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BILL MOYERS: Welcome. Before we get to the serious business, let’s correct the record. Big Bird isn’t the only public broadcaster on whom Mitt Romney and the conservative propaganda machine have opened hunting season. If you saw Bill O’Reilly’s debate with Jon Stewart a week or so ago you saw Big Bill repeatedly trying to use me as the poster child for the federal deficit.

BILL O’REILLY: We have a president here who believes in social justice, alright. He wants to take your money, my money, the money of the one percent. And he wants to give it…

BILL MOYERS: He even came armed with a flash card.

BILL O’REILLY: …Bill Moyers. There he is. Bill gets it. […] Here’s what’s ridiculous…

JON STEWART: I wish I had a poster.

BILL O’REILLY: …sixteen trillion dollar debt and we got to pay for Bill Moyers? Let him compete on his own!”

BILL MOYERS: Nice work, O’Reilly. And thanks for the attention. But if you had grown up watching Sesame Street, you’d know your alphabet by now. And you would know NPR is not PBS. I’m on television, just like you. Well, not exactly like you. You reside in an alternate reality, where the truth is as elusive as a moonbeam and facts as alien as little green men with bug eyes.

Your flash card even had it wrong. NPR doesn’t pay me. I don’t work for National Public Radio, never have. This weekly series is on public television stations but we don’t get any money from PBS, either. We raise the funds ourselves, as anyone who can read would know. You can see who our funders are right there, before and after every broadcast. So if anything, we’re putting money into public TV. Over the years our programs have raised millions of dollars for stations across the country. That is a fact. Big Bill’s whole debate with Jon Stewart was like that. Even when he offered up a morsel of praise for anyone, he tripped over the facts. He gave a thumb’s up to Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, who were guests on Moyers & Company last week, for putting President Obama’s feet to the fire on immigration reform.

JORGE RAMOS: A promise is a promise. And with all due respect, but you didn’t keep that promise.

BILL MOYERS: But he had their network wrong, too.

BILL O’REILLY: And that was a best interview by the way, these Telemundo people. That was the best one so far in the campaign.

BILL MOYERS: They’re on Univision, Bill. Not Telemundo, those two are competitors. Suppose I mixed up your Fox News Channel with, say, the Cartoon Network.

Anyway, no hard feelings. I’ve never even met Bill O’Reilly, by the way. But over the years, as his attacks on public broadcasting and our independent journalism have mounted, I have kept inviting him to come on our program to have a civil conversation about our differences. No editing, no tricks. I’ll even introduce him to our fact checkers, some of the best in the world. We use them, too.

So, Bill, come on over. But one word of warning: Big Bird’s a friend of mine. And we public television types stick together, like birds of a feather. Besides, he’s bigger than both of us.

Bill Moyers Essay: Correcting Bill O’Reilly

Bill Moyers offers some fact-checks to Bill O’Reilly for false statements the Fox News icon made about him during O’Reilly’s public debate with Jon Stewart. Moyers also reiterates his longstanding invitation to O’Reilly to appear on Moyers & Company for some straight talk. Stay tuned.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642205219 Owen Johnson

    Facts and details like NPR instead of PBS mean nothing to O’Reilly and FOX. Of course, they mean little to the “mainstream media” but FOX takes it to another level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/buffy.roe Patricia Pauline Roe

    Good to hear the record set straight!

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.oltmanns Linda Oltmanns

    When ever I need a good dose of reality, and plain common sense, Bill Moyers is the man I listen to, he’s calm and informed. Absolutely, no one better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001246638073 Carma Dillon

    Live long and prosper, Bill. America needs you!

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see Bill straighten out the facts with O’Reilly!
    Thank God for his sanity.

  • Elizabeth Arevalo

    This is why the GOP wants to defund NPR and PBS.

  • Terry S

    O’reilly’s
    sponsors are investing in this low-life’s character flaws for good reason.

    He has made
    a career out of his character flaws, the ability to promote the agendas of his
    sponsors at any cost. And he does it
    with a pompous, self-righteous demeanor such that his intellectually challenged
    constituency get deeply mesmerized and dido whatever he says true or false.

  • http://chocolatetv.anderschokladprovning.se/ AndersN

    Mr Moyers seem to be a very together man. Mild, factual and true to truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.wester Jane Wester

    We will always support you, Bill Moyers. O’Reilly is another story, and not one to tune into.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Stritmatter/570495920 Roger Stritmatter

    Bill, you are as funny as John Stewart when you need to be. Well done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.williams1 Janet Williams

    Oh Bill, since when do facts matter to anyone at Fox?

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.freeman.982 Elizabeth Freeman

    God love you, Bill Moyers! There are so few to whom to turn for intellectual,factual,well-thoughtout opinions & ideas. I stopped myself from using the term ‘balanced’ because, thank you very much, we Liberals need to stop being ‘balanced’ (though I think Liberal might have it’s roots in words meaning ‘balance’! There is no one answer to any problem, but an on-going careless unconcern for human beings & their rights AS human beings is what we must continue to fight against.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.lebrun Keith LeBrun

    Thanks Bill. O’Reilly isn’t the only one who should stand corrected.

  • Pam Arterburn

    Bill Moyers, please hook yourself up with all the medical geniuses on the planet so you will live forever–America needs you now more than ever. Thank you for continuing to respect the truth while others in the television industry disregard it completely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.aller.98 John Aller

    Love it Bill!! I wish more people would fact check FOX. Bless you and Big Bird!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.breeze.752 Robert Breeze

    Bill–I’m begging you–PLEASE run for President on a third ticket next election.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.green.77128261 Mark Green

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Attaboy! As always thanks for a wonderful show and thanks for the best & truest reporting. As far as O’Reilly vs. Big Bird, my money is on Big Bird…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bill.Cater Bill Cater

    Love your comments, Bill – of course, the Cater family has loved your comments for many decades!

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.shank Donald Shank

    If the right can successfully defund NPR & PBS, and turn schools into career training institutes devoid of critical thinking, science and history, then they won’t have to worry about fact checkers.

  • James

    Jon Stewart once derided his job, having to watch 24-7 all those network shows to find a funny. I am so fortunate whether Bill and Jon or Mitt and Barack or Joe and that other guy, i can turn it off and do, thank you very much. You watch and tell me and think responsibly. You decide status quo or change. Change can not happen when you decide not to vote for the Status Quo. Jill Stein for President. Bring our troops home, Rebuild America Green.

  • http://twitter.com/ShitTownMan STM

    That may be only partially true. I’d suggest reading the latest ProPublica article on how much and where this “public money” goes. As they mention, PBS and the their companions, big public broadcasters like NPR aren’t as needy for such funds as the smaller publicly funded broadcasts.
    As stated in the article, 15% of PBS’ income comes from a public fund known as CPB where as 19 “at risk” and less branded named stations practically rely on such funding.
    Here’s the read:
    http://www.propublica.org/article/big-bird-debate-how-much-does-federal-funding-matter-to-public-broadcasting

  • http://www.facebook.com/wes.fisk Wes Fisk

    Do you think Moyers could be a little biased….nah!

  • Glenn V

    Yeah Bill!!! Very well said as always.

  • davidp

    O´Reilly will…not…NOT..have a civil conversation with Mr Moyers….PERIOD!!

  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking the same kind of thoughts. Bill Moyers is wise, intelligent, knowledgeable, and thoughtful; eloquent, calm, measured, and respectful; and he has a subtle sense of humor that can sneak up on you. The word “unique” is overused, but certainly applies to Bill Moyers.

  • Anonymous

    The fact right wing extremist like Bill O’Reilly and Russ Limbaugh have a forum and a audience to spew their poison is a miracle in itself, I believe in free speech, but there should be a way to contain the lies and distortion they spew. Thank God there is a level headed fact based platform for Bill Moyers and his guests to present a coherent alternative. Why the right wing extremist don’t want a alternative balanced view is anyone’s guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Beinart/100000553894812 Steve Beinart

    “Let him compete on his own!” Makes sense to me.

    Moyers sasy “So if anything, we’re putting money into public TV”

    Yeah? Then why are you so frantic that it might be taken away?

    And O’Reilly confused Telemundo with Univision?

    Is that more important than the hundreds of Mexican citizens killed by the Fast and FUrious weapons deliberately let loose by the Obama “justice” department?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Beinart/100000553894812 Steve Beinart

    Yes. Or this election. Start now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Beinart/100000553894812 Steve Beinart

    What? That O’Reilly mixed up Telemundo and Univsion? BFD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.lozen Fred John Lozen

    This isn’t just about Bill O’Reilly and his “journalistic style”
    that regards truth as secondary to conviction. It’s a style, or
    political philosophy, that was created by Fox and right wing media, and
    largely taken up by GOP candidates in
    general…. repeat a lie often enough, or with enough conviction, and
    it becomes the truth. Of course the premise is wholly dependent on an
    audience, or electorate, too lazy or stupid to ascertain their own
    facts, that will believe anything, no matter how contradictory, that
    fits a carefully constructed and manipulated belief system.

  • susanpub

    So nice to have it clearly demonstrated that Bill O’Reilly is an idiot!

  • susanpub

    Many big birds eat vermin, don’t they?

  • susanpub

    So you think O’Reilly is right about “NPR?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudfin Claudia Rodriguez Finelle

    Bill Moyers ,my knight in shining armor. He’s so the gentleman and the warrior. That ‘s a man!
    Bill O Reilly is a buffoon. He probably hasn’t even seen this commentary. Would he even have the decency to be humbled if he did?

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudfin Claudia Rodriguez Finelle

    It’s all about dumbing down the public. The 99 percent. The more distracted we are,the dumber we are,the more they can steal from us, our rights,our voices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Josloff/745381437 Bruce Josloff

    O’Reilly doesn’t believe half of what he purports to be true. He is a T.V. shock jock and is “cryng all the way to the bank” just like Radio shock jocks, Savage, Limbaugh, Levin et al. What all of these men have succeeded in doing is lowering the intellectual content of media and further coarsening and polarizing political discussion.

  • signjay

    Lets get one thing straight. Bill O’ Reilly is an entertainer, a mud wrestler. Bill Moyers is a journalist.

  • 56Pixels

    Moyers is the man!! Smart, informed and knowledgeable.He’s what true journalism is all about and I have the utmost respect for what he says.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Crawford/100001887515106 Linda Crawford

    I just viewed Bill’s response to O’Reilly — done with Bill’s usual classy calmness; I especially appreciated the comparison correlation between O’Reilly “show” & cartoons. Thanks for being here & sharing your integrity & talents with the citizenry. God bless U !

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.chiles1 Bill Chiles

    Reinstate the Fairness doctrine and muzzle these Fox gas bags. TV news was already mere entertainment by 1978. Now it’s grossly misleading and hate mongering.

  • Bill

    Which Bill?

  • noneya

    Telling the truth is not a priority at Fox News. After all, the entertainment value of speaking truths is often quite low. Unfortunately, too many Americans enjoy blissful, passive ignorance and soak it all in as if it’s the gospel.

  • Anonymous

    but to say it is entertainment is to take away the nasty side – it is like comparing Der Angriff from the NAZI era with a Superman comic book – its purpose is to lie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.j.kirby Edward Kirby

    I’d like to see the Fairness Doctrine reinstated as well. This would put FoxNews right out of business.

  • WyldeBill

    Mr. Moyer:

    I agree with your analysis of – and reply to – Mr. O’Riley with one exception…

    The comparative suggestion of Fox to The Cartoon Network; you were far too kind to Fox and disparaging to The Cartoon Network.

    Fox News appears, to me, to be an organized propaganda arm of predatory capitalists and others who would subvert democracy; Joseph Goebbels would smile, approvingly.

    Mein Kampf outlined the general philosophy of propaganda -

    “Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people… All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed… The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another… The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood.”

    With regard to the methodologies (of propaganda) -

    “Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side… The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward… Every change that is made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula.”

    Someone at Fox seems to have done their homework; nobody follows the playbook with more precision than Fox News.

    I think the Primary Directive (at Fox News ) is far more comprehensive than presenting the (distorted) news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.mccolly Jeff McColly

    I just finished Bill Moyer’s Moyer’s on America, and if Bozo the O’Reilly read the cliff notes he will avoid Moyer like the plague.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507089210 Kris Krunk

    Awesome…just plain ol’ awesome…thank you Mr. Moyers…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bonnie.bonsor Bonnie Bonsor

    I love you Bill Moyers! The voice of reason in a cacophony of….well…Phonies…!!! Thanks for the work you do!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cas.griglik Cas Griglik

    You got that right, Bruce! It’s strategically formulated disinformation.

  • Rhonda

    Sometimes free speech is not beneficial to the larger majority. I wish we could prosecute people for lying. Will these people ever be held responsible for their negative influence when an unstable person commits a crime, (e.g shooting @ Omama hdqtrs in Colorado)?

  • Ryan Start

    Dear Bill Moyers…There is a movement…an orchestrated movement I believe…(much like with ALEX) to change the label of the US from Democracy to Republic. I have been hearing FOX news and others like them parroting these ideas/words…calling America A republic vs a democracy. I’m beginning to ehar it on websites and forums as well. There is some backwater at work here. please please address this publicly. I know there is something fishy here. I know America is both Democracy and REpublic and it isnt as cut and dry as that but there is some ill intent behind this linguistic tongue twisting..my gutt is rarely wrong…and I would assume it is a plight to lessen the value of the majority.. vote democratically. An attempt to call the majority the mob etc and bring us one step closer to accepting plutocracy.. Please address this terminology. I smell skunks..many many skunks a foot.

  • JHC

    This is what you want to spend your time on? This was supposed to be entertaining, not serious, and a way to raise money for charity. Bill Moyers has lowered himself in my regard by showing he needs to find a way to attack Bill O’Reilly anywhere he can. It speaks of desperation. He should just thank both debaters for their charitable works (much more than Biden ever donated) and go home.

  • JHC

    We are basically governed by representatives, although some states allow for public measures to go to public referenda. That makes us a republic. Democracy implies that all issues are voted on by all the people who are allowed to vote. Did you know that until 1913, we did not elect Senators?
    California has gotten into much of its financial troubles because of “direct democracy” elections that cut taxes. Ten states only allow “direct democracy.”
    Are you afraid that the folks will vote for a party because its name is associated with our form of government? Labels can be thought of as important.

  • Don

    Big ammunition against the right wing media liars. I this what it’s down to? They blatantly lie and very little reporting on it when their caught.

  • Vicky Meyers

    I LOVE BILL MOYERS!!!! What a wonderful segment offering up some very important facts to Bill O’Reilly, who in my opinion is just a bully. I say “just” because I don’t give him any more credit that being a bully! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/arnica2007 Judi Phillips

    Congratulations Bill Moyers! Anyone who has been enough of an irritant to the status quo establishment to piss off Bill O’Reily MUST be doing something very right!! ;-D

  • kmemini

    Bill Moyers is one of the smartest, wittiest, most compassionate voices on Television — yep: Television,
    Bill Reilly!

  • Anonymous

    I did not watch Bill Moyers Journal at the time it was first broadcast. Like others of my generation, I had checked out of American life on Nov. 4, 2004.

    Then, just by chance, I caught online the episode in which Moyers pinned the flag on his lapel, reclaiming the spirit of this country that I knew from my boyhood. My reaction to seeing Moyers that day was cathartic.

    So I started watching episodes of the Journal. I watched them all. Then I watched them again and again. Friends thought I was crazy. These were, after all, current events conversations from two years ago. But the content held its value – Moyers and his guests enriched my understanding of what had happened (and was still happening) in the country from which I had withdrawn.

    Bill Moyers has become essential to the nourishment of my soul.

    Phillip LeConte
    austin, tx

  • Lynn

    I’m glad you set the record straight with O’Reilly. He doesn’t have the courage to be on your show.

  • Strawman411

    Full agreement, of course, but your caution regarding the word “unique” reminded me of its almost universal misuse.

    Not only is it overused, it is most often used as a synonym for “unusual,” i.e., enabling the user to spuriously qualify it: “the most unique,” “very unique,” and so on.

    (Don’t get me going on those who pronounce the plural of “process” pro-cess-eez. :-D)

  • John Rumble

    An uneducated populace can be easily swayed by propaganda .
    May George Orwell rest in peace .
    War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength
    We arrived there a few years late.

  • http://twitter.com/ShitTownMan STM

    it may seem too late but why assume it is so?
    Why not consider it we have one more chance?

  • surgethis

    O’Reilly is a small little minded man who made a place for himself distorting the truth and intimidating others for a nice paycheck and the pretense of being respectable. It is hard to understand how a person can be that smug about damaging our national conversation encouraging hate and violence as just another day at the office.

  • http://twitter.com/MickeyReneaux Mickey Reneaux

    Bill Moyers is a true american patriot.Thank goodness we have him.Thank you Bill.

  • libtards r Us

    Bill Moyers – may a heart attack be in your future

  • Student 9999

    In all fairness to Mr. O’Reilly, the network he works for services a vital and growing viewership: those with lower IQ scores.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeydjd83 Michael D’Angelo

    Bill Moyers vs. Bill O’Reilly? Really?

    “… when you get to the top, there’s only two things, basically, which you’ll find there: cream and human excrement … . They both float to the top. And, as incredible as it may seem to you, it’s exceedingly difficult sometimes to tell the difference between the two!

    “Is separating the wheat from the chaff as easy as it sounds? How do ordinary citizens tell the difference? How do we try to make it real? Compared to what? …”

    Read more at

    http://lifeamongtheordinary.blogspot.com/2012/10/distinguishing-wheat-from-chaff.html

  • Buddoar

    Thanks Bill! Excellent work ! To bad Big ( ego ) Bill O can’t seem to get a grasp on reality! Perhaps spending a little time with Oscar the Grouch in that alley trash can might help the perpetually incorrect Mr. O gain some much needed humility! You have a new fan Bill…… With regards…..Bill

  • Kevin Bjornson

    I am also a “fact checker” and in fact, you indirectly receive taxpayer subsidy (through PBS). Because PBS receives funds for it’s infrastructure, which you benefit from because your program is on their network.

    I agree with you that Bill O. lives in an alternate reality, but even a stopped clock is right twice each day.

    Why challenge Bill O? He would be an easy mark for your eloquence. Why not invite me unto your program? I’m co-founder of the Libertarian Defense Caucus, and belonged (in the ’64 campaign) to “Hams for Goldwater” (Ham radio operators for Goldwater). So I am a “ham” and am a good conversationalist.

    You may reach me at: kevinscottbjornson@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/tlr1029 Thomas Robison

    Interesting how true journalists like Mr. Moyer begin to stand out from the crowd at times like this.

  • Old Art Gal in KY

    Unfortunately, those who really needed to see this or hear it or read it would be the least likely to tune into a PBS channel. Sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pwarren239 Patrick Warren

    Mr. Moyers you are my hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.sowards Amanda Sowards

    Oh, Bill Moyers.. I love you more than ever.

  • http://twitter.com/KongTravels Kure Kong

    Italy is a democratic republic and defines itself in its constitution as such “L’Italia è una repubblica democratica fondata sul lavoro…” (Italy is a democratic republic based on labor). That said, they have pushed/resolved many social issues (abortion, divorce, equal status for women) via referenda.

  • Anonymous

    This has been going on for DECADES. And WHERE was the “opposition” to not only fight this, but to EDuCATE the public to build an Opposition? No, the Dem leadership, to the contrary has not only avoided the debate, but pushed to show itself to be more conservative, silencing it’s OWN, like Kucinich or Wellstone, as well as doing whatever it could to keep others from the debate. if we are in this precarious place today, it is with the connivance of BOTH corporate parties and the Media they and their funders control. Voting Dem ev’ry 4 years (LesserOfTwoEvilism) and doing NOTHING the rest of those 4 years leads to this state of numbness where we are, and opens the doors to all exploiters — as we see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BuddyMaggart Brandon Maggart

    Thank you Bill Moyers! I watched Plutocracy Rising tonight. It should be posted on Facebook for the world to see. I just called a friend and told her that it was the greatest thing, in all my years of watching, I ever saw on television. That elephant has been in the room, and getting fatter, all the time. My suspicions were expertly articulated. Thomas Paine did come to mind, back in 1776.

  • Mary

    Bill Moyers, you rock! Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    That is true but unfortunately a lot of people listen to the mud wrestler and believe he is speaking the truth! In order to have a prosperous country we need an informed citizenry that can actually think for themselves!

  • Anonymous

    To me Bill Moyers is a beacon of reason in a sea of injustice! He is an esteemed elder of our society who knows our history and who can make it meaningful to our world today. Thank you for giving us the real news!

  • peabodythinks2012

    the right still hasn’t come to grips with the fact the rest of the country is just as smart as they are, that a black man can make it as President, and that it’s actually seeing the real promise of America come to pass. The Right thinks greatness has to do with how much money you acquire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fareed.ansari.7 Fareed Ansari

    It is nice to learn that Bill Moyers would welcome comedian Bill O’Reilly on Moyers & Company.

  • Not a sheeple

    Fox repeats the history of Yellow Journalism and Bill O’Reilly is more P.T. Barnum and snake oil salesman than journalist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/forgivestudentloandebt/ WritingDetail

    A cordially respectful essay delivered in a brilliant tongue-‘n-cheek fashion …perhaps reminiscent of our late, great Andy Rooney, whom entertained us with factual logic that would be impossible (silly) to refute! Thank you for all you do, Mr. Moyers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/forgivestudentloandebt/ WritingDetail

    Not to worry, ‘Old Art Gal’, as I – & likely others – have shared the link to this brillant-rebutal on other relevant discussion threads!

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/forgivestudentloandebt/ WritingDetail

    Kevin, equating your reasoning to this: If I rent an apartment – which I do – does that preclude that I am not paying property taxes? No, it does not, as the tax has been indirectly built into the cost – infrastructure -of my lease.

  • Anonymous

    Bill Moyers represents all that is good and thorough and decent about American journalism, or journalism period. God help us all when he goes.

  • Bobby Bow

    I was disappointed that Stewart did not call BillO out on his lies.

  • itsoku2

    great job putting the facts together, as usuall enjoy listening to you. But I belive you were way to nice to him.
    He and his network are the big disaster in this country with spreding lies.
    love your work and take care

  • Tom Guzzi
  • Tom Guzzi

    O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bill%20O%27Reilly&defid=1150028

  • Tom Guzzi

    O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….O’reilly’s a pervert….

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been a fan and admirer of Mr. Moyers since the original run of “The Power Of Myth” back in the ’80s. He struck me then, as now, as a consummate professional, and an honest and genuine journalist. As for O’Reilly… well, before his Fox ego-stroking showcase, I remember him being on that awful “Current Affair” tabloid TV show, and seeing the outtakes from that show of him melting down on set, as well as seeing the sexual harrassment charges against him. Loofah, anyone?

    It’s not too difficult for anyone who’s paying attention to tell the difference between these two men- Bill Moyers is the real deal, an old-school journalist who is also a true southern gentleman, and Bill O’Reilly is a boorish, loudmouth buffoon from New York who is only in it for the money, and will shout down anyone on his program who disagrees with him. The way I see it, Billo needs props to spread his message; on his show, he has the text of what he wants you to believe scrolled down the side of the screen. During the debate with Jon Stewart, he had those idiotic cards, on one of which was the card that had Mr. Moyers on it; because, like any other hack entertainer, he needs those props because his schtick is too weak to stand on it’s own merits.

    The day Bill Moyers retires will be a sad day for truth in our nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/betty.white.5074644 Betty White

    Thanks Mr. Moyer for the straight talk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.grey.184 Jean Grey

    Why is it that people like Bill never run? Bill is one of a very select few I’d consider as elder statesmen. But there is much to be said of being a mover and shaker strictly from the outside.

  • http://twitter.com/TheNuszAbides TheNuszAbides

    what a pleasure to hear. and it only takes a few minutes! (plus other production considerations of course, though i almost hope you made more than that clip that day)

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Moyers, For the past two days I’ve found myself amazed at the racial slurs and disrespect to the President of these United States. I want to shout like the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, “Off with their heads!” This whole presidential race makes me feel like I’m in Wonderland.
    Surreal that the President’s opponent lied in all three debates. Just surreal! I wanted to smack the silly smirk off his face and I think the President should get an award for his remarkable restraint. Forgive my ranting!

  • Anonymous

    In China they call men like Bill Moyers ‘National Treasures’. We should also.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve thought this also. Lying to the public as an authority figure should be considered treason and punishable as such. The world is confusing enough without the lies, and people act on what they hear on tv as the truth, not ‘entertainment’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.amato Jeanne Amato

    So thankful to be able to see The Journal by Bill Moyers. Was orried about it awhile back.

  • foreverhippie

    And our freedom. They want to turn us into indentured servants or outright slaves.

  • foreverhippie

    He is also the father of PBS.

  • foreverhippie

    That is the last thing that the 1% want.

  • foreverhippie

    It was St Ronnie who did away with the fairness doctrine; this ‘dumbed down’ populace is exactly what he and his handlers wanted.

  • foreverhippie

    He’s a sociopath.

  • Hope Lives

    I have respected Bill Moyers for many years. Now more than ever. He is a beacon in a sea of misinformation we all find ourselves adrift in. It disturbs me greatly that politics seems to have degenerated into a game of putting out as many lies and half truths as you can get away with.

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad to see you standing up to that bully Bill O’Reilly, Mr. Moyers. I watch your show on a regular basis and admire and respect your type of journalism. People like Bill O’Reilly and his pals at Fox News cannot be ignored and left to disseminate their nonsense as truth..They’ve been getting away with misleading the public with false and biased information that they “hide” as news for way too long. Blessings to you and Big Bird.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, Billo can’t seem to get his facts straight! No surprise that he works in the Faux News ‘fact-free zone’.

    Bill Moyers is one of the most insightful and astute commentators on the national political & cultural scene for more than 30+ years. He is a pillar of virtue and integrity that Billo can only fantasise about.

    Billo, next time you want to find someone to pick on, find someone at your own level of mediocrity and IQ.

    And, maybe you ought to hire some actual fact-checkers as the ones you currently have make you look like a court jester!

  • http://twitter.com/Lampsteen John L

    Soooo, we should shoot people for lying. The White House and other government agencies like the CIA, NSA, HSA don’t give misinformation / lie on a routine basis, regardless of party affiliation? Geeze, talk about wadding up your rights and throwing them in the crapper. If you think O’Reilly / Fox is bad try watching MSNBC for more than 30 seconds. It’s comical how one sided it is. Both sides do it friend and both sides are equally drinking the Kool-aid given out by their news outlet of choice.

  • Conservativesdefeated

    Bill Moyers has more than made up for his role as LBJ’s Press Secretary. The following 40 years of his life have more than redeemed his earlier career. He is a sentinel of reaon and facts. Too bad the morons who swallow Fixed News whole don’t listen to him, they might learn something!

  • gary in pleasanton ca

    nit picking the facts. i think tongues are in their cheeks or taking a dose of reality too seriously.

  • Ric Mason

    How do you know that O’Reilly doesn’t believe the stuff he spews out?

  • Wes

    Bills point still stands. Public television and radio takes millions of taxpayer dollars to pump out leftist propaganda. If taxpayer dollars were going to Fox News you lefties would be more than upset.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004864031314 James Cole

    They got to her, too. Didn’t they?

  • Anonymous

    I am not crazy about LBJ but he did finish many important JFK projects. And when he saw his monster mistake in following military requests to kill in VN, he stopped it and did not run for office again.

    And Moyers was a pretty good Press Secretary.

  • Anonymous

    He did. You did not notice “Papa Bear” has been trying to get even? That is really funny.