'Buying the War' — Bill Moyers terrific on PBS

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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.

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Moyers: “How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?”

“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.

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