14 Oct

Moyers & Company–Full Show: Justice, Not Politics

At the top of the program, Bill offers some fact-checks to Bill
O’Reilly for false statements the Fox News icon made about him
during O’Reilly’s public
with Jon Stewart, and reiterates his longstanding
invitation to O’Reilly to appear on Moyers & Company
for some straight talk.

Afterward, James Balog, one of the world’s
premier nature photographers, joins Bill to explain how “the earth
is having a fever.” At tremendous risk to his own safety, Balog has
been documenting the erosion of glaciers in Switzerland, Greenland,
Iceland, and Alaska. Now he joins Bill to share his amazing photos,
discoveries, and self-discoveries – including his transformation
from climate change skeptic to true believer. Balog’s
soon-to-be-released film, Chasing
, is a breathtaking account of climate change in action.

In the final segment, Bill explores a judicial system under
partisan attack. Thirty-eight states now elect their high court
judges. Over the last decade, $200 million — much of it secret and
tied to partisan agendas — has poured into these judicial
campaigns. In Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, for example, justices
are being targeted by radical groups that abhor judicial independence
and want the courts to reflect their own political biases.

In Iowa, a state whose judicial system has been praised for its
fairness and impartiality, the political and religious Right ousted
three justices in 2010 over marriage equality, and is now trying to
take down a fourth over the same issue. But this time a bipartisan
coalition called Justice Not
is fighting back. Its co-founders – Democrat Sally
and Republican Joy Corning, each
of whom served Iowa for eight years as lieutenant governor – talk
with Bill about what’s at stake when justices are at the mercy of
partisan passions and money in politics.

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