So LBC decides one day that it wants to "investigate" what the Maronite perspective on a specific issue is. Does it go to a Maronite living in Beirut or Achrafieh? No! Instead, it finds a 60 year old jiddo who can't tell the difference between political parties and sects to express his political opinion about proportional electoral systems at the level of the region. Once that ignoramous manages to blurb out a couple of words, every body watching their TV set will somehow convince themselves that this man is saying what all Maronites think. No TV station is any different in their coverage - i.e. it is very rare for them differentiate the opinions of members of the same sect based on class, or socio-economic status!
Call me an idiot if you want, but I'm sure that the majority of AUB graduates at least appreciate that issues are more complex than what Mr. Ancient in a village populated with 40 other retirees somewhere in the Lebanese mountains can fathom. Why are there only two overlapping opinions in Lebanon: the mob and the demagogue? Why are the moderate and more complex opinions of the socio-economic elite marginalized by political news broadcasts?
The answer seems obvious, but I won't give it away! ;)
On that note, I just want to make a comment about General Awn's return to Lebanon: I think that two aspects of his return are sad and dangerous.
1. The sad part is the feeling most of his supporters have, that somehow he is going to save them. This idea of a Mesiah comming to make your life better is a big problem - you basically forgoe responsibility of making anything different and unfairly put everything on the lap of your leader.
2. It is dangerous because Awn is not controling expectations. On Marcel Ghanem's show, he was told that some of his supporter's were comparing his return to Gen. De Gaul's return to Paris after WWII. Instead of humbly thanking the praise and downplaying expectations, he said that everyone has a right to express themselves. For his own sake, Gen Awn ought to control expectations.