Media Watch: Moyers and Weisberger’s Intellectual Hyperventilations

Journalist and perpetual exaggerator Bill Moyers teamed up with Bernard Weisberger to, once again, complain that neither party is removing money from politics in the Huffington Post (Where Is the Outrage):

Let’s begin with the judicial legerdemain of nine black-robed magicians on the Supreme Court back in the l880s breathing life into an artificial creation called “the corporation.” An entity with no body, soul, sense, or mortality was endowed with all the rights of a living, breathing “person” under the Constitution. Closer to our own time, the Supreme Court of 1976 in Buckley vs. Valeo gutted a fair elections law passed by a Congress that could no longer ignore the stench of Watergate. The Court ruled that wealthy individuals could spend unlimited amounts of their own fortunes to get themselves elected to office, and that anyone could pour dollars by the hundreds of thousands into the war chests of political action committees to pay for “issue ads,” clearly favoring one side in a political race, so long as a specific candidate or party was not named.

Money, the justices declared in another burst of invention, was simply a form of speech.

Then, just two years ago, the Roberts Court, in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, removed any lingering doubts that the marvelous “persons” that corporations had become could reach into their golden troughs to support their candidates and causes through such supposedly “educational” devices as a movie trashing Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Moyers and Weisberger either do not understand or are content to grossly mislead their audience on this topic.  That “entity with no body, soul, sense or morality” is a creation of, and perpetuated by, the actions men and women.  Unless Moyers and Weisberger are actually suggesting that these “people” have no soul, sense, or morality because they work for artificial entities known as corporations, the simplistic ignorance found in their inability to acknowledge the hard working people that make up corporations is insulting.
Almost as bad is their assertion that corporations are devoid of humanity is their view that, out of nowhere, justices declared money is speech.  Of course the dollar isn’t, in itself, speech; rather, money is necessary to perpetuate speech and reach significant audiences.
Fortunately, Mr. Weisberger and Moyer’s intellectual hyperventilations carry little weight with the people who enforce the Constitution; those “black-robed magicians” very appropriately sided with the First Amendment.

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.