Media mea culpa

Next Wednesday, April 25 brings the premiere of veteran journalist Bill Moyers‘ newest documentary, “Buying the War,” which Editor & Publisher magazine calls “(t)he most powerful indictment of the news media for falling down in its duties in the run-up to the war in Iraq.”

Free Press, a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, is organizing a nationwide system of house parties to watch the public-television broadcast; Moyers will be available to answer attendees’ questions during an exclusive conference call just before the screening. Check here to see if there’s a gathering near you.

Meanwhile, here’s an excerpt:

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.