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Politics and Economy:
Bill Moyers on Success and Excess

A final note to the week: from our offices here in Manhattan we can look out on the New York headquarters of Martha Stewart. From time to time we've spotted her helicopter bringing her down the Hudson River from Connecticut where she lives.

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Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers
on Success and Excess

Martha Stewart is someone I admire. She used this medium to inform her viewers about some of the good things they could do to brighten up their lives and homes. We can all use a little how-to when it comes to the quality of our days. Now Martha Stewart has been indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and securities fraud — very serious stuff. She of course proclaims her innocence and has launched a campaign asking her public to support her. We'll have to leave it to the justice system to sort out the truth.

But because I have been a fan of her television skills, I've read more of the stories than I ordinarily would. What's clear and sobering is that Martha Stewart embodied so much of American success in the 90's. Our financial and political elites, our celebrities and stars, our corporate giants — so many of the people on top — seemed to think they were exempt from the normal boundaries of excess. What's clear and sobering is that Martha Stewart had everything, and it wasn't enough.

That's it for NOW. Thanks for watching. I'm Bill Moyers.

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