Friday, June 6, 2008

This Week on the Journal - June 6, 2008

There is no monthly meeting of Moyers Talkers at the Glendale Public Library this month. We will resume on Thursday, July 17.

From the NEWSLETTER - Friday, June 6, 2008

"... if you look at surveys today, the American public has lost an enormous amount of trust in the news media, in the people who are supposed to be their watchdogs over government. So at a time when you have this problem, doesn't it behoove you to try and start fixing it?" - Jonathan Landay


There’s nothing new in Scott McClellan’s book about the propaganda campaign or the role of the press in selling the war, so why is it such big news?

Journalists Jonathan Landay and John Walcott of McClatchy newspapers and Greg Mitchell of EDITOR & PUBLISHER examine the performance of the press in the lead up to the war, the reaction of the administration and the media to McClellan’s book, and how the press is handling other important stories today. Landay and Walcott were part of an award-winning team of journalists at Knight-Ridder (now McClatchy) that consistently challenged the administration’s case for war and Mitchell is the author of So Wrong For So Long: how the press, the pundits, and the president failed in Iraq.

Bill Moyers sits down with Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Ron Walters to discuss how race and gender have played out in the presidential campaigns. A media analyst and recurring JOURNAL guest, Kathleen Hall Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Ron Walters is director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland.


Read more about the war and the media from Greg Mitchell and ask him your questions.

Weigh in on our discussion of race in the presidential election.

Each week, video, transcripts, and further resources and investigations from BILL MOYERS JOURNAL are available online at

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