Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is the Fourth Estate a Fifth Column?

Bill Moyers, In These Times:
Corporate media colludes with democracy's demise

...Sadly, in many respects, the Fourth Estate has become the fifth column of democracy, colluding with the powers that be in a culture of deception that subverts the thing most necessary to freedom, and that is the truth.

But we're not alone and we know what we need to say. So let us all go tell it on the mountains and in the cities. From our websites and laptops, the street corners and coffeehouses, the delis and diners, the factory floors and the bookstores. On campus, at the mall, the synagogue, sanctuary and mosque, let's tell it where we can, when we can and while we still can.

Democracy only works when ordinary people claim it as their own.
Photo: Bill Moyers is the president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy and the host of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. (

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