by Lorenzo Quinn CPW News Service
With concerns that the Greek economy would crater under the weight of its massive debt and questions of whether the European Union would make concessions for the once great nation's role as the cradle of democracy, 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft joined in the chorus.
|Steve Kroft (circle r) singing Zorba The Greek (l).|
"I think that he has a big heart to step up with the rest of us Athenians, Spartans and lovers of baklava and baba ganoush to sing a Greek classic. I will never forget the scene from Zorba the Greek in which the village widows descended on the home a deceased citizen and like vultures picked off her belongings. Well Kroft is obviously not ready to pronounce the death of Western Civilization just yet and I for one am glad," said Nicholas Tesla Constantine, an accomplished Athenian tenor. "I know that Kroft is distressed over the assault on the American media by big government," said Constantine. "Greeks never trusted big government either which is why we created a government by the people and for the people," he continued. "You want an empire? Become a Roman!" he quipped.
Kroft, a consummate lover of the role that freedom of the press has played in a representative democracy, had previously only sung in Roman bath houses in Milan and Florence. "I always found my vocal chords felt constricted in a Roman bathhouse," said Constantine.
"Steve has a wonderful voice," said actress Nia Vardalos, "and I wish I had known of his singing abilities. I would have had him sing during my wedding scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
Kroft's friends say that he is most concerned that the media in the West has been commandeered by the corporate-state and that freedom of the press is on its last leg. A Greenwich, Connecticut friend and resident quoted a recent article that showed the connection between the leading sociologist whose son, Robert C. Merton, designed the credit default and derivative formulas that led to the 2008 Wall Street bail out by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. "It all right there," he said noting the constricting roots of an increasingly corrupt government in American media and then read:
At Princeton, Lazarfeld had developed the Office of Radio Research and Lazarfeld's student became the presidents of CBS, NBC and ABC. In 1944, when Lazarfeld moved from Princeton to Columbia University where Merton would join him, the ORR was renamed the Bureau of Applied Social Research or BASR. In the 1950's and 60's Columbia became the leading university for social research. The fact that the father of this research was also the father of the credit-default instruments that tanked the U.S. economy has not been studied with any degree of seriousness. The fearless defender of American capitalism, Charlie Rose, missed the opportunity to probe this issue with a panel of Robert C. Merton and his mentor, Paul Samuelson before his death and their critics. Rose, after all, lives in New York and as Moses learned, to bite the hand of the Pharoah, can mean a long walk in the wilderness.