We can do this journalism thing better

I am thankful for Levi being under the weather on Thursday. This allowed me to stay home with him to make sure he was feeling better.

A bonus was being able to watch The Daily Show’s noon rerun. The guest was Bill Moyers.

Mr. Moyers has been on both sides of the microphone, first as a press secretary, then reporter and host. He most recently retired from hosting a show on PBS. He gets heat for allegedly having liberal bias, but his interviewing style and approach is to be learned from by all up-and-coming journalists. For that matter, current ones could learn a lot from him.

For the record, Jon Stewart can also be a good teacher. The Daily Show host just uses the public record for comedy. He just plays a clip from 10 years ago and then the clip from last night. He’s just doing what journalism should be doing and not just using screaming heads to get his point across. (you can watch IPTV’s Conversation on Civility: An Iowa Perspective, our discussion on getting along better with one another.)

Here’s part one of two of the Stewart/Moyers interview.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Bill Moyers Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:388040
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

If that link doesn’t work, try this one.

There’s a second part to the interview.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Bill Moyers Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:388041
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

If the embedded clip doesn’t work here’s the link to part two of the interview.

Moyers is out pimping a book, so that was the reason for this appearance on Comedy Central.

Back to our civility discussion. You can watch our show here. There’s a great discussion with Chuck Larson, Jr and Joe Shannahan here. We talked about the media and how we can do a better job in helping our country.

Our studio panel was Barry Griswell of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Scott Raecker of Character Counts of Iowa, Connie Ryan Terrell of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and Kathy Obradovich of the Des Moines Register. We did a 51 minute discussion at IPTV. You can watch it here.

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