Amy Goodman, born April 13, 1957 in Washington, D.C. is an award-winning American liberal broadcast journalist and author. A 1984 graduate of Harvard University, Goodman is best known as the principal host of Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now program, where she has been described by the Los Angeles Times the peace and human rights movements – and support of the independent media – are the hallmarks of her work. As an investigative journalist, she has received acclaim for exposés of human rights violations in East Timor and Nigeria. … (full text).
Amy Goodman – USA
She works for the radio and TV station Democracy Now.
She is interviewing As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at the California State University, Stansilaus and the creator of the Angry Arab News Service blog.
Listen, read and watch her on this Tavis Smiley page.
King Features managing editor Glenn Mott said, “Amy Goodman’s syndicated column is unique, in that it brings an award-winning journalist and firebrand from independent media to newspapers. Goodman has said, ‘I see the media as a huge kitchen table that stretches across the country, one where we all sit around to debate and discuss the most critical issues of the day: war and peace, life and death. Anything less than that is a disservice to a democratic society.’ In practice, Goodman’s is a civic journalism with a belief in the craft’s obligation to public life. Her syndicated column is meant for people who want to read the news and analyze its content, not just for information’s sake, but for thought” … (full text).
Download the video: Independent Media In A Time Of War, 29.13 min.
She says: “With a career spanning more than six decades, Gore Vidal is one of America’s most respected writers and thinkers, authored more than twenty novels, five plays. His recent books include Dreaming War, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia. His latest is a memoir; it’s called Point to Point Navigation … (full text Interview of Gore Vidal, May 14, 2008).
Her Bio on Americans Who Tell the Truth.
Amy Goodman didn’t know if anyone was listening. It was the morning of September 11, 2001, and the host of the muckraking radio news program Democracy Now! was broadcasting from her studio in a converted firehouse just blocks from the World Trade Center. She was hunched over her microphone, intent on painting an audio portrait of the “horrific scene of explosions and fires,” but the truth was she didn’t know if anyone could hear her. The phone lines were dead or temporarily blocked, and she had already overshot her slated hourlong broadcast time. More serious, she had recently been banished from her professional home at Pacifica Radio after a hostile internal shake-up, and she was only being aired by twenty or so affiliate stations … (full long 6 pages text, May 5, 2005).
a book: Standing Up to the Madness, Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and David Goodman, ISBN: 1401322883.
For those seeking to save the soul of WBAI, this was total victory. As new chairwoman Leslie Cagan announced the two-thirds majority decision, the standing-room-only crowd burst into cheers, applause, and embrace, chanting “Whose station? Our station” and shouting “We’re going home!” … “It’s been absolutely amazing”, Goodman says, “We’re once again on the road to democratization of our cherished network—the only independent network in the country”. (full text).
Her video: media wars, 3.04 min.
She says: … “I care deeply about what I cover. And I think we have a tremendous responsibility as journalists to expose what’s going on in the world. When you see suffering, you care. We never want to take that out of our work. Advocating for more voices to be heard? I plead guilty. Opening up the airwaves, joining people around the world in a global discussion about what should happen? I plead guilty. As for advocacy journalism, I think the corporate journalists are the best model of that. We know their points of view. We know how important they felt it was to invade Iraq. We knew what it felt like to be in a tank or helicopter and to ask the pilot or the soldier to show how the gun was shot or how the helicopter flew. We learned all that from them. We learned who they thought was important to interview, and who was silenced, and that was the majority of people. Those who are for peace are not a fringe minority. They are not a silent majority, but a silenced majority, silenced by the corporate media” … (full interview text).
Liste, watch TV or read transcript: Fmr. Military Intelligence Officer Reveals US Listed Palestine Hotel in Baghdad as Target Prior to Killing of Two Journalists in 2003, By Democracy Now, May 2008.
… Goodman talks with a reporter for the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel about his investigation into complicity of American and European companies in selling biological and chemical weapons supplies to the Iraqis in the 1980s. Another recent guest details an investigative report in British papers that found the United States was tapping the phones and reading the e-mails of United Nations Security Council members during the debate over Iraq. Last Thursday she interviewed two veteran war correspondents, Chris Hedges of the New York Times and Robert Fisk of the Independent in London, about the Pentagon’s censorship of reporters. “The press in the first Gulf War was completely managed,” said Hedges, who covered that event. “The coverage was absolutely shameful.” Fisk and Hedges often worked outside the Pentagon-approved press pools in that first war and suffered arrests and beatings for their trouble — from allied troops. “I was arrested by the Marines after I was betrayed by a CBS reporter who said I was not in the pool.” None of these stories and views have gotten much air time on the commercial or publicly funded airwaves. “There’s such an hunger out there for an alternative,” Goodman says. “It’s almost explosive” … (full text).
Amy Goodman Interviews John Gibler on Mexican Power hand over, December 4th, 2006.
… In The Exception to the Rulers, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, with the aid of her brother David, exposes the lies, corruption, and crimes of the power elite — an elite that is bolstered by large media conglomerates. Her goal is “to go where the silence is, to give voice to the silenced majority.” As Goodman travels around the country, she is fond of quoting Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This book informs and empowers people to act on that principle … (full text).
Evo Morales under attack in Bolivia: President’s constitution on hold while opponents encourage departments [provinces] to secede, May 13, 2008.
Goodman siblings hold power’s feet to the fire, May 07, 2008.
Her column: The US war on journalists;
The Iraq War;