This archived copy of a LA Daily News article dated January 2003 backs up the authority of Moyers having said just that:
Moyers was asked for his reaction to Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly's recent on-air criticism of his reporting as having a liberal bias. Moyers said he does not usually watch other networks' newscasts, but he answered an O'Reilly column on the subject in the New York Daily News with an ad responding to "the false statements he made" about Moyers.
Moyers would like the issue to end because, he said, "I do not believe journalism is about journalists attacking each other."
So, my question to Mr. Moyers is how he reconciles that "simple reason" - that "journalism is about journalists attacking each other" - with his new PBS documentary, "Buying The War", which is nothing more than a giant attack on the press as a whole and conservative media in particular?
Although I don't think I would particularly enjoy Moyer's documentary, I think America was over-due in looking at the media's investigative failures prior to and during the beginning of the Iraq War. However, if you are going to play the "it's wrong to criticize other journalists" card when someone criticizes you, you've got a lot of explaining to do when you start criticizing other journalists en-masse.
Good recent coverage of Moyers over at NewsBusters:
- (April 19, 2007) PBS Helps Bill Moyers, Dan Rather Team Up to Denounce Right's 'Slime Machine'
- (April 22, 2007) Moyers and Maher Avoid Facts as They Attack President Bush on ‘Real Time’
- (April 24, 2007) On Hannity & Colmes, MRC/NB's Bozell Targets Bill Moyers and PBS Hypocrisy
- (April 25, 2007) Bill Moyers Said Conservatives Smeared His Show 'For a Bias That Didn't Exist'
- (April 25, 2007) O'Reilly Staffer Catches Bill Moyers Trying to Lie About His Attacks on Fox News 'Venom'
- (April 25, 2007) Moyers the Flamethrower: Bushies Were Basement 'Burglars' and 'Arsonists'