Beyond being wrong, Moyers is a most obvious hypocrite. No one has heaped more invective, waved more bloody shirts and uncorked more pure propaganda than Moyers in the last three years on his weekly PBS dronefest. Just because he thinks he can get away with lobbing his rhetorical bombs as long as he sounds like a soft-spoken Texas grandpa doesn't mean his words are any less outrageous.
It was Moyers who charged that Bush and Cheney and Co. were "feeding on the corpse of war." It was Moyers who compared people who wear flag pins to those who adored the Little Red Book of the communist mass-murderer Mao Zedong. It was Moyers who suggested the Republicans retaking the Senate in 2002 would unite Washington behind "eviscerating" the environment and transferring all the wealth from the "working people" to the rich, who apparently as a class have never held a job of any kind. And he laments highly opinionated broadcasters who use florid language instead of dry factual recitation?
But that's just one of the Moyers hypocrisies. Who can forget Moyers denouncing the cozy relationships between conservative foundations and conservative policy experts appearing on television ? as Moyers headed the Schumann Foundation and not only funded all his favorite left-wing wonks, but then paraded them all across his programs, paid for by the American taxpayer, without bothering to tell viewers of the trick he was pulling?
There's nothing stranger than Bill Moyers denouncing people for feeding at the public trough in secret deals. Moyers has specialized in "non-profiteering" off PBS Home Video and other Moyers-merchandising projects. It all started with "The Power of Myth," his series with new-age guru Joseph Campbell. As Larry Jarvik recounts in "PBS: Behind the Screen" almost no one knew, including PBS or the press, that Moyers had entered into a secret kickback deal granting Moyers a cut of the book proceeds to Campbell's related book. It was only one of many lucrative deals Moyers has made to profit from the nonprofit television world.
Moyers will continue to funnel millions upon millions of dollars annually to ultra-leftist causes through his foundation. No doubt he'll also continue to lecture the red states about their greedy desire for tax cuts from his lavish apartment in the snobbish heights of Manhattan. But on that score we can give thanks that no one has to listen to him, or bankroll him, any longer.