Posted by: Kenn Hermann | February 13, 2008

Many Thanks to Bill Moyers

If you are not familiar with Bill Moyers, you must visit his website today. Week after week, month after month, and, yes, decade after decade, Moyers has given us thoughtful, provocative, and probing insights into the inner recesses of American society and politics. He represents advocacy journalism at its best, very much in the line of Edward R. Murrow. No screaming and shouting at hostile guests, just patient conversations with knowledgeable friends around the table.

Moyers threw many of us a scare a few years ago when he retired as host of “Now” on PBS. Sorry, but David Brancaccio did (does) not have the gravitas to assume the mantel for Moyers. Fortunately, PBS invited Moyers back for yet another run with “Bill Moyers’ Journal.” It airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on PBS.

I was particularly intrigued by Bill’s latest interview with Samuel Rodriguez, the young charismatic leader of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. This national organization, which claims 18,000 churches as members, is weighing its political options carefully. It is clear that the Republicans cannot take the Hispanic vote for granted this year, especially after its nativist assault on immigration reform. What a breath of fresh air to hear a fellow believer articulate a political agenda that is deeply shaped by the Gospel and Lord I serve.

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