So much did the folks at Pajamas like my piece, Bill Moyers: The Power of Outing, they asked me to write followup piece for their web-page.
As i was researching it, I shared a gems from his own programs and ramblings, a along with my own observations about his prominence and media bias.Â As I worked, I concluded that the driving force behind Bill Moyers’ work for the politically ruthless Democratic President Lyndon Johnson and his “journalism” was to undermine his political foes, all of them to the right of the American political center.
My piece is now up at Pajamas. It only scratches the surface of his malice, hypocrisy and sanctimony. Let me whet your appetite with the first few paragraphs.
On August 17, 2007, Bill Moyers closed his Journal, his weekly show on the taxpayer-subsidized Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), bidding farewell to Karl Rove, a top aide to President Bush, then leaving his job as Deputy Chief of Staff at the end of the month:
Using church pews as precincts Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat — a battering ram, aimed at the devil’s minions, especially at gay people.
Interesting how that former Democratic White House Press Secretary singles out an aide to a Republican president for using gay people as political fodder.Â When he occupied a similar position for Lyndon Johnson, a president far more eager than Rove’s employer to destroy his political opponents, Moyers did not hesitate to use sexuality as what he might call a “weapon of political combat.”
And not just political combat.Â Moyers e even tried to find out about the sexuality of a number of aides to his Democratic boss.
Read the rest here.
UPDATE:Â Jack Shafer at Slate notes why this story remains relevant forty-five years after the fact, “my beef with Moyers isn’t what he did in the mid-1960s but his refusal to acknowledge in a straightforward manner what he did.”