Walter Rodgers- who?
I have heard about free and fair dialogue. I was just never a part of it. Perhaps because I’m a Pakistani. Maybe the global media is infested with biases. Or just because it did not exist. For me atleast.
This perception has changed. I had the oppurtunity to hear Mr Walter Rodgers talk . He has worked for CNN and ABC news, and is fierecley defensive about America.
He covered stories ranging from “the deaths of former Soviet presidents, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chemenko, the Cheronobyl disaster, downing of Korean Airlines flight KAL 007, assasination of Martin Luther King Junior,, Iranian hostage, and Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.”
Rodgers has worked in Kabul, Islamabad, Amman, Ankara and he thinks he knows what Muslim countries are about. He thinks Palestinian women are the smartest and would hire one to work for him, on any given day. At the moment he is helping Dawn group of newspapers to establish their own news channel.
Walter Rodgers, is a prolific journalist and likes Pakistani people. Yet he has issues with Waziristan for he thinks Osama bin Laden might be hiding up there. He blatantly states that no city in Pakistan has potable drinking water and God forbid if the current government changes Pakistan might fall into disarray.
Baluchistan can establish an independant state. Sindh can merge with Indian Rajhastan. Punjab will be aided by Indian Punjab and N.W.F.P. will have an autonomous say. He also stated that in Pakistan you can not talk about a) Baluchistan b)government c)religion.
He is a famous journalist. He may be all that great with rationalising information and crediting media. But how can he know or talk about our country in a single, sweeping statement. For him America is almost god-like. Do we feel as strongly for Pakistan, if we had a chance would not we all be hopping on a plane and flying off to achieve the American dream? Is he wrong?
Though it was a pleasure to hear him speak, for very people few have what it takes to handle criticism. Even though truth seems like manifestation it still does exist.