- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 12, 2007

In a column in The Washington Times on May 5, Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center (MRC) made some false assertions about Bill Moyers’ documentary “Buying the War.” We informed Bozell of his false statements and requested they be eliminated. Both Mr. Bozell and his editor at Creators Syndicate refused. Since this column ran in your publication, we ask you to print a correction.

Mr. Bozell referred to the documentary as a “90-minute taxpayer-funded lecture.” Obviously Mr. Bozell doesn’t understand the difference between a documentary and a lecture. “Buying the War” was widely praised in newspapers around the country which said: “one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism so far this year” (The Washington Post); “every American should watch it” (Providence Journal); “one of the most hard-hitting and incisive documentaries in memory” (Cincinnati Post); and “one of the most important programs this year.” (Orlando Sentinel).

Furthermore, there was no taxpayer funding in the production of “Buying the War” and there is none in the weekly series Bill Moyers Journal. Neither CPB nor PBS contributed to the production of the documentary, and they do not contribute to Bill Moyers Journal.

Mr. Bozell also asserted that “Moyers didn’t allow a single conservative, neo- or otherwise,” to be interviewed. Another falsehood. As everyone who watched the documentary knows, Mr. Moyers requested interviews with William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Roger Ailes, and William Safire. None would agree to be interviewed. Mr. Bozell knew this and published his false statements anyway.

RICK BYRNE

Director of Communications

Bill Moyers Journal

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