Amy Goodman teaches reporting
My professor admitted jokingly he was probably force-feeding...his reasons for playing a pod cast of DomocracyNow! in class is still a bit obscure, besides the fact that he "highly recommends it." You see, he probably thinks it's time we graduated from the elementary and archaic elements of journalism like, say, objectivity.
The pod cast was an interview with British Indy journalist Robert Fisk, a "veteran" of numerous conflicts and, from what I could tell, a pacifist as well. His rant was one continuous stream of deranged pessimism regarding Iraq and how it is simply a mess and he suspects he might not be brave enough to risk another trip.
One half-hour later, as he finished his rant, Goodman asked a final question after the audience finished applauding...
After all you have been through, and all the wars you have covered, all the death you have seem, "what gives you hope?"
...*silence*... "...Nothing...nothing. *shaky voice* I'm sorry, maybe ordinary people speaking out, but nothing really."
I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. I should choose the later I suppose because, as a Christian, I hurt for people who have this kind of empty hopelessness. That's got to be an awful way to live.
The prof finally made some point about this can teach us that we should never hesitate to challenge power...
Ok...is that all? Can I go now?
Crossposted at Western Washington Unraveled