent
 journalism on the arts and letters, science, religion, business, foreign
 policy and the media. I'm as eager and charged as I was over 30 years ago
 when I entered this game. Ponce de Leon would still be around today if he
 had given up his search for the fountain of youth and just entered
     "We are excited to have Bill's voice back in the public affairs
 line-up," says PBS Chief Content Officer John Boland. "As I have traveled
 the country in recent months, I have heard friends of public television
 everywhere acclaiming his two series of 2006. We are proud to be bringing
 his journalistic instincts to our audience each week."
     The premiere of BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, "Buying the War," explores the
 role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, including how the
 government's claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to
 Saddam Hussein were largely accepted at face value by the mainstream media
 and cheer-leaded by the "partisan press." The marketing of the war has been
 much examined, but BILL MOYERS JOURNAL looks at how key elements of the
 media bought into the propaganda. "Buying the War" features 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; talk show host Phil Donahue; and James Wolcott, Jonathan Landay
 and Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder, which was acquired by the McClatchy
 Company in 2006. Virtually alone, Knight Ridder asked for the hard evidence
 to back up the president's justification of the war.
     "We're sending young men and women, and nowadays not so young men and
 women, to risk their lives. And everyone wants to be behind them. And
 everyone should be behind them," says James Walcott, Washington bureau
 chief of Knight Ridder. "The question for us in journalism is, are we
 really behind them when we fail to do our jobs?"
     BILL MOYERS JOURNAL is supported by an extensive companion Web site at where visitors can interact, give feedback and sign up for
 the Moyers podcast, which was listed in iTunes Best of 2006 People's Choice
 top 100 new podcasts. After the broadcast, each episode will be available
 in its entirety for viewing online.
     BILL MOYERS JOURNAL is funded by the Partridge Foundation, the Park
 Foundation, The Herb Alpert Foundation and sole corporate funder Mutual of
 America Life Insurance Company.
     BILL MOYERS JOURNAL is a production of Public Affairs Television, Inc.
 and a national presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York.
     Screeners and transcripts available upon request.
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