Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bill Moyers Does It Again

He asks the questions and examines the issue reporters in every market should have been addressing for years.   His guests for the premier show, Winner-Take-All Politics authors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, have done a superb piece of work. 

Class warfare?   The war has been fought and the top tenth of the top one per cent won a long time ago.   The question for any news organization is why it would play human microphone stand for the Mitt Romney narrative saying the Obama Administration wants a culture of dependence.  Why have so many reporters stopped asking for evidence?

My son was just arguing there should be an intelligence test for voters.  A good place for any citizen to start would be to read Hacker and Pierson's book, a book that should be mandatory reading for any reporter.

When journalism fails bad things happen.   And the reason the top tenth of the top one per cent have been able to do whatever they want with impunity is because journalism failed.   Journalists stopped doing accountability journalism.   Journalists stopped doing what journalists are supposed to do.  It's no surprise; bad things happened.   It's time for a change.   It's time for all journalists to do what Moyers has always done, ask the questions that need to be asked.   It's time for all journalists to once again do accountability journalism.  

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