Bill Moyers is my kind of Journalist

Doc Searls provides a link to Jim Thompson’s blog. Jim’s post “Quote of the Day” is by Bill Moyers. “We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country, or we’ll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we’ll not save democracy from its own inertia.”

As I searched for “the source” of this quote, the link on Jim Thompson’s blog provides nothing (thanks Yahoo), I found this article by Bill Moyers called “Journalism Under fire”.

Aparently it’s based on a “speech, given by Bill Moyers at a Society of Professional Journalists conference on Sept. 11, 2004.”

Here is the entry & quote Jim Thompson has:

While bloggers aren’t the be-all/end-all of journalism (note the small ‘j’), this does help explain the impending death of corporate/big-J Journalism:

“I’m going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. We have an ideological press that’s interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that’s interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don’t have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people.

You don’t get rewarded in commercial broadcasting for trying to tell the truth about the institutions of power in this country, I think my peers in commercial television are talented and devoted journalists, but they’ve chosen to work in a corporate mainstream that trims their talent to fit the corporate nature of American life. And you do not get rewarded for telling the hard truths about America in a profit-seeking environment.

We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country, or we’ll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we’ll not save democracy from its own inertia. — Bill Moyers

Did you know that Bill Moyers was Deputy Director of the Peace Corps? How cool is that! Very!