Both of PBS’s journals are leaving the air after next Friday’s episodes. The final episode of NOW and Bill Moyer’s Journal will air April 30. These two programs were among the best investigative news programs ever assembled. That form of journalism is going by the wayside much too quickly in our society and the result will be that the citizens of America will not know as much as they should about the shysters, crooks and other miscreants operating in our government and our businesses. It is a clear win for the conspirators and thugs who prey on the citizens of our nation.
Investigative journalism is going the way of the milkman here in America as the news media turns its attention to the more glitzy and gory stories rather than probing into the world of the shysters in our society. That is a loss that our nation cannot afford.
Last evening NOW showed clips from stories it presented since 2001 on the two Bush Wars and their impact on our society. It detailed the terrible treatment of our military, both overtly with multiple deployments as well as the aftermath with an impotent VA. It showed the tragedies of TBD and PTSD on both the soldiers and the families that were forced to care for them. Meanwhile, America was shopping at the mall…
Why is it that so many Americans were cheering on the war on Iraq at its inception, and then summarily dismissed the agony, gore and trauma of it after it’s ‘glitz’ wore off? It that how a society copes with a war on shores other than ours? Emerson said it best: “When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart.”
Did we, as a nation, examine that cleanness and purity? Or did we go shopping at the mall?
How many American watched those original and painful NOW programs that detailed the tragedies of war? Not nearly enough. All too few.
Bill Moyers has been an investigative journalist for more than 30 years and at age 76 has decided to retire- an understandable personal decision but a great loss to this American society. I have regularly linked his Friday evening expose’ of cowards, criminals and other devious people infecting our society, but this ends too- another win for the desperadoes.
Last evening Moyers uncovered the roaches in the telecommunications industry as well as Goldman Sachs and the other 5 giants of skulduggery and investment schemes. Your money and your right to a free and open Internet were the topics yet I’m betting that most of America wasn’t watching. My wife and I have chided many of our friends who ‘wanted to watch it’ but have given us many excuses why they didn’t have time. “After all, Friday evenings…” And these people are much more well informed and politically astute than most Americans!
So, muckraking loses two giants next week and, sadly, most of America won’t even miss them. I will, but then, what’s the difference anyway?