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Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War | Moyers & Company

Journalist Nick Turse describes his personal mission to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex.

Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans — including many accused of war atrocities — and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.

“American culture has never fully come to grips with Vietnam,” Turse tells Bill, referring to “hidden and forbidden histories that just haven’t been fully engaged.”

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Bill Moyers/Tom Engelhardt: A Must-See for Election Day

My editor and good friend Tom Engelhardt taped a segment on the super-sizing of American politics and the three ring circus that we know as the presidential election with the ever-erudite Bill Moyers.  The show was supposed to air last Sunday, but superstorm Sandy intervened and it never made the airwaves.  Luckily, just in time for Election Day, the interview has now been posted online at the Moyers & Company website.  Check it out above or click here.

This is still relevant even after the circus. Watch.

Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members of the Supreme Court handed for-profit corporations the right to secretly flood political campaigns with tidal waves of cash on the eve of an election, they moved America closer to outright plutocracy, where political power derived from wealth is devoted to the protection of wealth. It is now official: Just as they have adorned our athletic stadiums and multiple places of public assembly with their logos, corporations can officially put their brand on the government of the United States as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the fifty states. The decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission giving “artificial entities” the same rights of “free speech” as living, breathing human beings will likely prove as infamous as the Dred Scott ruling of 1857 that opened the unsettled territories of the United States to slavery whether future inhabitants wanted it or not. It took a civil war and another hundred years of enforced segregation and deprivation before the effects of that ruling were finally exorcised from our laws. God spare us civil strife over the pernicious consequences of Citizens United, but unless citizens stand their ground, America will divide even more swiftly into winners and losers with little pity for the latter. Bill Moyers (via azspot)

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Moyers returns to TV | Rochester City Newspaper

And some positive news on my blog for once:

According to the New York Times, a new Moyers program - “Moyers & Company” - will debut later this month. It’ll be similar to his previous “Bill Moyers Journal,” featuring thoughtful and thought-provoking interviews with knowledgeable, engaging people.

Among the subjects of interviews already conducted: Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, on their book “Winner-Take-All Politics,” and former Reagan budget official David Stockman, who has become a strong Republican critic.

WXXI will show the program, which is being distributed by American Public Television, not by PBS. XXI said this morning that the schedule hasn’t been set yet, but that it will probably air on Sundays.

Bill Moyers keynote at Public Citizen’s 40th Anniversary Gala

…Those “men of action in the capitalist world” were not content with their wealth just to buy more homes, more cars, more planes, more vacations and more gizmos than anyone else. They were determined to buy more democracy than anyone else. And they succeeded beyond their expectations. After their forty-year “veritable crusade” against our institutions, laws and regulations—against the ideas, norms and beliefs that helped to create America’s iconic middle class—the Gilded Age is back with a vengeance. - Bill Moyers

Obama seems obsessed with wanting to lead the country in what he sees as a post-partisan era while his opponents are so partisan they have only one goal in mind—to destroy him even if they have to burn down the house to do it. Well, you may want with all your heart to save your marriage but if your philandering, uncaring, unredeemable, and narcissistic partner is determined at all costs to break up the marriage, the sooner you decide not to play the fool, the better. Bill Moyers (via azspot)

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Obama seems obsessed with wanting to lead the country in what he sees as a post-partisan era while his opponents are so partisan they have only one goal in mind—to destroy him even if they have to burn down the house to do it. Well, you may want with all your heart to save your marriage but if your philandering, uncaring, unredeemable, and narcissistic partner is determined at all costs to break up the marriage, the sooner you decide not to play the fool, the better. But there’s something else at work here. Obama’s base keeps criticizing him because he’s not liberal or progressive enough. But back in 2008 I told the young African Americans on my staff that he was going to break their hearts. They didn’t believe me and wanted to know why. Because he wants the conservatives to like him too much, I said, and I gave them some articles about how Obama, when he was editor of The Harvard Law Review, was more intent on appealing to his conservative counterparts than on making his own arguments. Do you know that several of those young people have come back to me in the last year to say I was right—he has broken their hearts. Remember, after the election in 2008, when Obama went to Washington before the inauguration, at his own initiative he went to dinner with a collection of conservative pundits. Not one of them supports him today, but he seems still to want to “save the marriage.” Bill Moyers (via azspot)

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Bill Moyers will Return to Television | NYTimes.com

The best news I’ve read today:

Bill Moyers says he is returning to public television in January, but he won’t be found on the PBS lineup.
His new hourlong weekly show, called “Moyers & Company,” will focus on one-on-one interviews with people not often heard on television, “thinkers who can help us understand the chaos of this time,” Mr. Moyers said in a telephone interview. “We’re going to be concerned with the state of democracy and the state of affairs, but we will leave the daily and weekly story to others and try to do the back story.”