Bill Moyers Journal Last Airing

Bill Moyers Journal, aired his last show on April 30th 2010 as he goes into a well deserved retirement after many years of service to his fellow American’s with his outstanding and one of a kind journalism, real journalism, joining the ranks of the few before him and the very few still practicing their craft and profession as professionals!

With this technology and it’s coming advancements everything can be archived and much easier to search out to not only find the past, and it’s lessons, but what really is and not that spoken by some as to what isn’t but quickly grasped by some as their gospel without bothering to join the realities!.

Iowa Citizens

April 30, 2010

BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the Journal. Once upon a time, a whole lot of just plain Americans woke up to realize the economic system was working against them. They had believed in it; they worked hard to make it work for them. They knew its shortcomings but saw in it the way to a decent return for their labor and a better future for their families.

Then, one day, calamity struck: The system turned on them. And they discovered that they had been betrayed, bamboozled, by the people at the top.

But they didn’t hang their heads and turn tail, like a dog whipped by its master. They organized and fought back – millions of them in a grass roots movement for democracy. What they did became known as the Populist Moment, an extraordinary time in our country’s history.

But, the flimflam gang returned with a vengeance in our time – the monied interests and political mercenaries who connived to bring on a calamity that lost eleven million Americans their jobs, robbed people of their homes and pensions, and brought the world’s economy crashing down.

But once again, people are organizing and fighting back; as they did in that early Populist Moment that took on the monopolies and financial trusts. The stirrings of a popular insurgency could be seen late this week as thousands marched on Wall Street. These people are angry at the banks that have cost them so dearly and they want reforms to prevent similar disasters in the future. They want to break up the Wall Street oligarchy and require the banks to use their capital to build and revitalize and innovate, to create jobs and security.

Similar protests occurred this week in San Francisco, North Carolina and Kansas City, where people rallied to demand an accounting from the giant Bank of America.

Among their ranks was a contingent from Iowa, proud and vocal inheritors of America’s populist spirit. We first met them at a rally last fall. Rest of Transcript

In this it explains, via the citizens of this country, in the simple terms of what government is, It Is Us. We are the government, we hire those to represent us, not special interests or the wealthy who can afford to buy what they seek, we are the bosses, those we hire represent All in their states, their districts and the policies they make affect all the country. Whether they like it or not they don’t represent a special group, a political party, a singular ideology, they represent all!

Jim Hightower

April 30, 2010

BILL MOYERS: I don’t know anyone who embodies that old-time, populist gospel, the high spirits and fierce commitment to justice that you just witnessed among the good people of Iowa more than my longtime friend, Jim Hightower.

With a down home wit and a finely honed outrage, Hightower pins the tail on the plutocrats.

A recovering politician, one time commissioner of agriculture in Texas, he now broadcasts daily radio commentaries and publishes this indispensable monthly newsletter, “The Hightower Lowdown.” I admire the journalism in “The Lowdown” so much I helped raise money to raise its profile some years ago. In the spirit of fair trade, Jim has allowed me to borrow some of his best lines, including that rousing populist cry from deep in our native East Texas, “the water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.”

He’s been at it so long that this weekend, Jim is being honored at Texas State University in San Marcos with an exhibition celebrating his life’s work as a populist journalist, historian and advocate.

They’re calling the event “Swim Against the Current” because that’s what he does, and in fact, that’s the title of his most recent book.

Welcome to the Journal.

JIM HIGHTOWER: Thank you, Bill.

BILL MOYERS: What do you think about those people from Iowa? Rest of Transcript

They carry on the discussion about We the People and Our Government talked about in the Iowa Citizens clip, and more, as only two like these journalist can sensibly talk the reality, even ‘tinkle down economics’ as Jim calls it.

Speaking of ‘tinkle down economics”:

At the end we find Bill talking about this: Revisiting Plutonomy: The Rich Getting Richer from Citigroup and Praising the growth of wealth at the top off the backs of the rest. It’s an interesting reading and arrogant bragging

Barry Lopez

April 30, 2010

As you can imagine, I thought long and hard about who I would invite to be my last guest on the Journal. So many people have inspired my own work that I had a difficult time making that choice. But i finally decided to ask someone whose curiosity about the world, and pursuit of it, have set the gold standard for all of us whose work it is to explain those things we don’t understand.

For decades Barry Lopez has called western Oregon his home, but from there he has roamed the world: from the playas of Texas and the deserts and canyons of the American southwest, to the frigid extremes at both the polar ends of the earth and across Asia and Africa. Then, always home again, to write about what he has seen and learned… And such writing it is.

I first came upon Lopez when he published “Arctic Dreams” 24 years ago – and won the national book award for it. The books kept coming, “About This Life,” “Winter Count,” “The Rediscovery of North America,” “Crossing Open Ground,” “Resistance.” The raves of critics kept coming, too. “Barry Lopez,” said “The Wall Street Journal,” “Crosses disciplines the way he conquers continents.” “The New York Times” compared his language to “The snap and hiss of a campfire.”

You need a long shelf to hold Barry Lopez’s novels, essays, articles and short stories, the volumes of travel, photography, and language, vivid portraits of landscapes, emotions, and experience. Common to them all is one man’s effort to go out into the world, to discover what is beyond and within us. One reviewer put it this way, Barry Lopez “Restores to us the name for what it is we want.” It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the Journal.  Rest of the Transcript

Crossing Open Ground

Bill Moyers Final Essay

April 30, 2010

Finally – and that’s for real this time, the Journal comes to an end with this broadcast. Thanks to those of you who have been with us all the way. I am grateful for your loyalty, and for all your letters and postings. I’ve tried to read every one of them.

To our critics, I’m glad you paid attention; the second most important thing to journalists is to know we’re not being ignored. The most important thing is the independence that enables us to do our job without fear or favor. In this I have been unbelievably blessed. When, for the last time, you read the credits at the conclusion of this broadcast, consider that every funder, or underwriter as we say, came to our support asking only that we enrich the public conversation by adding more and different voices to it.

I could not have had more generous or brave partners. Not one of them has ever tried to influence the content; none has asked for a favor; or made a single demand.  Rest of Transcript

He and this real journalism will be missed, but I’m sure some will pick up the banner and carry it forward!


  1. Or even if watched, you may want to again. He presents a great closing show, showing us what we and America should be and what many are. He shows what we’ve allowed to happen and should take back. He shows that which is going on today and shouldn’t but what should.

    He will be missed!

  2. …I couldn’t agree more.

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