Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Moyers tonight

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?

On Wednesday, April 25 at 9 P.M. on WMHT and other Public Broadcasting stations, watch "Buying the War," a 90-minute documentary with Bill Moyers that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, which includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Meet the Press; and Walter Isaacson, former chairman and CEO of CNN.

“This gutsy program is essential viewing for explaining how punditry often overshadows journalism on television.”
- Orlando Sentinel

"Every American should watch it, especially those, like me, who naïvely bought into a war sold on false pretenses.... Much on television is junk. I’d call 'Buying the War' must-see TV."
- Providence Journal

"It takes us through its argument free of hyperbole... This is the kind of work that should be shown to journalism students as a warning about how dangerous a cowed press can be to democracy's health."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer