Media Moves

WSJ reporter who worked with Pearl disappointed in movie

June 24, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Asra Q. Nomani, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was working with slain Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan when he was killed said she’s disappointed in the movie “Mighty Heart” that tells the story of Pearl and his wife Marianne Pearl.

Asra NomaniPearl now lives in West Virginia, where she freelances for the Washington Post and Salon.com. She has not discussed her feelings about the movie with Marianne Pearl. The Pearls were staying at her house in Pakistan when Pearl as kidnapped and murdered.

Mary Wade Burnside of The Times West Virginian wrote, “Other aspects of the film disappointed her. ‘I’ve covered corporate America, and the marketing machinery is so intense. You start wondering what is real and what is not.

“‘Then I started seeing these glamorous shots come out, and I felt it was the antithesis of what Danny was. He was not into celebrity.'”

Later, Burnside wrote, “She also expressed that the way filmmakers portrayed the situation, Pearl appeared careless as he ignored advice that something might happen when he went to his final interview.

“‘They have Danny warned over and over to only do this in public,’ she said. ‘Even though he did get those warnings, part of being a journalist is to take risks. I felt like Danny came off looking cavalier and irresponsible.'”

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