In a country as rich as America, why is there so little outcry about the ever-increasing economic divide between the very wealthy and everyone else? On the next Moyers & Company, media scholar Marty Kaplan points to America’s well-fed appetite for media distraction, and explains why such distraction is so effective. An award-winning columnist and head of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, Kaplan also talks about the appropriate role of journalists as advocates for truth.
Later on the show, acclaimed historian Gary May puts the recent Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act into historical perspective. A specialist in American political, diplomatic and social history, May’s latest book is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.