THE RECENT reporting from Guyana can best be understood as an example of Missionary Journalism, whose first principle is, "Never Leave the City Where the Good Bars and Hotels Are." This principle, which is also followed religiously by the officers of the CIA, has relieved the monotony of our lives by contributing greatly to the frequent occurrence of the unexpected in the Third World. This is especially true in the case of grassroots movements, which our news and national security organizations seem to discover only when they are sweeping through the suburbs of the capital.
There is, however, a problem for the revolutionary in all of this. How is he, out lthere in the boondocks, going to raise money, get his picture in the paper, and realize the other benefirs of media coverage?
Here we are able to announce an important new discovery. We call it the Khomeini Corollary; and we owe it all to the shah, who pressured Iraqu, where the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini had been a minor irritant, to throw the bearded leader out, whereupon Khomeini went to France. Now reporters who would never dream of going to Meshed, Tabriz or Zahidan could cover the main issues of the Iranian revolution from Paris. The result was worldwide media exposure for the ayatollah, with hightly television coverage of him emerging from one building, crossing the street, entering another building, and then reversing the process, while an announcer lets the world know his latest message. I expect planes to Paris, London, New York and other media centers will now be packed with revolutionaries anxious to apply the Khomeini Corollary.