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An Interview with Bill Moyers

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  • "I'm angry at what's happening to our country and angry with myself that I can't do more," says the TV legend.
  • "It’s the people who are doing the nonviolent organizing at the grassroots that make me think there’s still hope."
  • Say No to Internet Censorship

Peter Dreier, the Progressive

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March, 2014 | We are this close to losing democracy to the mercenary class.

Last October, Bill Moyers announced that he was retiring and that his weekly show, Moyers & Company, would end January 3. Three weeks later, in response to an outpouring of e-mails, letters, and Facebook comments urging him to reconsider, Moyers recanted. He will continue to host the show. His only pushback was to recast the show from an hour to a half-hour format.

Moyers, who turns eighty in June, has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism. Born in 1934 to dirt-poor farmers, Moyers left Marshall, Texas, in 1954 to attend college. At the University of Texas, he majored in journalism while working full time as assistant news editor for KTBC-TV for $100 a week. He graduated in 1956 and then studied theology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Peter Dreier teaches politics at Occidental College. His latest book is “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame” (Nation Books, 2012).

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Say No to Internet Censorship, Open Media

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March 16, 2014 | Leaders from 12 countries are about to lock into place binding Internet censorship rules through an agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

Leaked documents reveal that the TPP will make the Internet more censored, expensive, and policed.1

Experts say, “kids could be sent to jail for downloading” and whole families could be kicked off the Internet.2

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This looks like our last chance to speak out against the huge damage the TPP will do to free expression online. 

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[1] Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Source: WikiLeaks.

[2] What’s actually in the TPP? Source: Public Knowledge

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Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now! Roots Action

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  • A federal appeals court just sided with Verizon and against you, against us, against the Internet.
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  • If this ruling stands, the Internet as we know it will die.

 

 

Enough is Enough: No Comcast / Time-Warner merger!

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  • Enough of cable bills higher than heating or electric bills. Enough of companies demanding you buy channels you don’t want, and blocking programs you actually want to watch. Enough of rotten customer service, spotty cable, sluggish Internet.
  • It’s time we take a stand against huge corporations becoming behemoths, wiping out the competition and sticking it to those of us who have little choice to go elsewhere.
  • What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?

Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union

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angry-consumer.jpg March 13, 2014 | If Comcast is allowed to swallow up Time Warner Cable, it will control two-thirds of the nation’s cable customers, and nearly 40 percent of broadband users. That’s a recipe for disaster.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice can stop this merger if they’re convinced it’s a bad deal for consumers. Let’s convince them.

Add your name to our petition and we’ll make sure these decision-makers know that consumers say 'Enough'. After you act, tell us about your cable nightmare so we can show that lack of competition has real consequences!

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Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union, Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

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net-neutrality_0.jpg What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?, John Light, Moyers & Company

February 4, 2014 | The recent DC circuit court decision that killed net neutrality put the Federal Communications Commission — and its newly appointed head, Tom Wheeler — in the position of needing to figure out what they can do to maintain their authority to ensure an open Internet. If they don’t, the Web as we know it could dramatically change. Journalists and advocates point to a future in which Internet service providers (ISPs) could give users faster access to some sites and slower access to others. So if, for example, Hulu paid Comcast to allow viewers a faster connection, and competitors such as Netflix did not, Comcast subscribers might decide Netflix, with its slower streaming services, was not worth their money.

 

 

After pledging transparency, PBS hides details of new deal with billionaire owner of NewsHour

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  • The major difference this time is that this new story of secrecy isn’t about who funds the journalism on the NewsHour. It is about who actually owns the NewsHour.
  • Officials refuse to provide evidence of guarantees for editorial independence.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division
  • What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

David Sirota, Pando Daily

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March 7, 2014 |  Last month, in response to Pando’s revelations that anti-pension mogul John Arnold secretly was financing PBS’s “Pension Peril” series, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issued a scathing report demanding immediate reform. Criticizing “the lack of transparency” at PBS, CPB’s ombudsman Joel Kaplan declared that public broadcasting outlets must let the public access details of their financial dealings.

So how’s that new commitment to transparency going?

Here’s how: Once again, a PBS flagship station is in the process of negotiating a deal with a politically active mogul. Once again, the deal involves the NewsHour — the same iconic PBS program that stealthily promoted Arnold’s anti-pension programming. And once again, PBS is refusing to disclose the deal’s financial details to the public.

David Sirota is a staff writer for Pando Daily, television commentator and nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation and Salon.com. He covers the intersection of politics, technology and popular culture.

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Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division, David Sirota, Pando Daily

  • Millions of unsuspecting viewers (are) wholly unaware that the PBS “reporting” they are watching is not objective news, but instead an ideological advertisement funded by a billionaire trying to manipulate public policy.
  • The Wolf of Sesame Street
  • A Word from Our Sponsor
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

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spies-of-mississippi.png What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV, Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • "Spies of Mississippi," won't be airing (Feb 10) on WETA, the public television station serving the nation's capital. 
  • A shadowy government entity (Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission) exercising questionable powers in the name of a vaguely defined goal? It's not hard to draw a parallel between the commission and today’s government activity in the name of homeland security.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division
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Speak Out For Net Neutrality If You Ever Hope To Speak Out Again

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  • The FCC is ASKING for your public comments on this. They WANT to hear from you. We have sympathetic commissioners on the FCC who have already twice tried to promulgate open internet rules, and we just need to encourage them to exercise the power that the DC appeals court admits that they have. 
  • A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines
  • Net Neutrality Isn't Dead - Just Yet!

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net-neutrality_0.jpgFebruary 28, 2014 | Dear Friends and Activists, 

Our participants asked us to jump on the net neutrality issue and jump we did, with over 8,000 submissions already logged on the FCC docket for public comment on this, but we have not yet heard from you on this as of the start of this alert. 

Without net neutrality political censorship of your voices becomes a real threat. So if you hope to speak out ever again and have meaningful impact this is a must participate action. 

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We just did a big interview for OpEdNews.com about all this, which was their top featured story yesterday, which you can read at this link: Net Neutrality Interview. 

The FCC is ASKING for your public comments on this. They WANT to hear from you. We have sympathetic commissioners on the FCC who have already twice tried to promulgate open internet rules, and we just need to encourage them to exercise the power that the DC appeals court admits that they have. Do you want to win? If so, please submit the net neutrality action page

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We have also had some requests to set up a "white label" action page on this without links to any other issue, for those who have right wing uncles who might not like all our other policy positions. And this one time, in the spirit OF neutrality, we have done so. Here is an action page you can safely forward to you right wing friends without rocking their boat in any other way: White Label Action Page On Net Neutrality

We are not ashamed of our strident call for the prosecution of Cheney era war criminals, in fact we made a whole length feature dramatic movie about it, The Last War Crime. And the ONLY thing that will for sure make such prosecutions impossible is for progressives themselves to fall silent. 

Speaking which, have you seen the amazing new trailer we recently posted? Check it out, and see if it doesn't motivate you to want to see the complete, finished film, at Trailer and Screener Requests

And we are about to commence production on Citizens United, The Movie, where we will dramatize the issues of corporate personhood and accountability. Read the synopsis and the first 6 pages of the new script here, and we'll have cameras rolling again in no time: Citizens United, The Movie page

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A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Michael Winship, Common Dreams

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  • An FCC fact sheet (is) well worth reading on how Internet growth and investment have “flourished” under the rules of net neutrality. See it here.
  • Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web' 

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Net neutrality isn’t dead - just yet, Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com 

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  • A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now's the time for us to stand up and fight
  • You can start by contacting the FCC chairman’s office and demanding that he and his colleagues stand resolute and forthright in favor of net neutrality, an Internet open to all.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
  • One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

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  • An FCC fact sheet (is) well worth reading on how Internet growth and investment have “flourished” under the rules of net neutrality. See it here.
  • Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web' 

Michael Winship, Common Dreams

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net-neutrality_0.jpg February 21, 2014 | Wednesday’s announcement by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that the FCC would write new rules to insure open access to the Internet — otherwise known as Net neutrality — generally was seen by consumers as a step in the right direction. But media reform advocates were concerned that it didn’t go far enough.

As the New York Times’ Edward Wyatt reported, Wheeler’s new plan “represents a reboot of sorts for the FCC.

Michael Winship, senior writing fellow at Demos and president of the Writers Guild of America-East, is senior writer for Bill Moyers' new weekend show Moyers & Company.

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Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web' Dominic Rushe, Guardian (UK) 

  • Angry consumer groups say proposed $45.2bn mega-deal will drive up costs for millions – and call on FCC to block takeover
  • Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

Tell TV Executives: Stop Shutting Out Progressives and People of Color

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  • While it's no surprise that an extreme right wing network like Fox News would exclude guests who refuse to parrot Republican talking points and marginalize people of color, the willingness of other networks to follow suit is a disturbing trend. 
  • Sign my petition and show executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN that by scheduling a more diverse slate of guests and hiring hosts that reflect the general population, their networks can attract a larger audience of politically engaged viewers like you.
  • Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

Karoli Kuns, Credo Action

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Friday, February 21, 2014 | Your viewers deserve and demand to hear a diverse set of opinions from a diverse calendar of guests -- not just those of white conservatives. It's time for producers of your Sunday morning talk shows to schedule guests and hire hosts of races and political backgrounds that match the general population.

Why is this important?

Americans of all races and parties are politically engaged and working to lead our nation into a better future, but you wouldn't know that by watching Sunday talk shows on the major TV networks. A recent report by progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America found that Sunday morning political talk shows on major TV networks are mostly white, male and conservative. According to the report a majority of the Sunday morning national political news shows hosted white male guests at a significantly higher rate than their 31 percent proportion of the population. Viewers of NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday show saw white male guests over 62% of the time throughout 2013.

Sign_the_PetitionHelp spread the word about the petition to build even more pressure on the major TV networks!

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Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet, Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com 

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  • A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now's the time for us to stand up and fight
  • You can start by contacting the FCC chairman’s office and demanding that he and his colleagues stand resolute and forthright in favor of net neutrality, an Internet open to all.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
  • One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

 

What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

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  • "Spies of Mississippi," won't be airing (Feb 10) on WETA, the public television station serving the nation's capital. 
  • A shadowy government entity (Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission) exercising questionable powers in the name of a vaguely defined goal? It's not hard to draw a parallel between the commission and today’s government activity in the name of homeland security.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division

Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

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spies-of-mississippi.pngFeb 10, 2014 | A new documentary called Spies of Mississippi takes a look at the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a state agency that served as a political surveillance tool in the 1950s and '60s, keeping tabs on civil rights activists.

As a review in the New York Times (2/10/14) notes: 

A shadowy government entity exercising questionable powers in the name of a vaguely defined goal? It's not hard to draw a parallel between the commission and today’s government activity in the name of homeland security.

It sounds like a pretty timely film, then, and it's being made available this evening to PBS stations around the country, thanks to the series Independent Lens.

Peter Hart is the Activism Director and and Co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin, He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! 

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Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division, David Sirota, Pando Daily

  • Millions of unsuspecting viewers (are) wholly unaware that the PBS “reporting” they are watching is not objective news, but instead an ideological advertisement funded by a billionaire trying to manipulate public policy.
  • The Wolf of Sesame Street
  • A Word from Our Sponsor
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary
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