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Then there's another hidden layer. Moyers is more than a public endorser of CMD. He's been a financial supporter, through his other job as the president of the Schumann Center for Media & Democracy (formerly the Schumann Foundation). This interview is merely the latest in a long line of Moyers PBS interviews that he hands out like candy to his Schumann grantees -- without disclosing the glaring conflict of interest to the viewers or the taxpayers.

Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard nailed Moyers to the wall on this hypocrisy back in 2003, and Moyers is still shamelessly practicing it. He told Hayes that he always disclosed the fact when a Schumann grantee appeared on his programs. That was a falsehood. This program was just the latest proof of this PBS host's habit of lying by omission.

CMD is shameless enough to have its own website -- Frontgroups.org -- assailing the notion that some people aren't what they say they are. These "hidden persuaders," they allege, are quoted in blogs and the media while "pretending to represent the grassroots when in fact they are working against citizens' best interests." All this, while newspapers and television shows spotlight Potter as a corporate whistleblower, and ignore the group now employing him. Amazing.

Welcome to situational socialist ethics. The left thinks its own non-disclosures aren't malicious because they're in the "public interest." They have no profit motive -- just power lust. Hiding your affiliations isn't dishonest when you seek to abolish the insurance industry and put the government in charge of everyone's life-and-death decisions.

In the last two months, Moyers has featured three one-sided interview segments, pleading to impose a Canadian-style "single payer" system. He even insisted "Armageddon" was coming on health care, casting Obama as the Messiah and Rupert Murdoch, the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce as the Antichrists.

If Moyers ever gets his way and America gets shackled to such a rigid and rationing system, you can be sure that if he ever gets denied care by the government, that hypocrite Moyers will take his PBS merchandising millions (that isn't disclosed to his audience, either) and buy better health care for himself.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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