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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401309143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401309145
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her author brother, David Goodman, follow up their bestseller The Exception to the Rulers by again synthesizing radio interviews and commentary with secondary sources on charged issues that the corporate media too often overlook. "The Bush administration is obsessed with controlling the flow of information," the authors declare, citing examples from Iraq to Katrina. One glaring hypocrisy is the president's claim that "we do not render to countries that torture"; the authors find mounds of evidence to the contrary. They also remind us of the unseemly ties between Republican Party supporters and Pentagon contracts in Iraq. In one hilarious episode—lightly reported in the U.S. media—a British activist group, the Yes Men, hoaxed the BBC regarding Dow Chemical's apparent willingness to apologize for the Bhopal disaster. On Goodman's show, a former U.S. Army interrogator acknowledged that 98% of those picked up in Iraq "had not done anything." A brief final section highlights those who fight back, including antiwar mom Cindy Sheehan, and a former British ambassador in Uzbekistan who blew the whistle on that regime's human rights abuses. The book should be popular with fans of the show. (Sept. 5)
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"Amy Goodman has taken investigative journalism to new heights of exciting, informative, and probinganalysis." -- Noam Chomsky

"Amy Goodman has taken investigative journalism to new heights." -- Noam Chomsky

"Amy Goodman is not afraid to speak truth to power. She does it every day." -- Susan Sarandon

"Pick up this book . . . and go raise some hell!" -- Michael Moore on The Exception to the Rulers

"This book puts the pedal to the metal of lies we're told, day in and day out . . . Pick up this book, shake your head in disbelief, and go raise some hell!" -- Michael Moore on The Exception to the Rules

"What journalism should be: beholden to the interests of people, not power and profit. Her work is invaluable." -- Arundhati Roy on The Exception to the Rules --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is enlightening.
Busy Mom
Should be read by all freedom-loving Americans to help them to understand why a free and independent media is essential to our democracy.
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So, hooray for Amy and David Goodman!
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Steve Koss VINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the proverbial lone voice in the wilderness, Amy Goodman's is sounded every day on Democracy Now! with a partner, Juan Gonzalez. Even in New York City, Ms. Goodman and Mr. Gonzalez are hardly able to raise their voices above the media trash heap filled by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Fox News, the increasingly sensationalist CNN (whose kidnapped baby can we bloviate about today?), the disappointingly ineffectual New York Times, the superficial Brian Williams, and everybody's oh-so-cute CBS newcomer, Sally Fields (You like me! You really like me!). Oops, make that last one was Katie Couric. Democracy Now! languishes in NYC, nearly invisible on public access cable every morning at 8:00.

As they did with their last book, THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULERS, Amy and her brother David have once again provided "the other side of the story" on numerous topics. Their basic premise in STATIC is that the mainstream media have failed miserably in their primary duty - to inform the public while serving as a check against government overreach. Important stories are missed because the media has too often parroted the official government line; in other instances, stories are underreported or simply ignored.

Do you know the story of the shameful rendition by the U.S. government of Canadian citizen Maher Arar to Syra for torturing? Or that of FBI spying on Sarah Bardwell of the American Friends Service Center in Denver? How about those of Karen Ryan, Jennifer Morrow, Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and James Guckert - all pseudo-independent journalists paid by Bush II to churn out propagandistic pseudo-news reports? Or Ken Tomlinson's shameless attempt under Bush II's behest at a right wing coup of PBS? Or the American government's appalling record of democracy subversion in Haiti?
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kramer on September 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recently shared a day with fellow progressives at The Fighting Bob Fest in

Baraboo, Wisconsin and one of the speaker was Amy Goodman. I was delighted

to discover she and David had written this book. Sometimes I find it hard

to listen to "Democracy Now" daily because often the truth is hard to hear.

The beauty of this book is there are two sections. The first lays out the

lies and destructive policies of the government and the inbededness of most

of the media and the loss of truth telling. The second section tells the

stories of those who are standing up and saying no and are the "voices of

hope and reistance". It would be hard to read this book and not be

committed to join those voices.

Amy and David quote Alice Walker.

"I asked Alice Walker what good is the antiwar movement if it has

failed to stop war?"

"Sometimes you can't see tangible results," she explained.

"You cannot see the changes that you're dreaming about, because

they're internal. And a lot of it has to do with the ability

to express yourself, your own individual dream and your own

individual road in life. And so we may never stop war. It

isn't likely that we will, actually. But what we're doing as

we try to stop war externally, what we're trying to do is stop

it in ourselves. That's where war has to end. And until we

can control our own violence, our own anger, our own hostility,

our own meanness, our own greed, it's going to be so, so so

hard to do anything out there.

So I think of any movement for peace and justice as something

that is about stabilizing our inner spriit so that we can go on

and bring into the world a vision that is much more humane than

the one that we have dominant today."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on March 15, 2007
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I happened to find this book while searching for another title here at Amazon ~~ it came as a suggested buy and I ditched the first title in favor of this one ~~ and I haven't regretted the decision since. Once I picked up this book, I wasn't able to put it down. It is disturbing and equally disquieting. I cannot believe there aren't more people talking about this book or Democracy Now!

This book covers the lack of media reportage of human rights violations across the world. That alone is disturbing. But what makes me even more nervous is that the violations are also being supported by the current administration that we have now. They are the most secretive administration ever in the US history and no wonder, after reading this book, are they so secretive. And the media goes right along with them in covering up their crimes. As a former news designer for a very tiny newspaper (remind you!), I have seen what happened when big corporations get in the way of decision-making of what goes in the newspaper on a daily basis, so it wasn't surprising to read of it here. What is more surprising are the news that just aren't being reported.
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