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I respect Bill Moyers' journalism and appreciate his contributions to our understanding of many issues. While his experience and background helps to broaden the perspective he shares with us, the muddleheadness of his own arguments detracts from the value of his opinions. On today's show, he lamented the use of the term "socialist" by certain Republicans to describe Democratic health care policies as a tactic to denegrate those who champion those policies. Then used terms such as "Wall Street" and "big powerful corporations" as shorthand for those who hold positions opposite to his own. How can it be inappropriate for some people to use buzzwords when he is guilty of the same tactic? Does the rightousness of his own positions give him the right? I don't think so.
Re: Wright. The remembered-and-repeated sound-bite thing is certainly not surprising. He will neither be the first nor the last person to have this happen to him. Also a lesson (also not surprising) to be careful what you say at all times. Says a lot about human nature, doesn't it?
Moyers is a good man.....but people like Wright are populist hate mongers. Let's hope Obama makes people like that obsolete.
Why doesn't a first rate journalist like Bill Moyers have a show on NPR or WNYC?
Or at least have his PBS program rebroadcast on NPR or WNYC?
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