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Day Two NCMR: Moyers Saves the Day

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Five Minutes Before Moyers' Speech

Day Two of the National Conference for Media Reform opened with a slam/dunk speech by Bill Moyers that reminded conference goers what, exactly, is at stake for our democracy. If the fourth estate does not remain diligent in our mandate, which is written into the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, we run the risk of becoming an impotent “fifth column.” Imagine a great experiment in democracy that becomes yesterday’s news.

Moyers came out of the gate swinging while the FOX News cameras were whirring in the mezzanine. Moyers warned that media consolidation is a “corrosive social force,” and that “refusal to speak the truth is the reason our country is being plundered.” Moyers cited the manipulation of public opinion that let to the disaster in Iraq “with thousands of American lives lost, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens lost,” and trillions of dollars squandered that could have been allocated to repairing the crumbling infrastructure of the United States. With pieces of the Interstate 35 Bridge still lying in the Mississippi River bed a few miles away, that statement was not lost on the Minnesota alternative media advocates in the audience.


Moyers Speech


Moyers hit all of the high points of media reform, but his best moment came when he read a Native American proverb to the audience. To paraphrase, a young warrior asked the old chief what made him the man that he was. The chief replied that his personality was formed by a continual internal battle between two wolves. One wolf was evil and epitomized greed, pride, revenge, ego, and selfishness. The other wolf was good and exhibited characteristics of empathy, truth, hope and love.

“Which wolf won?” the young warrior asked.



“The wolf that won is the wolf I feed,” the chief replied.

Moyers let that sink in for a millisecond and then boomed, “Media is the fodder.”

Moyers somewhat sheepishly inserted a plea for support for Public Broadcasting, saying that he, like all journalists was human—a “fallen creature.” PBS has done both good and poor reporting, he said, admitting that the programming is often bland and "safe." But, there is something wrong when PBS receives only a “whisper” of the public funding available to public media.

By 2011, market analysts predict that advertising dollars spent on the Internet will surpass all that is being spent in traditional media now. This is not news to many, but Moyers asked the audience to reflect upon what our society will look like when “branded content” takes over and there is no longer a distinction between advertising and content. MYSPACE could very well become ALLSPACE if Moyers is correct, and he most always is.

Former FBI whistleblower, Coleen Rowley, was overhead after the speech. “Moyers is one of the great orators of our time. He writes what he reads and he nailed it.”


Agent Rowley with OEN (guess who)


So, Moyers began with Day Two with an “A” which resurrected my dismal “C” rating of Day One to a “B” average on the conference. Moyers spoke to an auditorium that had ‘way too many empty seats. I would guess that it was four-fifths of its 3,400-seat capacity. Registrants number anywhere form 3,000 to 3,500, depending upon whom you talk to here. Hopefully, there will be an “official” tally by the end of the conference.

Day one was just plain old depressing, with a couple of exceptions.

Let’s begin with the good stuff.

A session called “Corporate Media Confidential” was billed as an insider’s look at big media. Catherine Crier, former 20/20, Court TV, FOX News and CNN correspondent ruled the panel with recollections of her stint with Big Media. She now has her own production company. Crier’s challenge, as she related it, was going from a career as a Texas state judge to journalism. The big boys did not feel that she had the chops for reporting, so she had to earn her way through the ranks. This is all well and good, but as Moyer’s pointed out today, it was journalists from the big prestigious journalism schools who allowed Iraq to happen by being lazy, misdirected, misguided, and afraid of their corporate bosses. It was the big school graduates who told Crier she was not good enough.

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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative environmental and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota, New Orleans and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online (more...)
 
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An afternoon with Naomi Klein?  You lucky gir... by Amanda Lang on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 12:04:13 PM
Ohhh..my "report" might surprise everyon... by Georgianne Nienaber on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 1:22:31 PM
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Great to meet you in perspn, GN!Amy Goodman just e... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 12:46:11 PM
Maybe it was just a coincidence that this conferen... by Mr M on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 4:28:11 PM
Bilderberg surfaced at our southern call-out group... by Georgianne Nienaber on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 4:43:42 PM
I sense a little offence taken. My comment was not... by Mr M on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 5:28:03 PM
Don't think that all your work and your writin... by Texas Lawyer on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 7:09:55 PM
I wonder why I only hear about these media reform ... by Nathaniel Heidenheimer on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 7:30:51 PM
thanks for your work.That said, I gotta say ain... by martinweiss on Saturday, Jun 7, 2008 at 9:39:10 PM
Don't get me wrong, it is always nice to hear ... by Georgianne Nienaber on Sunday, Jun 8, 2008 at 12:23:42 AM
...may soon be eclipsed by no newspaper stories at... by Sandy Sand on Sunday, Jun 8, 2008 at 7:28:41 AM
The Times Picayune does a good job for NOLA, and I... by Georgianne Nienaber on Sunday, Jun 8, 2008 at 8:24:21 AM
the most importatant questions facing the media re... by Nathaniel Heidenheimer on Sunday, Jun 8, 2008 at 12:54:43 PM
The questions that Nathaniel poses are excatly the... by Georgianne Nienaber on Sunday, Jun 8, 2008 at 2:56:00 PM