~~Posted by kenoshaMarge
One of the few news programs on television that I try to watch regularly is Bill Moyers Journal. I may not always agree but I am usually informed. Some no longer watch him because they believe he has been in the tank for Obama. I understand that and somewhat agree. Still I find many of his programs worthwhile and continue to watch them.
I’m somewhat picky so I decide which of his programs I will or will not watch. On the August the 8th one of his guests was columnist Bob Herbert. I find Clinton/bashing, Obama/loving columnists like Herbert loathsome and so I didn’t watch Moyers that night. Like I say, I’m picky. I’m willing to learn but not from someone with so little credibility as Herbert.
What I like most about the program is that it is not done in sound bites and talking points. That alone would make it worth a watch.
What the heck can you learn about anything in15-30 seconds? Obama good, Clinton evil, McCain old, very old, maverick and oh by the way; storm come, houses blow down. What the hell is this, media for 3 year olds? No, it can’t be because Sesame Street informed and taught the kiddies much better.
Moyers mostly aims for fair and honest. His aim is something off a little but whose aim is perfect? That he even tries is an accomplishment in itself.
Just because I don’t always agree with him doesn’t make him wrong, a liar, a fool or any other insult we seem to sling around with great frequency towards those that have the audacity to disagree with us. As adults it behooves us to allow that not everyone is going to agree with us on every subject all the time, even if we would prefer things that way. Echo chambers teach us nothing that we didn’t all ready know. If you prefer the sound of your own voice above all other things, echo away.
Friday, August 15 was a particularly interesting program for me. Moyers had only one guest, Andrew J. Bacevich. At the risk of making my ignorance abundantly clear, I had never heard of the man before. My loss.
The program went by too fast. If you didn’t see it this link will take you to PBS.org and the interview. It is well worth the watch. http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html
Like most people I adore listening to people that are articulating things that I believe. I particularly like seeing someone on television that talks to me like an adult and discusses difficult things in all their complexity. I like listening to really smart people who are telling fundamental truths and expressing unpleasantfacts honestly.
I am grateful to Moyers for giving me a chance to see and listen to this man; a man I quickly came to respect and admire. A man of integrity who tells us the truth as it is not as we wish it to be.
Bacevich begins his new book, THE LIMITS OF POWER: THE END OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, with an epigraph taken from the Bible:
“Put thine house in order.”
This will not set well with a great many of our nationalistic citizens. In their eyes there is nothing wrong with America. All our problems come from “out there” someplace. Our adventures in imperialism around the world are simply our good-hearted attempt to put the world in order. That would be the kind of order we approve of, of course. If a few innocent people get killed, maimed and turned into refugees we are sorry. Not sorry enough to stop, just sorry and it’s all someone else’s fault anyway.
Trying to explain that sometimes the United States does some very bad things to nationalistic citizenry is an exercise in futility. Want to feel the same kind of frustration? Go talk to a fence post with expectations of changing the fence post into toaster. No toast for you and if the neighbors see you they will warn their children to stay inside when the “nutcase” next door is outside.
Professor Bacevich tells us what most of us do not want to hear. Look in the mirror. Good thing he’s not running for public office. Most voters want people who tell them what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. Blessings on people of integrity like Professor Bacevich and news people like Bill Moyers.
May their kind increase.
(Note: What follows is not part of the original piece you’ve just read…that was attached to this email, which I thought provided such a great look of what else is on the box this weekend. So, not being able to resist, I decided to post it!!–GRL)
I also caught the end of reliable sources and am still spitting and sputtering.
Howie Kurtz was responding to Russia’s complaining that the American Media was
not reporting about the conflict in George fairly. Kurtz got up on his high
horse and pontificated. One sentence, and this is just my imperfect recollection
was about “how when a giant country invades a little country and kills and
threatens it’s citizens then they needn’t expect the media to be on their side.”
Words to that effect. Seems to have forgotten all about the US of A invading
Iraq, killing, maiming and making refugees of it’s citizens, didn’t he? What a
GeeDee Hypocrite Kurtz is.
Filed under: Current Politics Tagged: | Andrea Mitchell, Andrew J. Bacevich, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal, Chris Wallace, Clair McCaskill, Donna Brazile, Howard Kurtz, imperialism, nationalism, PBS, Professor Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptioinalis, Tom Daschle, Tom Ridge