"When I came to Public Broadcasting, to National Educational Television in 1970, it was informed with the original mission of Public Broadcasting as a continuing course in adult education - offering the best of the performing arts. Offering the best of opera. Offering the best of journalism. Offering what the market would not provide. That's how I came to Public Broadcasting. That was the mind set, mentality, history, and as you might say, legislative history that I brought with me to this system. It was designed to tell stories that were worth telling, even if advertisers wouldn't pay for their telling, or despite the fact that advertisers wouldn't pay for their selling."
About This Interview
In his two hour Archive Interview, Bill Moyers discusses his upbringing in Texas and his early interest in writing and journalism. He explains how he first met Lyndon Johnson and four years later campaigned for Johnson for President in the 1960 election. He describes being present when JFK offered Johnson the Vice-Presidential ticket, shares where he was when JFK was assassinated, and discusses his roles as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps under Kennedy and as White House Press Secretary under President Johnson. He describes his role as publisher of the newspaper "Newsday", speaks of writing about cross-country travels for "Harper's Magazine", and relays how he was approached by National Educational Television to host a show on PBS - what would become This Week/ Bill Moyers' Journal. Moyers outlines memorable pieces covered on the show, and recounts how the Nixon administration reacted to coverage of Watergate. Don Carleton conducted the interview on May 16, 2001 in New York, NY.