Last week was a difficult time for Lisa Ramaci.
It was a year ago, on April 24, that Lisa last hugged her husband Steven Vincent goodbye and watched as he went off to seek truth in Iraq. There, this good and talented man was kidnapped with his translator, Nour Weidi. Steven was horribly tortured for over five long hours and finally murdered in cold blood. Nour, a lively and poetic young woman, survived–but just barely. Steven’s book, In the Red Zone, is the best summation of post-war Iraq I have yet to read.
Lisa and I speak to one another by e-mail. I have told her of my grief for Ariel and she has told me about Steven. We have prayed alone and together for those we have lost.
The other day, Lisa sent me this most important interview she did about The Steven Vincent Foundation.
Most of us are probably not aware that there are brave journalists out there who are risking their lives every single day in pursuit of the truth. Yes, there are men and women with integrity, old fashioned values, who are not sitting in comfortable hotels and letting “freelancers” get shot at, do all the dirty work for them.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that not all journalists are hacks working for the Mainstream Media.
By the way, I want to draw your attention to an absolutely superb story about free-lancer and kidnap victim Jill Carroll, that exposes the truth about how the Mainstream Media uses and abuses free lance journalists. This two-part series is by new Seraphic friend David Paulin, at his new blog The Big Carnival. David’s a former free lance journalist so he knows exactly what he’s talking about.
The days of the MSM are fast coming to a close, like dinosaurs they are roaring, trying to convince us and themselves that they are still relevant, still vital, but read Lisa’s words, read Steven Vincent’s blog and you’ll fast understand that the MSM is dead, they just don’t know it yet.
And of course, as Seraphic friend Michael Jennings has pointed out on many occassions, the business model that modern newspapers operate under is positively stuck in the 19th century and simply cannot hope to compete in the new global marketplace.