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Radio silence

Posted in Personal by Will on Sunday, March 6th, 2005 ~ 12am

Does the news media still have the courage to actually report facts that may put the current empire in a bad light? Maybe not directly, anymore. But sometimes they manage to convey the spirit of the information nonetheless.

I am referring to some news I heard on the radio the other day, in which the radio reporter said, matter of factly, that U.S. military forces had fired on and nearly killed an Italian journalist who had just been freed from her Iraqi captors. They didn’t say anything more. But nonetheless, there was a heavy sense of “that’s odd” floating around in the spaces between the words. The very fact that they reported on the shooting was odd. The fact that the reporter did not provide an explanation was odd. The jist was there: this was odd.

Still, I wondered if my appreciation of subtext was just too acute.

Apparently not. A South African website is now reporting in plain words what the U.S. report was reporting through silences: the belief on the part of the Italians involved with the hostage that the shooting was deliberate.

I don’t know which is more frightening – the violence overseas, or the silence here at home.

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