Archive for 13 de Maio, 2004

A pergunta sempre fez sentido mas ganha maior acuidade em tempos como os que vivemos (de crescente desemprego, de precaridade, de reestruturao das empresas, de aumento da exigncia das audincias, de segmentao dos pblicos, etc.). Como em tantas outras situaes, a resposta nunca ser uma s e, por isso mesmo, deixo aqui a opinio de um jornalista veterano, Ted Koppel, da ABC:

Only go into journalism if you really feel the quiver going down your spine at the thought of being able to go to cover whatever the story may be. Dont get into it because of the money. Dont get into because you think you get to be well-known. Because if you dont love the industry, if you dont love what Ive been describing, if that doesnt strike you as the most exciting way of spending your life, no amount of money or fame will compensate you for the high cost of doing that, the disappointments inherent in doing that“.

A frase faz parte de uma entrevista que Koppel deu a propsito de uma deslocao Universidade de Berkeley. Vale a pena ler o resto.


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A editora dos artigos de opinio do NYTimes, Maureen Dowd, escreve hoje (acesso sob inscrio prvia) um texto muito cru, mas que me parece muito relevante – se mais provas fossem necessrias – do estado de ‘despertar para o pesadelo’ em que se encontram grande parte dos media norte-americanos.

The Bush hawks, so fixated on making the Middle East look more like America, have made America look un-American. Should we really be reduced to defending ourselves by saying at least we don’t behead people?

The problem, of course, is that the war in Iraq started with lies that Saddam’s W.M.D. were endangering our security and that Saddam was linked to Al Qaeda and 9/11.
In a public relations move that cheapens the heroism of soldiers, the Pentagon merged the medals for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, giving the G.W.O.T. medal, for Global War on Terrorism, in both wars to reinforce the idea that we had to invade Iraq to quell terrorism. The truth is that our invasion of Iraq spurred terrorism there and around the world

The hawks, who promised us garlands in Iraq, should have recalled the words of the historian Daniel Boorstin, who warned that planning for the future without a sense of history is like planting cut flowers“.

Ainda que com argumentao mais baseada na ideia de que os Estados Unidos desperdiaram, em 15 meses, grande parte da sua credibilidade internacional, escreve Helena Cobban, no Christian Science Monitor:

The essence of any democracy is the accountability of officials to the citizens they claim to serve. The decisions this administration has made regarding key aspects of its Middle East policy have significantly harmed the interests of the US citizenry along with those of Iraqis and Palestinians. Things may still get much worse for the US – in Iraq and elsewhere. But it didn’t have to be this way: There were several points in the past 15 months where culpably faulty decisions were made. Who made them? Who will be held accountable?
And how many more people – Americans and others – will be killed before the US reverses this disastrous course?

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