After decades of providing thorough, thought-provoking, respectful and truly admirable coverage of some of humanity’s most important issues, Bill Moyers bids farewell to weekly television with the final broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal this Friday. Among the many people making their goodbyes is our friend Stephen Colbert:
Stephen Colbert, host, The Colbert Report
Bill Moyers is everything I never aspire to be: Calm, Thoughtful, and Informative. Two years ago, Bill asked me to be the first guest of this, his last series. I can’t remember what scheduling conflict kept me from doing it, but I’ll always remember that I was a fool to say “No.”
Having read and watched only a fraction of Mr. Moyers’s prodigious body of work over the years, I nonetheless hold him in the highest esteem. Reading Moyers on Democracy reminded me of what great heights can be reached in essay form. Reading Moyers’s eulogy for Barbara Jordan in that book taught me what an exceptional woman she was. Reading Moyers’s occasional internet postings are lessons in what eloquent and passionate defenses of individuals’ liberty can be. Watching his shows piques my curiosity and makes me want to learn more.
I will miss having Mr. Moyers on my television each week and can only be grateful for the number of shows he’s created that I have yet to watch. I, too, wish Stephen had been able to accept the invitation to appear on Mr. Moyers’s show, and I will hope that Mr. Moyers will find time to visit Stephen on the set of The Colbert Report someday. Until then, I leave you with this interview with Jon Stewart from Bill Moyers Journal in 2007.
I wish the best to Mr. Moyers, who is leaving a legacy of which anyone could be proud.