May 18, 2005
-- by Thomas Leavitt
[I don't normally do this (repost emailed notices), but Bill Moyers is someone whom I admire and respect tremendously. This is an important speech and an important call to action. -Thomas]
Dear Media Reformer:
In an historic speech on Sunday, legendary television journalist Bill
Moyers blasted Kenneth Tomlinson of the Corporation of Public
Broadcasting (CPB) for launching a partisan witch hunt at PBS and
called for a series of town hall meetings across the country.
"I simply never imagined that any CPB chairman, Democrat or
Republican, would cross the line from resisting White House pressure
to carrying it out for the White House," Moyers told a packed room at
the National Conference for Media Reform. "And that's what Kenneth
Tomlinson has been doing."
You can now watch or listen to Moyers' entire speech on the Free
Press Web site:
An audio recording can be downloaded at: www.freepress.net/conference/audio05/moyers.mp3
Or you can watch the video at:
Transcript online at www.freepress.net/conference.
In his first public statement since the controversy at PBS emerged,
Moyers endorsed a call by media reform groups for a series of town
hall meetings nationwide so that Americans can speak directly to
station managers and policymakers about what they want and expect
from public broadcasting.
More than 50,000 Americans have already signed the Free Press
petition calling on Kenneth Tomlinson to resign and demanding that
the public be put back into PBS.
Please add your name to the petition by clicking
"That great mob that is democracy is rarely heard, and that's not
just the fault of the current residents of the White House and
Capitol," Moyers said. "There is a great chasm between those of us in
the business and those who depend on TV and radio as their window to
the world. We treat them too much like audiences and not enough like
citizens. They are invited to look through the window, but too
infrequently to participate and make public broadcasting public."
Please support Bill Moyers, public broadcasting, quality journalism
and democracy by signing the petition and passing along this message
to everyone you know.
Robert W. McChesney
P.S. The conference was a rousing success. Visit
www.freepress.net/conference for audio and video recordings of the sessions, new
episodes of "Media Minutes" and news reports. New content is being
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"Kenneth Tomlinson has his demanding donors. I’ll take the widow’s mite any day." I'll start believing Moyers, as well as take him up on his offer, when he says he would rather have the $500 than the $400 million from Uncle Sam. See Raging Bill
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