MOYERS: The Public Mind — Image and Reality in America


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MOYERS: The Public Mind — IMAGE AND REALITY IN AMERICA explores image and reality in America. The four one-hour program series explores how public opinion is formed through the mingling of fact and fiction in a society saturated with images. The series examines the impact on democracy of a mass culture whose basic information comes from image making, the media, public opinion polls, public relations and propaganda.

4 Programs

1. Consuming Images

2. Leading Questions

3. Illusions of News

4. The Truth About Lies

MOYERS: The Public Mind — Image and Reality in America was produced by Public Affairs Television and Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc. in 1989.

Funded by

Johnson & Johnson

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS

Markle Foundation

Schumann Foundation


Emmy Award – Outstanding Program (1989)

National Academy of Television News and Documentary

The George Foster Peabody Award – The University of Georgia (1989)


It's nothing less than the most important program I've seen in 1989. —
San Francisco Chronicle

The Public Mind is a profound, acutely perceptive four-part PBS series.  — Los Angeles Times

The Public Mind is as insightful and chilling a state of the union message as you are likely to see on television this year. — Newsday

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