Bill Moyers has received 35 Emmy awards, nine Peabody Awards, the National Academy of Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and an honorary doctor of fine arts from the American Film Institute over his 40 years in broadcast journalism. He is currently host of the weekly public television series Moyers & Company and president of the Schumann Media Center, a non-profit organization which supports independent journalism. He delivered these remarks (slightly adapted here) at the annual Legacy Awards dinner of the Brennan Center for Justice, a non-partisan public policy institute in New York City that focuses on voting rights, money in politics, equal justice, and other seminal issues of democracy.
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Journalism can still make a difference, but the truth matters more. And if you can't get to the truth through journalism, there are other ways to get there.
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, my father knew he had a friend in the White House. We should rekindle that spirit today.
Its time our leaders recognize Americans hold a set of values that contradict the conservative agenda that has dominated politics for a generation.
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