Is American media becoming less biased?
Kurdishaspect.com - Kay Azadabeen
National Public Radio (NPR) is expected to be one of the most objective and less biased sources of information in America. An NPR journalist had an interview with the foreign minister of Turkey on June 5, 2008. The interview can be listed to at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91208875.
One of the main questions of the journalist was about the cooperation of Turkey and Iran against the Kurdish fighters. I was impressed that the journalist did not describe the fighters as "separatist and terrorists" as usual, but as the arm movement of the Turkish Kurds who have basis in Iraqi Kurdistan.. The language was indicative of the station's progress toward fairness and objectivity.
The minister confirmed that Turkey, Iran and USA have common interest to fight against Kurdish guerrillas of Northern Kurdistan, whom they consider as terrorists. The journalist was not informed enough to ask more interesting questions. He could have asked why Mr. Talebani and Mr. Barezani, the former- guerrillas in Southern Kurdistan are no longer considered terrorists. He could have asked how many times Turkey has rejected the unilateral ceasefire of Kurdish forces. He could have asked how is the policy of the so called "democratic" Turkey compare to the dictatorial regimes in Iran, Syria in regard to Kurdish question. He then could have asked a Kurd to participate in a debate instead of giving the Turkish minister a free ride to continue with the same old and one-sided argument.
Although the American media is making progress in being less biased against the Kurdish movement, much progress is still needs to be made. The American media needs to be courageous enough to hear the Kurdish side, when they talk to representatives of the Turkish, Persian, and Arab states. American media needs to know that the Kurdish movement is about the same values the Americans have been fighting for and continue to fight for; it is about justice, democracy, secularism, and modernity; in short it is about is about freedom. It is for that reason that they ask when will we be free or in Kurdish "Kay Azadabeen"?