Bill Moyers Bio
Moyers, Bill. (1934-),
television journalist (retired 2004), practitioner of "deep-think"
- print journalist, ordained Baptist minister, press secretary to President
Lyndon Johnson, and newspaper publisher before coming to television in
1970. See museum.tv
- In a 1987
essay in New Perspectives Quarterly, "Second Thoughts:
Reflections on the Great Society," Moyers wrote:
' Compromise with the
Powers That Be
In 1965, I sent to the President an essay by Herbert Marcuse, the leftist
philosopher so admired by the student movement, in which Marcuse applauded
LBJ's objectives, but doubted the government's ability to stay the course.
"Rebuilding the cities, restoring the countryside, redeeming the poor
and reforming education," said Marcuse, "could produce nondestructive
full employment. This requires," he said, ''nothing more, nothing
less than the actual reconstruction outlined in the President's program.
But the very program," he said, "requires the transformation
of power structures standing in the way of its fulfillment."