Video Weekend 6/24/2017: One Who Came Before: Bill Moyers

In the dark days of accelerated mass media consolidation by giant corporations, when they were thoroughly brainwashing the American people and blacking out every bit of important truth, before the arrival of independent media on the Internet such as you are reading this very moment, you could count the remaining voices of truth on the airwaves on the fingers of one crippled hand, foremost among these a name that resonates venerably with many of the older folks: Bill Moyers. As fascism descended upon our country, he was cut down, yet rose again. Like Bernie Sanders in politics, Bill Moyers had the stamina and age-long standing in news and commentary to somehow persist. Like Bernie, old enough to enjoy his final years in retirement, the decline of our country and our lives has not let him rest; and when I think I will never hear from him again, I stumble upon a happy surprise.

In 2014, Moyers foreshadowed what Bernie Sanders would bring to the table of public discourse in his soon to follow campaign. Coming from a venerable old media man who interviews a former Republican who has come to see the light, perhaps the following two videos might open eyes even for people who self-identify as Republicans, conservatives, right-wingers, or whatever labels they prefer and which they consider incompatible with the virtues and values of justice and liberty for all, commonly associated with the political “left.” Here are these two remarkable videos:

Moyers & Company (Published on Apr 15, 2014) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight”)

Moyers & Company (Published on Apr 18, 2014) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know”)

And here is an audio-only recording which could be of special interest to Black voters but also anyone else who wants a fundamental course change of our country. One of the ideas raised, is an interesting way of rethinking: the “blank-out campaign.”

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Voters Don’t Have to Choose Between Clinton and Trump”)

Of course, as I heard this blank-out campaign idea, a voice in my head started shouting: “Why not vote for Jill Stein, instead?” But, then, as long as voters either don’t know third party candidates or think of them as pie in the sky, perhaps the first baby step to take would be to indeed make the resolution of voting for “none of the above.” Once the umbilical cord connecting us to the evil twin-party tyranny were cut in that fashion, we’d be free to look for third-party or independent candidates without a confused little inner voice whining about us “wasting” our vote, since – by then – we would have learned that every time we vote for candidates we don’t want we are indeed wasting our vote, even if we believe the candidate in question to be the “lesser evil.”

It may take baby steps for some people to come to this realization. Voting for evil, even if it is “lesser,” always gets us evil, and that’s how our country has been going down the drain for decades with our consent on the ballot.

Before I close, here are some Moyers quotes quoted from Wikipedia:

On the media and class warfare

In a 2003 interview with BuzzFlash.com, Moyers said, “The corporate right and the political right declared class warfare on working people a quarter of a century ago and they’ve won.” He noted, “The rich are getting richer, which arguably wouldn’t matter if the rising tide lifted all boats.” Instead, however, “[t]he inequality gap is the widest it’s been since 1929; the middle class is besieged and the working poor are barely keeping their heads above water.” He added that as “the corporate and governing elites are helping themselves to the spoils of victory,” access to political power has become “who gets what and who pays for it.”

Meanwhile, the public has failed to react because it is, in his words, “distracted by the media circus and news has been neutered or politicized for partisan purposes.”

On media bias

When he retired in December 2004, the AP News Service quoted Moyers as saying, “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.”

Veteran voices like Bill Moyers won’t stay around much longer, due to age, and the corporate media will either cut or co-opt most if not all younger successors. Now, as long as net neutrality survives the current corporate assault, we have independent citizen journalism to help us along (if we survive fake news smears, libel suits, and our Ministry of Truth — all of which are means for the corporate state to squash free speech).

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