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
pbs.org/moyers 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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