Earth to PBS: When you are under attack for being a nest of left-wingers, it might not be the best strategy to let your most identifiable left-wing stars go to radical-left conferences and attack conservatives as evil. That tends to exacerbate your image problem, see.
Moyers announced that the definition of objectivity should be turned upside down for PBS: "Objectivity was not satisfied by two opposing people offering competing opinions, leaving the viewer to split the difference. I came to believe that objective journalism means describing the object being reported on, including the little fibs and fantasies, as well as the big lie of people in power."
You can practically smell the gunpowder in that loaded statement. But to Moyers, it's objectivity.
Then Moyers grew sillier. He said that under the Bush administration and the corporate media, Americans were growing into "an unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda." Let the giggles flow as we ponder how Moyers ever meant to fix this spirit by making shows like "Now," where the vast majority of his segments offered no troublesome disagreements with his personal orthodoxy. Or consider his PBS documentary "Trade Secrets," bashing the chemical industry, which included only one solitary point of view: that of Moyers, the media monopoly unto himself.
Critics on the Right are portrayed as evil for merely demanding that somebody in this tax-funded public broadcasting maze ensures that the system fulfills its legal mandate of objectivity and balance. The radical Left arrogantly demands an "independent" news media that screams with one voice, with one mind, and with one bleeding heart, that conservatism equals war, torture, environmental poisoning, starving the poor and squelching free speech. The radical Left finds balance unacceptable, because it cannot win a fair fight for the American mind.