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Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins
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Bill Moyers 

Moyers & Company 123: Dark Money in Politics

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, June 15th. "Let’s face it,” the founder of a super PAC recently told Mother Jones magazine. “Politics in this country is coin-operated." True enough, as evidenced by the billions projected to be spent in this year’s elections -- untold amounts of it unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Even with all that money being cashed in, the busy check-writers and the influence they purchase remain largely hidden, including those who helped Republican Governor Scott Walker dramatically out-fundraise his Democratic challenger to win last week’s recall election.

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While much of the mainstream media looks the other way some journalists are working hard to identify the fingerprints super PACs and their benefactors leave on our victimized democracy.

On this week’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), Bill talks with Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money,” the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. Bill also calls out some of the biggest super PAC donors, revealing how easy it is for the wealthy one percent to sway an election.

 

Bill also talks with historian Thomas Frank, author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, about the power of concentrated money to subvert democracy, and shrewdly successful moves by the rich and powerful to redirect public anger and rewrite reality. How does a society built on democratic ideals allow them to become so corrupted? Frank’s most recent book is Pity the Billionaire.

 

 

Piece Description

While much of the mainstream media looks the other way some journalists are working hard to identify the fingerprints super PACs and their benefactors leave on our victimized democracy.

On this week’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), Bill talks with Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money,” the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. Bill also calls out some of the biggest super PAC donors, revealing how easy it is for the wealthy one percent to sway an election.

 

Bill also talks with historian Thomas Frank, author of the bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas?, about the power of concentrated money to subvert democracy, and shrewdly successful moves by the rich and powerful to redirect public anger and rewrite reality. How does a society built on democratic ideals allow them to become so corrupted? Frank’s most recent book is Pity the Billionaire.

 

 

Timing and Cues

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

Moyers & Company 123 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 123 -- Segment 1: 6:00 – 29:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "Welcome, I’m Bill Moyers and you’re listening to Moyers & Company..."
Out cue: "… with Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein."

Station Break: 29:00 – 30:00

Moyers & Company 123 – Segment 2: 30:00 – 59:00
In cue: [MUSIC] “I’m Bill Moyers and this is Moyers & Company. My guest is Thomas Frank. "
Out cue: "…that’s why we’re your retirement company"

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
TBD Jamie Lawrence Moyers and Company. Good Mood Records LLC, Elliot Music Co. Inc. ASCAP 2012 :00