Posted on July 14, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“Science is the search for truth – it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.”
– LINUS PAULING (1901-1994) Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1954, Nobel Peace Prize 1962
Ever since becoming aware of Press TV’s news-talk program “The Debate”, the show has become a favorite because of its editors’ choice of seemingly always current issues. The only criticism which could be made is that the episodes would be more powerful and effective if longer than the average of roughly 25 minutes. The following video comes from a recent “The Debate” program with commentators from America Danny Schechter and Brent Budowsky.
Brent Budowsky is a journalist who I must admit was unknown to me before seeing him on a few “The Debate” episodes. He has appeared on the program with Danny Schechter in the past, and their on-air discussions have at times been turbulent. Danny Schechter is more well-known for being a documentary filmmaker; he spent time working in the mainstream media world before leaving it to become a filmmaker with “inside knowledge” of the corporate news. His most recent film was a tribute to the late, great South African leader Nelson Mandela: “Madiba.”
For what it’s worth, this writer has a very high opinion of Danny Schechter and the work he’s produced. He’s been producing and directing TV specials and documentaries for decades. From the year 2000 they include: Nkosi: A Voice of Africa’s AIDS Orphans (2001), We Are Family (2002), Counting On Democracy (2003), WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004), In Debt We Trust (2006), and Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (2010).
Mr. Schechter has written 11 books on media issues and world events.
In my opinion, Mr. Schechter is somewhat under the radar, and it’s disappointing that his voice isn’t heard much more often on talk programs like “The Debate”. Because he is one of the more insightful and knowledgeable journalists out there. So, because of my great respect for the man developed through hearing him speak and watching his films, it’s good to hear from him in the past few days; his discussion with Brent Budowsky could have gone on for hours.
For what it’s worth, Mr. Schechter and Mr. Budowsky should collaborate on a book, film, or something. The reason I suggested that the two men could have gone on for hours is that there is something different about this discussion. What makes this an atypical, extraordinary TV discussion is that both men, consciously or unconsciously, bring to the talk a sense of global change. Perhaps this is the result of what has happened in Gaza in the past days. The violence there seems to have pushed humanity to the point where an “intervention” is now necessary; the human race has become like a “war alcoholic” that, because of the continued war and killing recently, now needs a “sit down” with the human family and treatment for the disease: war.
The alcoholic analogy is apt, because the “drunken” warmongers and their recent escalations are really the same as the addict who’s “hit bottom.” Listening to Mr. Schechter and Mr. Budowsky, one can sense their shared feelings that the world is experiencing events that require a great deal more wisdom, creativity, diplomacy and statesmanship. In addition, qualities like morality, truthfulness and honor must become exercised now more than at any time in recent decades. In other words, it has become painfully obvious that humanity must rise to this occasion in world history and start acting from the basis of human beings’ highest, best, and most ethical principles.
So this is an unusual, enlightening TV discussion in that it focuses on the positive potentials and problem-solving capacity of mankind; one of the rare discussions that has moved beyond the problems and toward solutions. The mostly hidden, not easily discerned aspect of this talk between Mr. Schechter and Mr. Budowsky is its reason for viewers to regain any hope/optimism lost upon witnessing recent world events. These men are saying exactly what’s on the mind of an increasing number of men and women around the world: there is an urgent need for an intense global, all-inclusive focus and striving for fair, just, honorable, and truth-driven solutions to situations of war on Earth where human beings are insanely killing their fellow human beings.
Perhaps when listening to this discussion you’ll feel that new and extraordinary message woven into the words these men speak. And what is that profound message? Humanity is turning the corner – turning the page – and travelling/moving on toward solutions-oriented thinking. This is a long-awaited, welcome sign of things to come, and is good news for those who’ve experienced post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of any kind, whether less severe from observing tragic events on the outside, or the harshest manifestations through experiences inside real war zones.
As mentioned earlier, journalist Brent Budowsky is a man whom many know little or nothing about. But men and women in rapidly increasing numbers around the Earth are in absolute agreement with his relevant and wise words:
“We have to build a different kind of world.”
(Thank you to Press TV News Videos @ YouTube)