Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Amy Goodman teaches reporting

So I spent over half an hour listening to a far left propaganda machine this afternoon.

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
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Blogger Nathan said...

Dude! How do you stand it? I know I couldn't. I don't mind telling you that my respect for you never seems to stop growing, bro.

12:05 AM, October 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're a journalist, Mark! -Beth

1:45 AM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Rebekah said...

This is preposterous! Its a conspiracy!! I just had to watch a half-hour of this same woman ranting about "Indepentent Newscasting" or something like that. Her point was that we never get the whole picture on our networks, that we never see what everyone in Europe sees...blah, blah, blah...

Oh, and there was something about there only being a handfull of liberal stations compared the remaining hundreds..."This has to change." She said, shrewishly. That seems a strong word, but that is about how it sounded.

Oh, and:
"This is journalism today." It was not a compliment. She seemed to think that if we were able to see the pictures of four-year-old little girls dying in Iraq, instead of "soldiers in the sunset" then the anti-war movement would be ever-so-much stronger...

Oh! I almost forgot the best part--there was even a clip of Michael More in there!

6:19 AM, October 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After my first initial outrage, especially over the class setting, I've found a need to adjust my opinion: in the past, I've assumed that Liberal frauds like Fisk manifested a mind filled solely with hate for contending beliefs. Doubtless, there's hate in Fisk's rants, but there's more to it (or less, perhaps?) He's admitted to total hopelessness. So, all things considered, what does motivate a man like this?
Or... was this apparent hopelessness also a ploy to enforce his point? (maybe I don't need to modify my outlook!)
-Ruth.

7:52 AM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Caleb said...

So, Mark. What are your thoughts on punctuality?

=)

4:52 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Mike said...

How did you get that sound track on there?

5:26 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Mark R said...

Ah...Mike wants to know something I deliberatly hid by deleting part of the code. To be honest, I'm not sure I'm totally down with putting music on here and I didn't want to start a trend. After all, I started this blog, then my sister started her blog, then my cousins, then Andrea, then countless others and finally you were somehow influenced to do the same thing. So you see, I indirectly influenced you to start your blog. I have reason to play it safe.

Cheers
Mark

5:38 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Mark R said...

Caleb...I'm sitting here in the skybridge, wondering if I got the time wrong...true I didn't show up till late, but I can't believe you guys finished studying in half an hour.

5:40 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger Gloria said...

Mark know amount of influencing would ever get me started unless I wanted to. And your song you have on here is very beautiful to say the very least.

9:51 PM, October 27, 2005  

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