You seem to have moved steadily to the left in
the past decade-not only in your public comments and articles but also
in your public ties to progressive groups. Is this an accurate
assessment? If so, what inspired this leftward shift?
Journalism's been a continuing course in adult
education for me. And I've lived long enough to see the triumph of
zealots and absolutists, to watch money swallow politics, to witness the
rise of the corporate state. See the party of working and poor people
become a sycophant of crony capitalism. Watch the union of church and
state become fashionable again. Witness the coupling of news and
entertainment. See everyday people cast overboard as the pirates and
predators of Wall Street seized the ship of state. I didn't drift; I moved left just by standing still.
Like Moyers in that interview, my politics have not changed since I
became politically aware in the early 60's. My views are the same now,
as they were then. I have not moved but what passes for "left" has, to
So where are you?