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Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins
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Bill Moyers 

Moyers & Company Show 116: How big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy.

From: Moyers & Company
Series: Moyers & Company
Length: 53:00

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PLEASE NOTE: Program-specific and generic promos available now. Full show available Friday, April 27th. Big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy in which TV shows, televised debates, even news coverage is being dumbed down, just as the volume is being turned up. The result is a public certainly more entertained, but less informed and personally involved than they should be, says Marty Kaplan, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center and an entertainment industry veteran. This weekend on Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks with Kaplan about how taking news out of the journalism box and placing it in the entertainment box is hurting democracy and allowing special interest groups to manipulate the system.

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“It's all about combat. If every political issue is [represented by] combat between two polarized sides, then you get great television because people are throwing food at each other,” Kaplan tells Moyers. “And you have an audience that hasn't a clue at the end of the story, which is why you'll hear, ‘Well, we'll have to leave it there.’”  

“The problem is that there's not that much information out there if you're an ordinary citizen. You can ferret it out, but it ought not be like that in a democracy,” Kaplan says. “Education and journalism were supposed to, according to our founders, inform our public and make democracy work.”

Later on the show, Bill talks about Florida Rep. Allen West and shocking modern-day McCarthyism. Wasn’t this lesson already learned?

 

Piece Description

“It's all about combat. If every political issue is [represented by] combat between two polarized sides, then you get great television because people are throwing food at each other,” Kaplan tells Moyers. “And you have an audience that hasn't a clue at the end of the story, which is why you'll hear, ‘Well, we'll have to leave it there.’”  

“The problem is that there's not that much information out there if you're an ordinary citizen. You can ferret it out, but it ought not be like that in a democracy,” Kaplan says. “Education and journalism were supposed to, according to our founders, inform our public and make democracy work.”

Later on the show, Bill talks about Florida Rep. Allen West and shocking modern-day McCarthyism. Wasn’t this lesson already learned?

 

Timing and Cues

Timing and Cues
Timings are as they occur with a 5-minute news hole after the billboard.

Moyers & Company 116 Billboard: 00:00 – 01:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "I’m Bill Moyers. This week on Moyers & Company"
Out cue: "...after the news."
NPR Newscast Hole: 1:00 - 6:00

Moyers & Company 116 -- Segment 1: 6:00 – 29:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "Welcome, I’m Bill Moyers and you’re listening to Moyers & Company..."
Out cue: "… we’ll be right back."

Station Break: 29:00 – 30:00

Moyers & Company 116 – Segment 2: 30:00 – 59:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "I’m Bill Moyers and this is Moyers & Company, I’m talking to Marty Kaplan…"
Out cue: "…that’s why we’re your retirement company"

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
TBD Jamie Lawrene Moyers & Company. Label: Good Mood Records LLC Publisher: Elliot Music Co. Inc. ASCAP 2012 :00