Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War (37179)available in DVD or VHS format
In this program, veteran journalist Bill Moyers, award-winning producer Kathleen Hughes and their investigative team piece together the reporting and political spin that shaped the public mind prior to, during, and following the 2003 invasion.
The Bush administration marketed and sold the war in Iraq to the American people. How and why did the press buy it, and what does that say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?
Exposing the disappearance of a watchdog mentality in mainstream newspaper and TV journalism, the documentary also highlights the work of intrepid Knight Ridder reporters who dug beneath the surface of administration claims—only to be drowned out by the drums of war. Further insight comes from journalists Dan Rather, former anchor of CBS Evening News; Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press; Bob Simon of 60 Minutes; and Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN.
This gutsy program is essential viewing for explaining how punditry often
overshadows journalism on television. — Orlando Sentinel
Every American should watch it, especially those, like me, who naively bought into a war sold on false pretenses...I'd call Buying the War must-see TV. —Providence Journal