Sunday, July 19, 2009

Episode #15 Media and Democracy, part 2

The July broadcast of Reform Radio continues the conversation with Ohio University Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Algis Mickunas on the importance of independent, critical, truth-telling media in our democratic republic, the first part of which was rebroadcast in June. Truth telling by today's journalism stars is rare, as they function more as official mouthpieces for the corporate and governmental elite. Last week, the journalism icon and standard-bearer news anchor, Walter Cronkite, died. Glenn Greenwald in a recent column starkly pointed out the differences between today's journalists and those cut in the mold of Cronkite, I.F. Stone, and Edward R. Murrow. The failure of media and journalists, as part of a constitutionally protected "fourth estate" Mickunas discusses.