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Amy Goodman Continues To Sell-Out Anti-War Movement

Misdirection And Avoids Answering Essential Questions
Last night Amy Goodman came to Baltimore. It was a sell-out, about 500 anti-war activists in a church. I passed out this flyer as people arrived:

 http://baltimore.indymedia.org/usermedia/application/13/Amy_Goodman_flyer_06.10.04.pdf

About a dozen people wouldn't even take it. I knew many of the people in the crowd. Some of my anti-war activist comrades wouldn't look at me, or they'd shake their heads in disbelief at my new direction in life.

Amy got tremendous ovations throughout the evening. It started with a video where Amy cuts between Amy giving a talk and CNN/Fox newscasts. It was a good critique of the mainstream media and lasted about 25 minutes. Then Amy spoke. I thought it was a boiler plate speech. She did a really good job of critiquing what's wrong with the corporate media. She mentioned some of the nastier things that John Ashcroft is doing. Towards the end she went for obvious applause lines. She said that she believed Osama bin Laden should be tried for 911. (Applause.) Then Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. Then George Bush. (Big applause.)

She concluded her talk by describing in detail the Santa Cruz massacre in East Timor in 1991. This is the story that makes Amy a legend among so many; she barely survived it. Then she tells people to buy multiple copies of her book because it would send a message to book publishers to publish this kind of material. She gets a standing ovation.

The talk is over and there's a huge rush to buy a book. I wait around for the opportunity to interview her. For the next three hours I wait. She probably sells more than a 100 books. (This is a 70-city tour. Not a bad income stream.)

Around midnight Amy is clearly exhausted. So am I. (I've been telling everyone who asked me for my views that she's betraying the anti-war movement.) A videorecorder is set up. Two other local journalists sit in their chairs and ask her questions. Then I tell her something along the lines of:

"...lately I've been a critic of Democracy Now. In your speech you said OBL should be tried for 911. Can you tell us your reason for thinking he was responsible?"

She cleverly parries this by saying: "I said he should be tried. That doesn't mean I said he was guilty."

Amy: 1. Me: 0.

Then I ask her:

"...a lot of us are disappointed in the treatment given to David Griffin on your show. Meanwhile, FEMA produced a report that discusses the collapses of the Twin Towers. I've read it twice. It never explains conclusively why WTC 7 collapsed. When will Democracy Now demand that the government produce a structural engineer to explain why WTC 7 collapsed, using the same standard you applied to David Griffin?"

She smiled a bit and then said that her program was still looking into the situation. Then an assistant firmly announced "that's a rap!" There would be no more questions.

It is very clear to me that she's selling the anti-war movement out. However, judging by last night, where even people who would listen to me still bought multiple copies of her book, I have to conclude that this crowd likes being fooled. (I want to believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy again myself.)

There's a lot of money to be made leading the lemmings to the edge of the cliff.

Scott

What? 14.Jun.2004 12:36

Bakunin

How in the hell is this selling us out? You don't provide any solid evidence.

This stinks! 14.Jun.2004 12:43

fds

This guy is either a govt. stooge or a psychopath with a vengeance - either way a sicko who should be kicked out of indymedia by popular demand.

Way to go Scott!!! 14.Jun.2004 13:15

Bushwhacked

Good catch on the Griffin interview! He was supposed to appear alone, then they inexplicably reschedule him, bring in Chip Berlet to debunk him and Amy sets him up at the very end of the show. Clever, Amy, but not clever enough! Hundreds, if not thousands of people know exactly what happened and understand the Ford Foundation connexion.
No more Goodman for me.
Scott - you should check out  http://semtembereleventh.org and the forum there. Send Amy a 'Colin Powell Palm Tree Award'!

How Amy is selling us out 14.Jun.2004 13:44

Richard Oxman

Amy The Star's stint in East Timor with Allan Nairn (with whom she risked her life for reportage in 1991) notwithstanding, the anchor for what some have called "Celebrity Sell Out of the Month" must be held accountable for both sins of commission and omission. Ditto regarding her brave foray with Jeremy Scahill to Nigeria in 1998. Neither the investigation into Chevron's murderous practices along the Niger Delta, nor the blood spilled in surviving the Santa Cruz Massacre obviate the need to address what she's doing today.

To play off of the title from Mickey Z's new release, Seven Deadly Spins, below are a handful-plus-two twists on what's wrong with Democracy Now!'s darling:

1. Her "advocacy journalism" is too wedded to the most conservative elements of The Nation magazine. She serves as a spokesperson for Anybody-But-Bush-ers. When all is said and done, repeated footage of people like Kerry, Edwards and Clarke on the campaign trail often without negative commentary simply reinforces the notion that the starting point for activism should be the electoral process practiced in traditional fashion. Clips of Bush and his coterie are often as hard to explain as they are to digest.

2. Her "radical" steps lead her audience to nothing further than a UFP&J march; you'll be hard put to find the influence of the Zionist lobby one of the most monumental driving forces in our foreign policy today in Democracy Now!'s archives. Reverend Jesse Jackson's missions designed to appease Zionists who control the American media and to serve the imperialistic interests of the U.S. government are given a free ride. Violence in Seattle, say, was treated in terms of police brutality. Activist violence is played down as unrepresentative, unnecessary and/or unapproved of by the vast majority on the Left.

3. Her guests are much more likely to include the voices of the most palatable personalities on the Left such as Michael Parenti and Noam Chomsky than the likes of, say, Ward Churchill or Winona LaDuke. The last time she had WC on was October 14, 2002, and when she has had people like him on it's usually for token appearances in the name of such events as Columbus Day or "a revival of Cointelpro" by the Bush administration. As Winona LaDuke told her on one segment, "we don't need a Native American Week" or a day set aside in October for recognition. Just so.

4. She's a bit of a starstruck, celebrity groupie at times. To permit Tim Robbins to pontificate about his righteousness regarding Iraq, but not call him on the statement that he was "all for the invasion of Afghanistan" is tantamount to allowing the mounting of the next U.S. invasion to take place with one's blessings.

5. There's much talk of her betraying many in The Movement such as former colleagues at Pacifica, and she's failed to honor a number of commitments to others on The Left. February 15, 2003 she enlisted many community activists for advance work respecting the NYC peace demonstration, promising full credit and broadcast opportunities which never materialized, to say the very least. Since first being informed that she has a running reputation for stealing others' scoops, my investigation has revealed her, by some, to be career-driven, power hungry and a somewhat of a control freak. Witness the lack of spotlight provided for others, shared with others on DNow!. There's been one for Juan, of course, but that can be looked at as quite obligatory at base. To quote one of the contacts I truly trust: Her "only evident abiding commitment is to self-promotion, and maybe a faction of the Democratic party, equally disastrous for journalism."

6. Her weakness on segments devoted to the plight of the Palestinians is a huge problem, the April 25 and November 25, 2003 segments notwithstanding. If one discounts the pluses related to the show's "headlines" this year, things are pretty pathetic as per Henry Norr's observations:

"If you were to count only the pieces that dealt with the situation on the ground in Palestine,...on that score I have to say the coverage has been pretty pathetic. One thing that particularly strikes me: it doesn't appear that she's ever had even one segment that goes into depth about what the apartheid wall is doing to the Palestinians, nor much about the growing grassroots resistance to it (not counting a couple of pieces about arrests, shootings, etc.) Another observation: aside from Edward Said and Mustafa Barghouti (twice in the 15 months), she's had only a few Palestinians speaking for themselves."

Aftim Saba wrote: "I listen to democracy now on a regular basis, and it has been clear that even NPR has more stories on Israel and Palestine than Democracy Now!. It appears that Amy Goodman studiously avoids discussing Israel, the occupation, the apartheid wall or even Israel's role in the mess we see the US is in the Middle East."

7. She's lost* Jeffrey Blankfort; check out the various points that JB touches upon below in a recent email to me.

Aside from the Palestinian issue, one of my criticisms of her is that since she has made DN a TV show, she has tended to have more mainstream known figures on the air than before and she seems to mention their names with a reverence I find disturbing. Also, she, like Chomsky, Bensky and others have been accused of being gatekeepers on the left when it comes to airing alternative narratives concerning 9-11. (I think I heard Bensky refer to the head of the 9-11 commission as "the honorable Thomas Kean."). Re the lobby issue ... I think this is one of the most underreported stories that goes along with the fact that most corporations don't pay any taxes. One would think that the takeover of the Democratic Party by the lobby might be something that people could get their balls in an uproar about, to use an expression from my childhood, as in "Don't get your balls....."

*Did she ever have him? JB, host of a radio program on KZYX and KPOO in Mendocino County, Northern California, notes: "I have given up waiting to hear the kind of reporting and analysis regarding Occupied Palestine on DN! that we hear regarding other struggles and issues, and this is due no doubt to the fact that, like other sectors of the US media of which DN! is a part, there is an effort not to offend those who pays the bill."

The enema that is this article did not come about as a function of a) envy, b) lack of appreciation of Amy's good points and/or c) lack of awareness of how difficult and complex her life/work are at this juncture. I am fully aware of the service she provides...and for whom.

 http://www.pressaction.com/news/weblog/full_article/oxman04162004/

I'm with Scott 14.Jun.2004 13:47

PHH

9-11 was a false flag operation. The country needs to wake up before we have another one. I do not listen to DN anymore.

Keep in mind! 14.Jun.2004 14:13

Bird dog

Government trolls are watching this site 24-7.

And also posting.

With this knowledge one could say, go figure!

I will still watch democracy now and link-TV.

 http://democracynow.org/
 http://www.linktv.com/
 http://www.airamericaradio.com/pub/globalDefault.htm

Amy Goodman, Left Gatekeeper 14.Jun.2004 14:35

Scott Loughrey

Amy Goodman should be regarded as a Left Gatekeeper. Left Gatekeepers, like the journalists in George Orwell's 1984, function to promote the official propaganda of the state. They amplify what is not credible while excluding other voices from challenging the government's lies of the day.

Amy Goodman used to be a hero of mine. She was particularly heroic in the 1991 massacre by Indonesian military forces in a Santa Cruz, East Timor graveyard. Her deeds there (along with journalist Alan Nairn's) are the kinds of events that people would get medals for by the President in a sane world.

However, since 9/11/01 Amy Goodman (and her internet/radio program Democracy Now!) has achieved enormous popularity while continuing to fail to challenge the Bush regime where doing so is most needed. In particular, whenever the topic of terrorism on US soil is brought up on her program she can be counted upon to repeat government propaganda.

Democracy Now!'s contribution to the global struggle to remove the neoconservatives from power in the US is undermined each day that passes that Amy Goodman fails to invite on her show an articulate critic of the official story of 9/11/01. In addition, what little that has been said on DN! about 9-11 should be regarded as disinformation which is completely at the service of the Bush regime.

What many of her critics want from Amy Goodman is for DN! to speak truth to power on the most important issue of our time. We all know from her past that when she speaks truth to power she can move mountains. Many of us also believe that we're running out of time waiting for her to get moving.

September 11th isn't an issue like any other. It is the catalyst for the Bush regime's dramatic expansion of US imperialism and very open foundations for a police state. Activists who are interested in removing the harm done by the Bush regime since 9/11/01 should focus on conveying the scientific anomalies with the official story of that day. To do otherwise is to fight a losing battle.

 http://www.media-criticism.com/Amy_Goodman_03_2004.html

Amy Goodman is a Demopublican shill 14.Jun.2004 15:24

Dire Wolf

The only movement Amy Goodman is moving, is that of the new world order! This sellout bitch is just that "a sell out bitch". She is for then UN government and World court, she is for gun control. For christ's sake we all have enough evidence to put the entire Bush admin in prison for life but none of us have a freekin TV show reaching millions because the MAN owns the air wave's and here is your savior Amy Goodman selling you out, not saying or allowed to be said any truth about 9/11! This is how all of this shit started!!! Bust these fookers and be done with it!! Right or Left they have the same agenda. cya in the FEMA camp, oop's I ment happy clown fun center.

Best documentation on LEFT GATEKEEPER Amy ever! 14.Jun.2004 18:52

got her!

quoting a PURE example of how GATEKEEPING WORKS BOYS AND GIRLS:

"...a lot of us are disappointed in the treatment given to David Griffin on your show. Meanwhile, FEMA produced a report that discusses the collapses of the Twin Towers. I've read it twice. It never explains conclusively why WTC 7 collapsed. When will Democracy Now demand that the government produce a structural engineer to explain why WTC 7 collapsed, using the same standard you applied to David Griffin?"

She smiled a bit and then said that her program was still looking into the situation. Then an assistant firmly announced "that's a rap!" There would be no more questions.





Thanks for your activism on pinning Amy to the wall on this. She deserves it. And she deserved to be embarrassed for it publicly like you did. There are things I like about Amy, and then there are things I dislike. Her total pro-CIA attitude toward 9-11 is hideous.



Find Amy in this graph of left gatekeepers:

For every censorship there should be new media 14.Jun.2004 22:25

Migratory Bird

Start Pirate Radio! Seriously, if you complain against Amy Goodman then start a pirate radio show. Make an alternative. Buttttttt, unless you choose to be the alternative then you are only a form of censorship. Seriously.


Amy's team is so fuckingf raddddddddd! I want to kiss their ears and have them whisper their stories into my ears. I mean I only feel the tenderist of expressions for them and the work they do. Is Amy infalliable? Am I? Of course, but I nor Amy am dogshit!

I challenge every person who complained about Amy to become more active. Start your own radio show, listen to other raio shows. Become the media!!!! Rise up!

Amy Goodman: Only Human 15.Jun.2004 10:44

not a pundit

Hey, Here's the thing. Amy Goodman has her faults. I didn't like the impersonal, money-grubbing manner in which she peddaled her book here in PDX for sure. And I agree that she certainly midhandled the Griffin interview, as well as the 911 story in general. Yes, these are her faults, and she should be called on them.

But she also rocks. She did, indeed, risk her life to go "where the silence is," as she says. Many of us never would have heard of the US sponsored brutality in East Timor if not for her. There are lots of unbelievably important stories that might never have gotten out if not for her and for Democracy Now.

No one is perfect. We would do well to remember that, and to support each other when necessary, and call each other to account when necessary without tearing each other apart.

I trust Amy to have my back, even if I don't see her in a starry-eyed stupor. I applaud people's effort to take her to task for the Griffin interview, but I do not agree with the attempt to discredit her completely. Focus on the act, not the actor, who has proved herself through actions far more radical than most of us has ever accomplished. Solidarity means more than just a slogan. It means standing together, accepting each other as we are, suppporting each other as human beings. Yes, it's cool to point out errors (eg Griffin interview; relationship with the nation), but no, it's not cool to call for a bloodletting on one of our own just because they're human and not superhuman.