As Promised

4 07 2009

As promised, you may now watch the Foreign Correspondent episode I blogged about a while ago from their website.  Just select the episode titled, ‘A Greek Tragedy.’




2 responses

6 07 2009

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I watched it and I have to agree with your assessment. All I really got out of this is “anarchy is a stage young people go through that is inexplicable to serious adults”. All the authority figures (like foreign minister Bakoyiannis) seem weighty and important, the anarchists like aliens. That quote from Bakoyiannis really pissed me off. If she indeed has deep personal experience with this (possibly uniquely Greek) conflict, then she damn well knows who are the fascists and who are the Marxists. She’s either a complete idiot or just another two-bit demagogue — I vote for the latter.

I’m always ambivalent about reports like this. I’d like the story to get out in the world, but when it’s packaged this way, I’d just a soon wish they’d leave it be.

And, btw, what happened to those eyewitness reports? Was the reporter unaware of them? I find that unlikely as she had access to the video of the shooting, which on You Tube was often paired with the video of the eyewitness reports.

6 07 2009
Royce Christian

The biggest failure of the report was to clearly differentiate about who she was talking to. The fact that she talked about the Anarchists first, brought on a kind of ‘Oh God, the horror! Think of the children!’ effect, so even when she moved on to try and talk about other factions/groups/actions it still came off as discussing the Anarchists.

Also, it’s fascinating to watch this particular show talk about Alex’s death as being hijacked by political factions to cause ‘chaos and destruction’ (can you get any more cliché?) then the next week another reporter turned the Iranian student who was killed into a martyr for democracy. Not that I bear ill will to the student.

She failed, fundamentally, to understand the cause for the problem, the ideologies involved and the complexity of the situation, in my opinion.

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