Quotes by Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers

American journalist

Alive from: 1934-

Category: Media

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    A journalist is basically a chronicler, not an interpreter of events. Where else in society do you have the license to eavesdrop on so many different conversations as you have in journalism? Where else can you delve into the life of our times?
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    America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they're privatizing democracy. All the benefits - the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up.
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    As a student I learned from wonderful teachers and ever since then I've thought everyone is a teacher.
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    Democracy may not prove in the long run to be as efficient as other forms of government, but it has one saving grace: it allows us to know and say that it isn't.
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    For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington.
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    Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.
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    In those days, affirmative action was for whites only. I might still be working for the grocery store in the small Texas town where I grew up were it not for affirmative action for Southern white boys.
    Source: Help, speech to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 3 March 2007, Moyers on Democracy
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    Journalists who make mistakes get sued for libel; historians who make mistakes get to publish a revised edition.
    Source: The Big Story, speech to the Texas State Historical Association, 7 March 1997, Moyers on Democracy
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    No wonder scoundrels find refuge in patriotism; it offers them immunity from criticism.
    Source: Speech to the Society of Professional Journalists, September 11, 2004
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    Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people.
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    Television can stir emotions, but it doesn't invite reflection as much as the printed page.
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    The printed page conveys information and commitment, and requires active involvement. Television conveys emotion and experience, and it's very limited in what it can do logically. It's an existential experience - there and then gone.
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    The property qualifications for federal office that the framers of the Constitution expressly chose to exclude for demonstrating an unseemly veneration of wealth are now de facto in force and higher than the Founding Fathers could have imagined.
    Source: Moyers on Democracy
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    There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians - they stay bought.
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    This is the first time in my 32 years in public broadcasting that PBS has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.
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