When Air America, the left-wing talk radio network, began, I predicted that it would not succeed. One of the main reasons I gave was that liberals already had their views expressed in the mainstream news media -- the major networks, PBS and NPR (National Public Radio), and just about every major city newspaper. Therefore, the need liberals have for liberal talk radio is nowhere near the need conservatives have for conservative talk radio.
To its credit, The New York Times -- through its public editor -- has acknowledged that the Times is liberal; and anyone intellectually honest understands this is true regarding virtually all of the news media. But for those still needing proof, Bill Moyers supplied it on PBS this past weekend during his interview of one of the most radically polarizing figures in America today, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's mentor and pastor for 20 years.
The Rev. Wright's decision to allow himself to be interviewed by Bill Moyers was, from his perspective, an excellent one. It is difficult to imagine a less challenging, more fawning, interview.
How bad was it?
Given that one of the most egregious of the Rev. Wright's statements was his charge that the American government developed the AIDS virus and inflicted it on black Americans, one assumed that the first major reporter to interview Wright since the comments were made public would ask him about it. Not Bill Moyers. Beyond mentioning in the opening introduction, "Wright repeating the canard heard often in black communities that the U.S. government spread HIV in those communities," the subject was never raised.
But Moyers did ask Wright tough questions like these:
"When did you hear the call to ministry? How did it come?"
"What does the church service on Sunday morning mean in general to the black community?"
Instead of challenging Wright's un-Christian, anti-American and immoral "God damn America, God damn America" statement, Moyers asked three questions about it:
Here they are (I could not make up such puffball questions):
1. "One of the most controversial sermons that you preach is the sermon you preach that ended up being that sound bite about God damn America."
Wright's response was to deliver a 300-word indictment of America for its violence against the world.
And how then does Moyers respond? With another killer question:
2. "What did you mean when you said that?"
So Wright then delivered another, 174-word, indictment of America for its evils.
But instead of challenging Wright or defending America, Moyers' third question was:
3. "Well, you can be almost crucified for saying what you've said here in this country."