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Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: On Remembering Dan Georgakas

December 15, 2021

To the Editor:

It was with delight and a sense of refreshment that I read “Remembering Dan and His Intellectual Honesty” (THN December 10) by Dr Constantinos Scaros, who pays due tribute to the integrity and honesty of a fellow journalist.

Dan Georgakas, a product of his working-class Greek upbringing in Detroit, unabashedly voiced his sense of justice in poetry, books, films and newspaper columns.  Dan, an anarchist and radical, earned the respect of his peers and audiences with his logical and factual premised arguments. His contribution to Hellenic studies amplified Greek culture and history to our ethnic pride.

How apropos for Scaros to celebrate Georgakas. Scaros: “I shake my head in dismay these days when I turn on most television stations that purport to provide journalism, and all I see – with rare exception – is comfort food doled out from ideologically divergent feeding troughs.” So true! “I’d rather converse with an openminded and polite liberal than with a closed-minded and rude conservative.” Bravo Scaros!

Scaros hits a journalism reality spot on. Commercial journalism is devoid of intellectual honesty and integrity. It confuses opinion with fact. Remember Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s famous saying: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Ipse dixit analysis and dogma plague commercial journalism, on both sides of the political spectrum. Loud mouths dominate the airways, cheerleading for entertainment ratings.

We will miss Dan in the columns of The National Herald.

 

Michael Manoussos, Esq.

Kew Gardens, NY

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