She gets up every morning of every day — long before the rest of us! — to be the only daily voice of truth on the radio in the United States of America. How sad that I even have to write those words! A nation of 300 million, a written guarantee of a free press, and no one will do the job that Amy Goodman does so simply, so profoundly.
- Michael Moore
and democratic activist
Amy Goodman hosts Democracy Now!
, a independant
news show broadcast on Pacifica
radio and also carried on public access television
Her work in radio journalism has received much critical acclaim
, but has been criticized a great deal as well. Some of her foes include Bill Clinton
, who referred to her interviewing style as "hostile
, and even disrespectful
"; an executive at Pacifica radio that reportedly tried to stop Goodman from producing new shows in 2001; the Indonesian miliary, who called her a "threat to Indonesia
's national security" in 1991 when she covered the country's invasion of East Timor
; and most any person or organization that she views as having trampled on democracy or interfered with the freedom of the press
Goodman's journalistic mission is to "free the media" and provide alternative viewpoints to those found in corporate
news outlets. She's taken a bold, and arguably necessary stance, which centers around the idea that the media should not function solely as a tool for the powerful. Instead, she advocates for a kind of "Don't hate the media, become the media
" answer to the corporate control of journalism: a trickle-up media that reflects the struggles of individual people in their communities.
In April 2004 she released a book called "The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them" which made bestseller lists across the country, including in the New York Times
, the Los Angeles Times
, and on Amazon