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From Publishers Weekly
Journalist and radio host Goodman brings her
hard-hitting, no-holds-barred brand of reporting to an array of human
rights, government accountability and media responsibility issues, and the
result is bracing and timely. Goodman isn't about to let anyone slide by
with easy explanations, not even then President Clinton when he called in on
her daily Pacifica news show. And she is fierce and tireless in her
commitment to dig behind official versions of the facts to get to very
different stories. Her analysis of Iraq War contracts won by certain key
Bush campaign donors will open many eyes, not only with its neat comparison
of donation amount with contract value but also with its bold presentation
of "Crony Connections." A gadfly's life in these turbulent times is neither
restful nor boring, and Goodman's perspective on events like genocidal
massacres in East Timor and mainstream coverage of the Jessica Lynch rescue
is both important and alarming. Instances in which newspapers like the
New York Times and the Washington Post have published stories
based on leaked reports from unnamed government sources only to have to
retract the stories later as being unfounded allow Goodman to argue that
sophisticated news management techniques of spin, disinformation and
controlled access to sources are undermining the reliability of media
reporting. How, she asks, could journalists "embedded" with U.S. troops in
Iraq be objective reporters of all that was occurring there, and whose
interests were being served? These and other provocative questions power
Goodman's stirring call for a democratic media serving a democratic society.
"What journalism should be: beholden to the
interests of people, not power and profit."
- Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things
"At times when people are told to 'watch what
they say,' Amy Goodman is not afraid to speak truth to power. She does it
- Susan Sarandon, actress
"[Carries] the great muckraking tradition of Upton
Sinclair, George Seldes, and I.F. Stone into the electronic age."
- Howard Zinn, historian and author, A People’s
History of the United States
About Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica
Radio’s New York Station, WBAI. She produced WBAI’s Evening News for 10
years. In 1990 and 1991, Amy traveled to East Timor to report on the
US-backed Indonesian occupation of East Timor. There, she and colleague
Allan Nairn witnessed Indonesian soldiers gun down 270 East Timorese.
Indonesian soldiers beat Amy and Allan, fracturing Allan’s skull. Their
documentary, "Massacre: The Story of East Timor" won numerous awards,
including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the
Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Armstrong Award, the
Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from the
Associated Press, United Press International, and the Corporation for
In 1996, Amy helped launch Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!. Two years
later, Amy and producer Jeremy Scahill went to Nigeria. Their radio
documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship"
exposed Chevron’s role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers in the
Niger Delta, who were protesting yet another oil spill in their community.
That documentary won the George Polk Award, the Golden Reel for Best
National Documentary from the National Federation of Community
Broadcasters, and a Project Censored award. In 1999, Amy Goodman traveled
to Peru to interview American political prisoner Lori Berenson. It was the
first time a journalist had ever gotten into the prison to speak to her.
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