It Takes an Artist

Some times, it takes a courageous artist to recall basic facts — to remind us how important truth can be where lies have found great currency.

As an example, see Arash Norouzi's piece on the how media has demonized Iran. Norouzi's Mossadegh project might also be worth a look. He also points to a Mossadegh rock opera by Michael Minn, which premiered in New York in the summer of 2004. (For the audio clips of the opera, try here.)

Courage should not be that hard to muster but it apparantly has become a very rare commodity only accessible to the few.

Comments:

Norouzi's piece on Dissident Voice is very interesting. For all his apparent candour, the quote attributed to Dan Rather is very revealing, when he says that his problem is

<em>" to not confuse my role as a patriotic journalist with the role of trying to protect your popularity, your ratings, your demographics, and all of that stuff that doesn't matter in the big picture of what's best for the country.</em>

That's something of a falsely contrived dilemma... there are people whose job it is to address "the big picture of what's best for the country", but it's a strange stretch to say that that should be a <em>journalist's</em> prime purpose.

Surely journalistic integrity consists in honest, accurate and balanced reporting; what will Dan choose when that requires him to say things which conflict with the interest of his country?

Posted by guest on January 01, 2006 at 02:27 AM PST #

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