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This Week: A Matter of Opinion
This Week
December 17, 2004

This week on NOW:

Bill Moyers looks inside the right-wing media machine that the conservative NEW YORK TIMES columnist David Brooks called a "dazzlingly efficient ideology delivery system." The program examines how a vast echo chamber that is admittedly partisan and powerfully successful delivers information — and misinformation — with more regard for propaganda than fact. Founding father to the conservative movement, Richard Viguerie tells Moyers, ďThatís what journalism is, Bill. Itís all just opinion. Just opinion.Ē

Since 9/11 and the start of the war on terror, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been one of the leading voices in the fight for the protection of civil liberties. They have taken on cases when no one else would touch them, cases involving foreign nationals living in our country whose rights were violated in the early round-ups post 9/11, or cases where law enforcement infiltrated groups of U.S. nationals in our soil, only because they disagreed with our government's policies. Most recently they have been in the news for making public a series "of U.S. Navy documents that reveal that abuse and even torture of detainees by U.S. Marines in Iraq was widespread." Bill Moyers speaks with Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, who will talk about life amidst an ongoing war on terror and the delicate balance between protecting civil liberties and national security.

In Depth

Satelitte Dish

What Happened to Fairness? History of the Fairness Doctrine

Media Consolidation on NOW

Congresswoman Slaughter and The MEDIA Act

Statue of Liberty

Local and National Media Ownership

Media Watch Resources

The ACLU's Anthony Romero

Bill Moyers
Civil Liberties and National Security

Take a Freedom of Speech Quiz

Bill Moyers Says Goodbye, for NOW


Talk about creativity and inspiration.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.

Streaming Video

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A Matter of Opinion (29:59)

Bill Moyers talks with the ACLU's Anthony Romero (15:04)

Bill Moyers' Farewell (6:29)


A Matter of Opinion
Producer: Kathleen Hughes
Editor: Alison Amron

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