Category Archives: Bill Moyers Journal
Dean Baker will be on Bill Moyers Journal this evening. Baker is a wise man who is co-director of and runs the website The Center for Economic and Policy Research. CEPR is a great site that doesn’t give us the usual bullshit. They breakdown what is going on and give it to us straight.
Lawd knows we don’t get enough info straight…its spun like a Maytag in heavy use more times than not m’dear reader.
Tonight’s Bill Moyers Journal is devoted entirely to the documentary entitled Body of War. It was co-directed by Phil Donohue and Ellen Spiro. Its about the War in Iraq and one soldiers nightmare, Tomas Young, who was shot and paralyzed less than a week into his tour of duty. He is paralyzed from his nipples down. He is still coming back to life and he is now staunchly anti-war.
The clips shown from the movie on Bill Moyers Journal ripped my heart out. It took three years for this documentary to be completed. Ms. Spiro literally became part of the family, filming during all hours of the day and night to show what Tomas and his family deal with to bring him back from the hell created by George Bush’s war in Iraq. Tomas found life again in becoming an anti-war activist. The irony of the family situation is this:
His step-father and brother are both still supporters of the war. Tomas and his mother are not. Tomas’ brother is now in Iraq for his second tour of duty.
The documentary is slowly being released nationwide now. I am still emotionally affected by Tomas’ story so this post won’t go into much detail. I urge you to watch Bill Moyers Journal this weekend, you can find the broadcast time in your area here. The link to the movie website is above in the Title of the movie. The music was done by Eddie Vedder.
Its a moving, emotional Bill Moyers Journal..the movie clips were as well. Below is a YouTube clip of the movie.
“The elections are manipulated by religion, by money, by corporations. And then once the people are elected and they go to Washington, they fall under the influence of really serious money.”– John Grisham
This week on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL (check local listings)
* Bill Moyers interviews John Grisham, best-selling author of The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Rainmaker, in a far-ranging conversation that gives viewers insight into the beliefs and background that influences Grisham’s work and provides an unexpected look at his views about the state of the nation. “I get angry when you look at our democratic system, and I wonder how democratic it really is,” says Grisham, a former criminal defense attorney and former member of the Mississippi state legislature.
* Economic downturn. Bill Moyers gets perspective on the state of the economy and what it means for Americans from Katherine S. Newman, author of The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America.
* As spending on political television ads is set to reach a new record – 2.5 billion dollars – the JOURNAL looks at Big Media’s opportunities to feed off the fat of the campaign trail.
* A Bill Moyers essay separating the facts from the spin coming out of the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland.
If you can’t watch it..tape it! ;>)
H/T to Crooks & Liars for having parts of this interview on their site. Here is the entire 21 minutes of the PBS interview from this past friday night’s Bill Moyers Journal. Its a great interview and KO explains how his Special Comments came into being among other things. Two of the best journalists of this era together..awesome indeed!