Bill Moyers

(Billy Don Moyers)

Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers
  • Born: June 5, 1934
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist









Billy Don Moyers is an American journalist and political commentator. He served as the ninth White House Press Secretary under the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years. Moyers has been extensively involved with public broadcasting, producing documentaries and news journal programs. He has won numerous awards and honorary degrees for his investigative journalism and civic activities. He has become well-known as a trenchant critic of the corporately structured U.S. news media.

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[Referring to George W. Bush:] He lacks the courage of his convictions because he lacks convictions. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
“Never again” doesn’t reckon with money’s ability to erase memory. Scandals
All governments lie, including our own—under Democrats and Republicans. Propaganda & Disinformation
America has must made a major turn from the grip of a savage past. History
Democracy is a babel of competing propagandas. Propaganda & Disinformation
Democracy is a matter of balance—private power balanced by public power Democracies & Republics
How do I hold my truth to be the truth when everyone else believes their truth to be different. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Hyperbole was to Lyndon Johnson what oxygen is to life. Life ;Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I didn’t drift; I moved left just by standing still. Leaders & Leadership
I have become more radical because I have seen more of the world. Liberals & Conservatives
I hope we can use television somehow to begin to reengage people in this conversation of democracy. Media, Journalism & The Press
I wasn’t addressing you, Mr. President. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I work for him [President Lyndon B. Johnson] despite his faults and he lets me work for him despite my deficiencies. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I’m angry with what’s happening to our country and angry with myself that I can’t do more. Miscellaneous
In 12 years of public school I can never remember any of my teachers describing slavery for what it was. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
It’s not that Obama compromised too easily. He treated too lightly the people and forces determined to destroy him. They spat in his face and didn’t even get ticketed for a misdemeanor. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It's very dangerous ... to confuse the confuse the identity and fortune of the President with the success and fortune of the nation. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Lyndon Johnson was eleven of the most interesting people I ever met Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Other than the war in Iraq the Katrina disaster, the deficit, the CIA leak, torture, stopping stem cell research, homeland security, global warming and undercutting science, we've yet to really feel the negative effects of the George W. Bush administration Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Our credibility had gotten so bad we couldn't even believe our own leaks. Public Relations & Image
Our job [White House press secretaries] is to serve the interest of the President while recognizing the interests of the press. Media, Journalism & The Press
Our job is to get as close to the verified truth as is possible. Media, Journalism & The Press
Our society makes profit out of violence Business, Commerce & Finance
Politicians are waving the diaper as often as they wave the flag. Families, Children & Parenting
Power shifts your thinking from what is right and wrong to what is necessary Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Religion can turn holy stories into flaming swords. Religion & God
So many in the press turn gossip into gasoline and keep pouring it on the fire. Media, Journalism & The Press
Talking with people who agree with you is like jogging in a cul de sac. Negotiating & Negotiations
Television has become the primary precinct of politics. Media, Journalism & The Press
The healthy presidency is one that never lets the press hustle the President's priorities. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The more publicized the presidency the less powerful the office. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The roots of power in the White House are often bourbon and branch water taken with the President at the end of the day. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The White House Press Secretary is supposed to serve the President and the Press. I found that I could not serve two masters. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
They have raised ignorance to ideology and stupefied an entire political party. No more roguish and rowdy band of predators ever did more to demean and despoil the democracy on whose carcass they feed. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Under Karl Rove’s leadership, crony capitalism became a Biblical injunction. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Washington has become such a mercenary culture that there is no real political culture left. The defining exchange is money, not ideas, not problem-solving. We live in a democracy of money and images. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We cost the Democratic party the opportunity to demagogue the issue of race forever. And I am damn proud of that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We see more and more of our Presidents and know less and less about what they do. Media, Journalism & The Press
We will never know what would have happened if President Johnson had said no to more troops and more war [in Vietnam]. We do know what happened when he said yes. War & Peace
We will never know what would have happened if President Johnson had said no to more troops and more war. We do know what happened when he said yes. War & Peace
What draws the press is conflict, corruption and scandal. Media, Journalism & The Press
When a president decides he's going to do something, a vast array of forces contrary to his purpose begin to organize to thwart him. Policy & Policy Making
When I became press secretary my father sent me a telegram and said, "Tell the truth if you can and if you can't tell the truth, don't tell a lie." That became very difficult to do. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
When the enemy is right next door, no one from a distance has a right to dismiss the threat. Defense & National Security
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.
As a student I learned from wonderful teachers and ever since then I've thought everyone is a teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
Democracy belongs to those who exercise it.
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. Government
For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Time ;Power ;History
I own and operate a ferocious ego. Humor
I work for him despite his faults and he lets me work for him despite my deficiencies. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people.
Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of. Freedom & Liberty
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.
There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians - they stay bought.
This is the first time in my 32 years in public broadcasting that PBS has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons. Time
War, except in self-defense, is a failure of moral imagination. Failure ;War & Peace
We don't care really about children as a society and television reflects that indifference to children as human beings. Society
What's right and good doesn't come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it - as if the cause depends on you, because it does.
When I learn something new - and it happens every day - I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest.