From the Bill Moyers Journal Newsletter for Friday, September 12, 2008:
"A lot of people are hurling insults from the safety of television studios, the safety of radio studios, the safety of cyberspace. So that's a void in our community - the chance to be in the same room and to have these exchanges and remember the humanity of the person on the other side." - Rev. Chris Buice, pastor, Tennesee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
This week on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL (KCET-TV)
What happens when America's airwaves fill with hate? BILL MOYERS JOURNAL takes a tough look at the hostile industry of "Shock Jock" media with a hard-hitting examination of its effects on our nation's political discourse. The JOURNAL traveled to Knoxville, where a recent shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church has left the pastor asking what role hateful speech from popular right-wing media personalities may have played in the tragedy.
Also on the program, Bill Moyers sits down with Brook Gladstone, host of NPR's ON THE MEDIA and Pulitzer prize winning journalist Les Payne to discuss the struggle of journalists to report the truth in such partisan and polarized times.
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Watch a web exclusive interview with Chinese blogger Michael Anti, who reflects on what has and hasn't changed since Microsoft shut down his blog under government pressure in 2005.
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