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Fri May 2, 2014, 08:26 PM

Bill Moyers blisters Obama for abandoning his net neutrality promises

Bill Moyers criticized President Barack Obama on Friday for his decision to seemingly leave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the hands of the anti-net neutrality forces he opposed as a candidate.

“They believed he would keep his word, would see to it that when private interests set upon the Internet like sharks to blood in the water, its fate would be in the hands of honest brokers who would listen politely to the pleas of the greedy, and then show them the door,” Moyers said of the supporters Obama won when he promised to keep the internet free from corporate influence. “Unfortunately, it turned out to be the infamous revolving door.”

Moyers explained that Obama’s choice to head the commission, Tom Wheeler, not only “bundled” more than $500,000 for Obama’s successful re-election campaign, but also a “top gun” for the cable and telecommunications industries. What’s more, Wheeler has staffed the FCC’s legal team with a coterie of former telecom attorneys, some of whom had actually lobbied against net neutrality before joining its ranks.


“However we might try to imagine that [Wheeler] could quickly abandon old habits of service to his employers, that’s simply not how Washington works,” Moyers said. “Business and government are so intertwined there that public officials and corporate retainers are interchangeable parts of what Chief Justice John Roberts might call the ‘gratitude machine.’ Round and round they go, and where they stop. Actually they never stop.”


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Reply Bill Moyers blisters Obama for abandoning his net neutrality promises (Original post)
kpete May 2014 OP
L0oniX May 2014 #1
bahrbearian May 2014 #2
Skittles May 2014 #11
U4ikLefty May 2014 #20
QC May 2014 #33
WorseBeforeBetter May 2014 #51
BlancheSplanchnik May 2014 #3
mountain grammy May 2014 #4
WalterCronk May 2014 #10
BlancheSplanchnik May 2014 #12
IDemo May 2014 #23
djean111 May 2014 #27
awoke_in_2003 May 2014 #34
vanlassie May 2014 #29
IDemo May 2014 #52
sabrina 1 May 2014 #31
defacto7 May 2014 #32
Enthusiast May 2014 #36
Divernan May 2014 #40
woo me with science May 2014 #54
SammyWinstonJack May 2014 #55
BlancheSplanchnik May 2014 #13
mountain grammy May 2014 #16
Enthusiast May 2014 #37
BlancheSplanchnik May 2014 #38
cherokeeprogressive May 2014 #5
BlindTiresias May 2014 #6
WalterCronk May 2014 #8
gopiscrap May 2014 #25
Dustlawyer May 2014 #19
noiretextatique May 2014 #35
truebrit71 May 2014 #42
WillyT May 2014 #7
QC May 2014 #9
ananda May 2014 #22
QuestForSense May 2014 #14
rhett o rick May 2014 #15
mountain grammy May 2014 #17
snot May 2014 #21
mountain grammy May 2014 #28
Cha May 2014 #18
OnyxCollie May 2014 #46
SammyWinstonJack May 2014 #56
99Forever May 2014 #24
woo me with science May 2014 #26
sabrina 1 May 2014 #30
Enthusiast May 2014 #39
sabrina 1 May 2014 #41
truebrit71 May 2014 #43
sabrina 1 May 2014 #44
woo me with science May 2014 #49
navarth May 2014 #45
Doctor_J May 2014 #47
Smarmie Doofus May 2014 #48
indepat May 2014 #50
TheKentuckian May 2014 #58
woo me with science May 2014 #53
myrna minx May 2014 #57
Jemon May 2014 #59

Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:01 PM

1. Will the BOG will be making a bed of hard rocks under the bus for Moyers?

 

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #1)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:10 PM

2. Moyers is a Poopy Head

This Message posted from the Bog

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #1)

Fri May 2, 2014, 10:54 PM

11. Moyer's gf is a pole dancer

oh wait

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Response to Skittles (Reply #11)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:29 AM

20. Moyer has boxes in his garage

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Response to U4ikLefty (Reply #20)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:05 PM

33. He declines to pet his neighbors' dogs.

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Response to QC (Reply #33)

Sat May 3, 2014, 08:29 PM

51. He has Asperger's.

According Dr. BOG.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:25 PM

3. :(

not happy to read this. particularly hard, being very pro-PBO myself.

but, Bill Moyers is one of the few good ones out there. read I must.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #3)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:32 PM

4. Me too, and I always agree with Bill Moyers, so this is hard to read.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #4)

Fri May 2, 2014, 10:14 PM

10. More to B Moyers than meets the eye

I saw a blerb about Bill Moyers a few years back that really surprised me. I always thought he did pretty good work, but then I found out how he was getting funding and then all kinds of special deals to the rights and royalties to things he didn't really fund or own, or shouldn't anyway. I lost a lot of respect for him.

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Fri May 2, 2014, 10:56 PM

12. links please. n/t

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:16 AM

23. Nothing but a tool of George Soros

Right?

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:42 AM

27. Wow. Quickest smear ever!

 

Whatever it is you read, what Moyers SAYS here is the important thing.
Like Snowden, what Moyers says cannot be swept under the rug with attacks against him.
Welcome to DU.
Got some links?

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Response to djean111 (Reply #27)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:15 PM

34. Zombie or sock puppet. nt

 

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:37 PM

29. You read a Blurb?

where's that link?

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #29)

Sat May 3, 2014, 08:56 PM

52. Even worse

A blerb!

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:54 PM

31. I saw that smear on a far Right Wing forum re Moyers ten years ago, but never saw a shred

of proof from them. Maybe you can provide provide proof of something even the Right Wing Noise Machine finally gave up on?

Didn't take long for the 'toss yet another great Journalist under the bus' to appear. Lol!

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 01:30 PM

32. Isn't the Internet fun

when you can make up all kinds of bull shit and post it thinking people will be dumb enough to accept it without reasonable logical foundation? You are definitely on the wrong website. Make a hard right and head toward the neon "F".

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:34 PM

36. LMAO!

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Sat May 3, 2014, 03:43 PM

40. Is there more to WalterCronk "than meets the eye".

I knew Walter Cronkite, and you are no WalterCronk(ite). Your uncited, vague attempt to smear Bill Moyers is the antithesis of Walter Cronkite's reporting. Walter Cronkite dealt in cold hard facts. He was as honorable a reporter as this country has ever known - right up there with Edward R. Murrow! And here you are, having joined DU less than 24 hours ago, posting "I saw a blerb about Bill Moyers a few years back". And this from someone who joined DU 45 minutes before posting this smear?

Pray, do enlighten us all with facts which are documented. How much funding, what years, what special deals, what rights and royalties. And how do on earth does someone "fund or own rights and royalties which they shouldn't own?" That's pure garble-garble.

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Mon May 5, 2014, 08:34 AM

54. A tentative trial balloon of smear against Moyers.


See? It doesn't work.

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #10)

Mon May 5, 2014, 08:54 AM

55. BENGHAZI!

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #4)

Fri May 2, 2014, 10:59 PM

13. I wish the responses were more substantive than mere gleeful bashing.

It's not team sports.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #13)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:11 AM

16. Really, it's a serious issue, and Moyer's guests explained it well.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-is-net-neutrality-dead/

I am commenting to the FCC and to the White House.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #13)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:42 PM

37. I think we need to entertain the possibility that sometimes the President

is on the wrong side on some issues.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #37)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:49 PM

38. of course!

That's why I asked for more substance. Snarky piling on doesn't help me understand the issue.

Edit to add, there are some intelligent critiques in this thread that I appreciate.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:38 PM

5. Who knew Moyers suffered from ODS?

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:42 PM

6. Doesn't seem

Very many leading progressives care for Obama anymore. Will this deter the apologia crew? Nope.

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Response to BlindTiresias (Reply #6)

Fri May 2, 2014, 10:06 PM

8. Well, let's face it

You know, I lost a lot of faith in the system too. I don't know who to trust anymore. We the peoples kno we can't trust the repubs, but I don't think POTUS has been as truthful and open as they told us they were going to be.

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Response to WalterCronk (Reply #8)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:30 AM

25. How so?

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Response to BlindTiresias (Reply #6)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:13 AM

19. No apologia from mia! Socially Democratic, but 100% owned by Wall Street!

It's like Wall Street has their finger on the financial nuke and Obama MUST do what they say. Oh wait, there is always the money!
He sold out to BP and their non-existent 20 billion dollar fund. No prosecutions of anyone in the Financial Sector, the shit just goes on and on. The Progressives in the media (there are a few), at least the honest ones, are getting more and more critical of Obama. He understands the Wall Street guys hold the real power.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #19)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:19 PM

35. nailed it

Thank you.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #19)

Sat May 3, 2014, 05:01 PM

42. I think it was fairly obvious from very early on...

 

...that candidate Obama was a very different person than President Obama...hell I remember candidate Obama saying he would walk the picket lines to defend workers rights...never quite happened that way though...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 09:54 PM

7. K & R !!!

 


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 10:07 PM

9. Bill Moyers never really loved him!!!

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Response to QC (Reply #9)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:10 AM

22. Lol

I never really loved Obama either,

but I DO love Bill Moyers!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 2, 2014, 11:00 PM

14. I would hardly call it a blistering.

It's a legitimate criticism. Believe me, HE can take it. He's not Jesus, he's not Kim Jong-un, he's not even Hillary Rodham Clinton! He's a real person doing the hardest job in the world.

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Response to QuestForSense (Reply #14)

Fri May 2, 2014, 11:35 PM

15. Of course he can take it. What's that supposed to mean. Do you know what a

 

promise means? The point is that he isnt trying to keep the promise. He appointed someone that doesnt share our goals for net neutrality. He isnt trying.

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Response to QuestForSense (Reply #14)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:14 AM

17. Exactly. We are allowed legitimate criticism and the president

and the FCC have been swayed before by public opinion.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #17)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:05 AM

21. Actually, the depressing thing is,

the FCC's history going back at least as far as Bush is one of ignoring the largest public outcries in history, in favor of allowing further concentration of power over media in the hands of big corporations.

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Response to snot (Reply #21)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:33 PM

28. Sadly true, and before Bush. I've watched it since Reagan did away with the Fairness Doctrine.

But, I still have hope, and it's the free internet that's given it to me. Maybe I'm just dumb, but I hope people will really jump into it over this issue.

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Response to QuestForSense (Reply #14)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:18 AM

18. Thank you, QFS.. This isn't over and I'm sure Pres Obama respects Bill Moyers input.

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Response to QuestForSense (Reply #14)

Sat May 3, 2014, 05:56 PM

46. "Blistering" is what racists do.

 

Or something like that.

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Response to QuestForSense (Reply #14)

Mon May 5, 2014, 08:59 AM

56. ...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:25 AM

24. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 11:31 AM

26. Thank you, Bill Moyers.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 12:48 PM

30. THIS is what has to stop unless we want a total takeover of this country by Corporations.

Moyers explained that Obama’s choice to head the commission, Tom Wheeler, not only “bundled” more than $500,000 for Obama’s successful re-election campaign, but also a “top gun” for the cable and telecommunications industries.


Remember what a 'scandal' it was to the 'left' when Bush Bundlers were exposed?

Are we now okay with what we once knew was the reason for all that has gone wrong with this country?

And shouldn't THIS be a huge issue now for any Presidential Candidate, 'WHO WILL YOU APPOINT TO YOUR CABINET'? We elected Democrats, and got Republicans back in power in key positions, in Security, Defense etc anyhow.

How many Progressive Dems are in key positions in this President's cabinet??

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #30)

Sat May 3, 2014, 02:50 PM

39. Thank you.

"We elected Democrats, and got Republicans back in power in key positions, in Security, Defense etc anyhow."

This should be a WTF moment for ALL DEMOCRATS but apparently even this move cannot get through.

Failing to criticize the President isn't helping the cause. This should be receiving universal condemnation. Unless, of course, we want a strictly controlled cable TV-like internet.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #39)

Sat May 3, 2014, 04:03 PM

41. I doubt a majority of the people want that. But we are seeing the exposure of more and more

of those in power, who DO. And yes, this should cause the same outrage it did whenever Bush and his cronies in Corporate America were exposed trying to do the same kind of thing.

On the good side, DU is not the place to gauge the outrage regarding these issues which seem to be piling up day by day, anymore. There IS outrage, my email is inundated by calls to try to stop this from Liberal Organizations, some even now joining with normally political foes, since this will affect everyone. So while we no longer see much outrage on DU over eg, proposals to cut SS benefits, even defenses of these policies shamefully, there is incredible reaction and organizing out there to try to save the Internet, once again, from these predatory capitalists. So I am hopeful that they will be pushed back once again, at least temporarily since we are in an election year, from continuing down this path.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #30)

Sat May 3, 2014, 05:04 PM

43. Which is why there are ex Monsanto folks at the FDA...

 

...and ex Wall Street wolves in the Treasury...the list goes on and on...the game is rigged and we are all going to get screwed...

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #43)

Sat May 3, 2014, 05:16 PM

44. Yes, and former Security Contractors head our top Security Agencies. And yet, with all this evidence

staring them in the face, there are still a few who are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to tell us we are not seeing what we are seeing. THEY are complicit in the rigged game continuing because if all of the people ever united against these policies, we might have a chance to stop them.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #30)

Sat May 3, 2014, 07:42 PM

49. Important post.

And par for the course from this corporate administration.
Thank you.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 05:42 PM

45. I voted for PBO twice

and I really get pissed at him when he does stuff like this.

I cannot imagine ANY rationale for him to let stuff like this happen unless he is indeed a corporatist.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 06:12 PM

47. Racist! Paulite! Doesn't understand chess!!!!! And worse...

 

has boxes in his garage!

I am surprised that someone as experienced as Moyers stills believes the president will keep his word on anything.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 07:20 PM

48. K and R for Bill. n/t

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 08:22 PM

50. The pressure on any Democratic president to turn hard right must be overwhelming for

powerful forces will see to it the whims of the plutocrats are met.

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Response to indepat (Reply #50)

Mon May 5, 2014, 12:35 PM

58. Which is why a part of our job is to make sure they have no space to do so

instead of talking about lesser evils, rationalizing, making excuses, waiting and seeing, and spinning.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 10:15 PM

53. kick

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 10:09 AM

57. This is so outragous. Even when we "win" we lose.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 12:59 PM

59. The promise isn't broken yet

 

But let's stay vigilant.

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