After Four Decades In TV News, Bill Moyers Retires

from Wikimedia CommonsIt’s a sad day for journalism when someone like Bill Moyers decides to retire. On top of his work in the press over the years, his Power of Myth series brought the works of Joseph Campbell to millions. NPR reports:

Journalist Bill Moyers retires from PBS and his weekly show, the Bill Moyers Journal, on Friday.

In honor of the public broadcasting legend, Fresh Air is rebroadcasting segments from several Moyers appearances over the years, including conversations about his time in the Johnson administration and his thoughts on religion, war and the future of journalism.

Moyers, who has spent the past 40 years in broadcast journalism, started working for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, after writing the then-Senate majority leader a letter. He would later serve as a special assistant and a press secretary to the president.

Moyers left the Johnson administration in 1967 to work for the Long Island, N.Y., daily newspaper Newsday. For the next three years, Moyers published the newspaper, which won two Pulitzer prizes during his tenure.

In 1971, Moyers left Newsday for PBS, where he began hosting his flagship show, Bill Moyers Journal. The weekly public affairs show ran on and off until 1981, when Moyers became a senior news analyst for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. Moyers returned to PBS to host NOW with Bill Moyers in 2002, and in 2007 relaunched Bill Moyers Journal with an episode that criticized journalists for failing to question the Bush administration in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In an interview at the time, Moyers told Terry Gross that his service in the Johnson administration helped him keep a critical eye on the reasons America had gone to war.

[Read more at NPR]

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  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    He will be missed. He is the example to journalists today for what is the job they should be doing.

  • tonyviner

    Simply put: No Bueno.

    He has left some mighty big shoes to fill, a lot of “journalists” could definitely take a cue from this man.

  • 5by5

    So what's the ratio now? 3 journalists to 300 hairdos?

    The intelligence level of the discourse in this country just plummeted.

    But the thing is, Edward R Murrow's and Walter Cronkite's and Bill Moyers' don't friggin live forever. They can only do what they do for so long. Somebody else has to pick up that baton and stick it to the Man.

  • honu

    He will be greatly missed. I've been a fan since I started watching his interviews with Joseph Campbell. I hope some new reporters come up cut from the same cloth 'cause we need 'em.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Many people will speak of how they disagreed with him…and many will say that they agreed with him completely. To me, it doesn’t matter which…he asked hard questions to people with power…demanded that people think and question…to have done that for decades and left a legacy like that is worthy of respect no matter what side you’re on or what beliefs you hold.

    We need his kind more than ever, and they grow fewer every day. I wish him a pleasant retirement…but I’ll miss knowing that he was making someone powerful sweat bullets because of his questions.

  • voxmagi

    Many people will speak of how they disagreed with him…and many will say that they agreed with him completely. To me, it doesn't matter which…he asked hard questions to people with power…demanded that people think and question…to have done that for decades and left a legacy like that is worthy of respect no matter what side you're on or what beliefs you hold.

    We need his kind more than ever, and they grow fewer every day. I wish him a pleasant retirement…but I'll miss knowing that he was making someone powerful sweat bullets because of his questions.

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