Journalist and author Bill Moyers’ new PBS series, Bill Moyers Journal, is a winner. The first 90-minute episode, “Buying the War,” premiered last night. It was riveting stuff, examining how the Bush administration embraced shaky information from Iraqi defectors, how the mainstream press — including the supposedly Left-leaning New York Times and the Washington Post — ignored facts and reports (mostly on a lack of evidence on Saddam’s nuclear/WMD capabilities and the ties between his government and Al Queda). Included were thoughtful and direct interviews with Dan Rather, Tim Russert, Bob Simon (of 60 Minutes); Walter Isaacson (former president of CNN,), and Knight Ridder’s John Walcott, Jonathan Landay, and Warren Strobel.
“Buying the War” was one of the strongest pieces of journalism I’ve seen a great long time. Clips are available on the . Please check it out. Seriously.