Journalist Chris Hedges and graphic artist Joe Sacco joined us for a live chat on Wednesday, July 25. You can see what they had to say by replaying the chat below..
On Moyers & Company, Hedges talked about America’s “sacrifice zones” — downtrodden places where people are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. In such books as War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, his weekly Truthdig column and other writing, Hedges puts truth-telling, dissent and social activism above all else, even if it means going to jail. Hedges tells Bill: “Truth and news are not the same thing. And the really great reporters are management headaches because they care about truth at the expense of their own career.”
In his new book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Hedges teamed up with Sacco, who has traveled all over the world using the techniques of the comic book illustrator as a tool of journalism. Together, the two of them tell the stories of the people in these forgotten corners of America with uncommon insight and humanity.