Saturday, 12 August 2006

Bill Moyers: on Faith & Reason

Though I taped the whole series, I was delighted to find the complete transcripts on line just now, in easy to read & easy to print format:

1 - Salman Rushdie
2 - Mary Gordon and Colin McGinn
3 - Jeanette Winterson and Will Power
4 - Anne Provoost and David Grossman
5 - Richard Rodriguez and Sir John Houghton
6 - Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis
7 - Pema Chodron

Thank you Bill, for coming back to public television. America desperately needs your calm wisdom and openness. I couldn't blame you personally for leaving NOW after making it one of the finest investigative acts on television, but shortening the show to half and hour accentuated my disappointment. And I was aghast that an ideologue such as Kenneth Tomlinson could spend our tax dollars to try to "prove your liberal bias". You got it right when you fired back:
The more compelling our journalism, the angrier the radical right of the Republican Party gets. That's because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth. And the quickest way to be damned by them as liberal is to tell the truth.

Hey, I know you won't do it, but I've long harbored the same wish that Molly Ivins recently expressed in an op-ed piece:
imagine, if seven or eight other Democratic candidates, all beautifully coiffed and triangulated and carefully coached to say nothing that will offend anyone, stand on stage with Bill Moyers in front of cameras for a national debate … what would happen? Bill Moyers would win, would walk away with it, just because he doesn’t triangulate or calculate or trim or try to straddle the issues. Bill Moyers doesn’t have to endorse a constitutional amendment against flag burning or whatever wedge issue du jour Republicans have come up with. He is not afraid of being called “unpatriotic.” And besides, he is a wise and a kind man who knows how to talk on TV.

I wonder how much mail Moyers has received since Ivins posted his P.O. Box at the end of her article. I think I should send some love his way. What a gentle soul.

4 comments:

Barbara Bennett Rivera said...

Thanks, Walker, for the "Faith & Reason" transcript link. I have missed several episodes, and I am thrilled to be able to study the content of each show. The guest and the discussion have been remarkable, and you are right about Bill Moyers. He does the best interview on TV. Keep up the good fight.... and thanks for being part of the solution. Barb

Micah said...

Thanks for the links. This show was also posted on in a Christian philosophy blog I read, here: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/archives/2006/07/series_on_faith.html
Some commenters point out the interesting fact that most of the participants are "writers" rather than philosophers; figures enough, since Salman Rushdie organized the conference.

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Silent Spring said...

Nice. Thank you for the links to the scripts. Like Barbara said, I am thrilled to be able to digest hopeful text. Bill is a light in the darkness, and as hard as the truth-denying haters try they just can't blow out his flame.

Yeah.