Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 700 TV and radio stations in North America. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's Meet the Press. With her brother, journalist David Goodman, she is the author of Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008), Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004). She also writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting. Goodman is the winner of the 2007 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement for a Public Broadcasting Host, from American Women in Radio and Television, and is a 2007 honoree with the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio's She Made It Collection, which "Ccelebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters, and executives." She was the 2006 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Daily reporting from Nigeria and East Timor has earned her the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored.
Amy Goodman: Well, first of all, it would be for every citizen and non citizen, or let’s just say, citizen of the world. It’s not so much what I tell people to ask. It’s people listening to each other. People respecting each other. Providing a forum for people to speak to each other that, in this day and age, the media is the most powerful institution. It’s all [of ours]. We have to demand of the corporate media that they open up. You know, these networks are using public property.
They are using the public air waves. They are using our property, the place where we determine the future of the earth. Everyone gets a say in that, and if they don’t allow that global discussion, they should have their licenses revoked. This is not private property. This is not just their domain, to have a conversation that will determine who lives and who dies. And it’s very important that people understand that the media is all of ours, and that each person has a say and should have a say in what is being projected back to us and to the rest of the world.
Recorded on: August 11, 2008