In Defense of Public Broadcasting
The founding principles of public broadcasting urged that programming serve as “a forum for debate and controversy” and “provide a voice for groups that may otherwise be unheard.” Ever since its inception public broadcasting in the U.S. has been a lightening rod for political attack. A heat shield funding proposal to isolate PBS and NPR from the whims of Congress was defeated. The Nixon administration was the first to launch the canard that the system was biased in favor of liberals. Today once again this allegation is being bandied about. Bill Moyers has incurred the wrath of those who want to transform public broadcasting into something quite remote from its founding principles.
Bill Moyers is a renowned journalist and commentator. He was senior correspondent for CBS News, and producer of many of public television’s most heralded programs. He is the winner of more than 30 Emmy Awards, and the author of several bestsellers including Moyers on America. A longtime fixture on PBS, he retired as anchor of Bill Moyers Journal in 2010.