[Marxism] International progressives and Press TV

anas abdelrahim shackup70 at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 31 13:27:04 MDT 2011


I worked for one year in Press TV and it is guided by one overarching agenda: to maintain the status quo for the benefit of the ruling clergy. being state-run, Press TV can not but reflect the official policy which is to turn a blind eye to the failings of the system and focus on the failings of American system. incidentally, the failings of both systems are glaringly clear. 
Press TV is similar to Fox news in that both are too crude in their bias. for instance, you can watch Press TV for months without chancing upon a piece that criticizes the government which is quite expected given that it is owned and run by the state. 
it would be more  prudent and effective for the left to marshal their resources to launch a genuinely revolutionary channel that can reach wider audiences than rely on a TV channel whose agenda and content are far from presenting a revolutionary opportunity. aside from this, we can not subscribe to the doctrine of the end justifies the means. 

--- On Sun, 7/31/11, Eli Stephens <elishastephens at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Eli Stephens <elishastephens at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Marxism] International progressives and Press TV
To: "Anas" <shackup70 at yahoo.com>
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 9:47 AM

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The single most important thing that American or European revolutionaries
can do to help the prospects of revolutionary change in Iran or any other
country in the world is to bring about revolutionary change *in their own
countries.* And any time they have an opportunity to reach large numbers of
people with their message they need to take it.

As it happens, PressTV and RT are the only media outlets broadcasting
nationally in the U.S. Which offer such an opportunity to real
revolutionaries; even Democracy Now rarely if ever has guests quite as far
to the left. Boycotting them because of any imagined implicit support this
gives to any failings of the Iranian government would be a serious mistake.
All the more so because I speculate that the audiences for PressTV and RT
must, because of their content, surely consist of more potential
revolutionaries than the audiences of CNN or any other corporate media
outlet, just as the audiences of Al Jazeera surely consist of more people
supportive of the Palestinian cause than CNN etc.

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News
 http://lefti.blogspot.com



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