How to be an American Journalist, Part II—Last week, “Thin Line” focused on an eye-opening documentary by Bill Moyers on how the media failed to ask tough questions during the run-up to the Iraq War. It's instructive to learn about the failures of our largest publications and networks, about reporters blinded in a fog of patriotism. As potential military conflict with Iran approaches, what are the questions we should be asking? Primarily, are things really as they seem? How do we go beyond military news releases and spokesperson responses to get to the heart of this situation?
Not just fat ladies in steel bras
There’s singing. Then there’s singing.
The 6- and 7-year-olds at East San Jose Elementary School had most likely never heard a soprano singing opera before. At least not live, not standing right there among them while they sat cross-legged on a crowded gymnasium floor.
When Joanna Morska-Osinska let loose with a soaring aria, hundreds of little eyes popped open and jaws dropped. Boys rose to their knees for a better look. Girls’ faces glowed as they watched this beautiful woman hold loud, high notes effortlessly and seemingly forever. The children were feeling magic, the kind of magic that can make the world a different place for a lifetime.
Ortiz y Pino
The End of the Spear
Our obsession with war
One of the amenities of living in this high-tech world that our household most enjoys sampling is Netflix. We watch films ordered from this outfit that slipped past commercial theaters and that I didn’t get over to the Guild in time to see.
The Real Side
Repast with Palast
The rock star of investigative reporting
Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater. A packed house. Techno rap rattles the sound system. A gruff baritone on full automatic slams rhymes of defiance and rebellion. The audience sways to the relentless, driving beat. The woman next to me slides to the edge of her seat. I think she’s holding her breath.
Clean-up of graffiti murals angers artists Part one of a two-part series
Sofa's been writing graffiti for 17 years. He was arrested for it three times in his younger days, back when he was going "all-city," which means he was tagging all parts of ’Burque.
I just read your interview with film maker Salvador Carrasco about his movie The Other Conquest and its re-release in the states [Film Interview, “The Other Conquest Conquers America,” May 3-9].
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Italy—A fan of the AC Milan soccer team, angry over the poor performance of Brazilian-born goalie Dida, put the player up for sale on eBay. The 33-year-old, who joined Milan in 2000, was a hero after the shootout win over Juventus in the 2003 Champions League final, but his popularity has slumped after a series of errors. Unfortunately, the goalie did not raise much interest on the popular auction site. His sale price, before the auction was shut down by eBay officials last Friday, had reached just 71 euros (about $116) after 25 bids.