Bill Moyers is retiring from television journalism, thus ensuring that the term television journalism will become the most unfunny oxymoron ever. Slated to air December 17th, Moyers’s final show is an expos?Â© of the television media itself:
“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.”
Let me spell that out in incendiary terms that should soften the blow with good-natured humor: The media is lazy, some of them are lazy and get their direction from partisan hacks with political agendas (the majority of the conservative media and quite a few of the liberal media), the rest of the time they are lazy sensationalists who feed us mind-wasting visual garbage as filler between commercial breaks (Scott Peterson trial anyone?).
What they are not doing, is journalism that tells the truth. Basically, it’s been tranformed into the art of taking a video camera to where the news happened or where something might just happen, and asking a bunch of idiots what their opinion is or spouting about what might just happen based on the opinion of those same idiots. And people wonder why The Daily Show is so popular, at least TDS is smart enough to use a green screen, skip the cost of travel, and be the idiots themselves. When the news itself is satire, all anyone has to do is hold up a mirror.
I realize Moyers is considered a liberal himself, but I’ve yet to see it play a determining factor in his journalism, which says a lot about his objectivity. He goes on to say that “you do not get rewarded for telling the hard truths about America in a profit-seeking environment.” I respectfully disagree with this, and I think there is a large demand for it and it could be very profitable, but I don’t think it’s as profitable as dredging the bottom.
Of course, with the current political climate, it’s almost entertaining to see the debate slowly move away from issues (tough reporting) into a show where the guests are reduced to yelling “fuck you, dirty liberal,” “no, fuck you, stupid neo-con.”