(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 17, 2017 Farewell
BillMoyers.com will continue to serve as the archive of the television journalism my colleagues and I have produced over the past 44 years. I hope you find it useful. The site will go into archive mode on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Trump's FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet
Ending net neutrality will squelch competition, innovation and small internet startups, and limit freedom of expression, independent voices and diverse viewpoints. More than ever, Big Business, like Big Brother, will control what you read, see and hear and limit your own ability to speak up and share your opinions, your creativity, your life.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 27, 2017 The Right Returns to the Religion Well
Over the centuries, religion has cloaked hypocrisy -- and it's getting a test again as President Trump and Senate candidate Roy Moore hide behind the Religious Right's self-interested sanctimony, write Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(26 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 23, 2017 The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here's How to Make Sense of It
The news is coming so fast and furious, from so many sources and in so many fragments, that it takes more than a scorecard to keep up with the Trump-Russia connection. It takes a timeline -- a "map," if you will, of where events and names and dates and deeds converge into a story that makes sense of the incredible scandal of the 2016 election and now of the Trump Administration.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Can a War of Words Become a World of War?
The foreign policy discussion these days is just so impoverished, so repetitive, so trapped in a vocabulary -- "the indispensable nation, global leadership" -- that is at odds with our reality. And sadly, we've got a president who I think is completely out of touch. Sadly, this guy Trump just doesn't seem to have the right temperament or inclination to be educated.
SHARE Saturday, September 16, 2017 The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers on "A Duty to Warn"
Donald Trump lies repeatedly. We may come to see a president as liar as normal. He also makes bombastic statements about nuclear weapons, for instance, which can then be seen as somehow normal. In other words, his behavior as president, with all those who defend his behavior in the administration, becomes a norm. We have to contest it, because it is malignant normality.
SHARE Monday, July 31, 2017 LBJ Launches Medicare: "You Can't Treat Grandma This Way"
Whether health care is a right may be debatable, but it assuredly fulfills a basic human need -- and without it, human beings without means will live and die suffering unduly. The only way for democracy to succeed is for enough people to take up the cause where and when they can, as so many did for Medicare and are doing now for our eroding social covenant.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 1, 2017 NRA issues call for white supremacy and armed insurrection
This is the vitriol that has been spewed like garbage since the days of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, blasted from lynch mobs and demagogues and fascistic factions of political parties that turn racial and religious minorities into grotesque caricatures, the better to demean and diminish and dominate.
SHARE Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Trump and the GOP in Sickness and Ill Health
Who knows that Friday's debacle wasn't what Trump wanted all along? The man thrives on chaos, cruelty and circus, and the hated Obamacare lives on, namesake of his predecessor, the Kenyan interloper who rose to the presidency without even a passport. How better to satisfy Trump's insatiable need for spectacle than for him to fiddle as Obamacare crashes and burns, bringing pain and suffering to millions?
SHARE Saturday, February 18, 2017 Republicans, Where's the Backbone?
When survivors look back on a time of acute crisis, those who are remembered are not the spineless and opportunistic who hoped to snag a piece of the action. It is the men and women who rose in defiance and said this betrayal of what my country is supposed to be will not stand. Republicans, there is a name for those who take the moral high ground and fight back: heroes. When all is said and done, how will you be remembered?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 3, 2017 Trump's Troubling First Days
Donald Trump's presidency is off to a chaotic and troubling start with provocateur Steve Bannon pushing controversial policies and Trump closing ranks with the Right, say Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(28 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 18, 2017 We Cannot Wait for History to Judge. We Need the Truth About Trump and Russia Now.
Why did the FBI seem to favor pursuing Hillary Clinton's emails over tracking down whatever could be learned about Russia's involvement in our election? why did FBI Director Comey fail to take action when he had in his hands the dossier ex-MI6 intelligence operative Christopher Steele had assembled on rumors that Russia possessed incriminating evidence on Trump's business dealings and private life?
SHARE Friday, January 6, 2017 Resisting the Congressional Watchdog
Not that political corruption doesn't happen with divided government, but with Republicans controlling all three branches, the prospects for more Abramoff-type scandals rise, warn Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2016 There's No Debate
The giant media conglomerates have turned the campaign and the upcoming debates into profit centers that reap a huge return from political trivia and titillation. A game show, if you will -- a farcical theater of make-believe rigged by the two parties and the networks to maintain their cartel of money and power.
SHARE Thursday, July 28, 2016 Democrats Adopt a More Progressive Tone
At the Democratic National Convention, some tough-guy/gal militaristic talk has prompted floor shouts of "no more war," while most domestic policy rhetoric has been markedly progressive, say Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 22, 2016 Trump's Midnight in America
The legacy of Hillary Clinton, Trump said, is "death, destruction and weakness." She proposes "mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness." As for Barack Obama, "The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 24, 2016 A House Sit-in Against the Gun Lobby
Elevating the gun crisis to the moral level of the 1960s civil rights struggle, Rep. John Lewis led a House floor sit-in to demand a vote on a bill to restrict access to deadly weapons, write Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, June 17, 2016 The Roots of Trump's Cruel Populism
Donald Trump's angry and ugly populism has roots going back to Jim Crow-era race-baiters and Cold War-era red-baiters, including Joe McCarthy's adviser Roy Cohn and his disciples, write Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 9, 2016 Wasserman Schultz Has a Change of Heart, But Too Little, Too Late
Across the country tens of thousands of consumer advocates -- and tens of thousands of other progressives angry at her perceived favoritism toward Hillary Clinton -- have been demanding that Wasserman Schultz resign as the party's chair or be dumped before the convention opens Philadelphia.
SHARE Saturday, May 21, 2016 Tipping the Scales for Clinton?
The Sanders movement has shown that lots of cash can be raised from everyday people making small donations. His supporters and all of us should be outraged that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and convention officials have kowtowed not only to the corporate wing of their own party but also to those high rollers who back the opposition and ideas antithetical to a democracy.