Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins
Image by: Dale Robbins 
Bill Moyers 

Moyers & Company Show 227: Distracted from Democracy

From: Moyers & Company
Series: Moyers & Company
Length: 54:00

Embed_button
What keeps American outcry over economic inequality so muted? Weapons of mass distraction. Next on Moyers & Company. Read the full description.

Bill_image_small_small

Across the world -- Greece, Spain, Brazil, Egypt -- citizens are turning angrily to their governments to demand economic fair play and equality. But here in America, with few exceptions, the streets and airwaves remain relatively silent. In a country as rich and powerful as America, why is there so little outcry about the ever-increasing, deliberate divide between the very wealthy and everyone else?

On the next Moyers & Company, media scholar Marty Kaplan points to a number of forces keeping these issues and affected citizens in the dark -- especially our well-fed appetite for media distraction. An award-winning columnist and head of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, Kaplan also talks about the appropriate role of journalists as advocates for truth.

 

Later on the show, acclaimed historian Gary May puts the recent Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act into historical perspective, noting it’s just one moment in a long, ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for every American. A specialist in American political, diplomatic and social history, May’s latest book is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.

Weapons of mass distraction. Next on Moyers & Company.

 

 

Also in the Moyers & Company series

Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Moyers & Company

Moyers & Company Show 316: Putting the Freeze on Global Warming (01:00)
From: Moyers & Company

Two leaders of the climate change divestment campaign are urging institutions to break ties with the fossil fuel industry burning up the earth -- this week on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins

Moyers & Company Show 315: What the One Percent Don’t Want You to Know (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

Columnist and Nobel Prize Winner Paul Krugman on the book the one percent don’t want the other 99 percent to read. This week on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Moyers & Company

Moyers & Company Show 314: Fighting for the Four Freedoms (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

Where’s FDR when we need him? And why are his “Four Freedoms” more important than ever? This week on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins

Moyers & Company Show 313: All Work and No Pay (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

All work and no pay – food workers fight for a living wage. This week on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins

Moyers & Company Show 312: Public Schools for Sale? (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

The private sellout of American public schools. This week on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins

Moyers & Company Show 311: Who’s Buying Our Midterm Elections? (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

Money in politics corrupts. But all the loot sprung by Citizens United corrupts absolutely. Next on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins

Moyers & Company Show 310: No Escaping Dragnet Nation (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

How we've become a Dragnet Nation where mass surveillance rules. Next on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins

Moyers & Company Show 309: The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part 2 (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

More from Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race. Next on Moyers & Company.
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Moyers & Company

Moyers & Company Show 308: Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

How dog whistle politics use race to influence your vote. Next on Moyers & Company
Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Moyers & Company

Moyers & Company Show 307: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight (24:00)
From: Moyers & Company

Just beneath the surface in Washington, there’s a Deep State running everything. And you didn’t vote for it. Next on Moyers & Company.

Piece Description

Across the world -- Greece, Spain, Brazil, Egypt -- citizens are turning angrily to their governments to demand economic fair play and equality. But here in America, with few exceptions, the streets and airwaves remain relatively silent. In a country as rich and powerful as America, why is there so little outcry about the ever-increasing, deliberate divide between the very wealthy and everyone else?

On the next Moyers & Company, media scholar Marty Kaplan points to a number of forces keeping these issues and affected citizens in the dark -- especially our well-fed appetite for media distraction. An award-winning columnist and head of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, Kaplan also talks about the appropriate role of journalists as advocates for truth.

 

Later on the show, acclaimed historian Gary May puts the recent Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act into historical perspective, noting it’s just one moment in a long, ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for every American. A specialist in American political, diplomatic and social history, May’s latest book is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.

Weapons of mass distraction. Next on Moyers & Company.

 

 

Musical Works

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