Bill Moyers: ‘The Pledge of Allegiance is a Lie’

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers told his viewers on March 29 that the next time they say the Pledge of Allegiance, they should “remember: it’s a lie. A whopper of a lie.” Bill Moyers’s “Moyers & Company,” which included the snippet, airs on taxpayer funded PBS.

“We coax it from the mouths of babes for the same reason our politicians wear those flag pins in their lapels – it makes the hypocrisy go down easier, the way aspirin helps a headache go away.”

In a flurry of finger pointing, Moyers called out former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and the company Halliburton for obstructing justice and trampling on the less fortunate.

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“’Justice for all’ is a line item in the budget – sequestered now by the Paul Ryans of Congress and the Fix the Debt gang of plutocratic CEOs who, with a wink-wink from our president, claim, ‘Oh, we can’t afford that!’”

An inveterate and outspoken left-winger, Moyers has spoken in favor of liberal causes, including Occupy Wall Street, on “Moyers and Company.” He even went so far as to compare Occupiers to abolitionists and suffragettes. He has also called the gun-rights group the National Rifle Association “the enabler of death — paranoid, delusional and as venomous as a scorpion.” He went on to say that with “the weak-kneed acquiescence of our politicians, the National Rifle Association has turned the Second Amendment of the Constitution into a cruel and deadly hoax.”

Moyers has also launched a series of attacks against the non-profit American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC promotes state-based policy initiatives. In March 2012, a group of lefty organizations including Bill Moyers’s Schumann Center for Media and Democracy launched a campaign to pressure the corporations that funded ALEC to withdraw their support. Although Moyers openly publicized the attack against ALEC his program, he failed to note that he funded 4 of the 6 groups involved in the attack, to the tune of $1.3 million.

Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella is a staff writer for the Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute.