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Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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."
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As someone who worked with and for the men and women of the U.S. Intelligence Community for over thirty years, I can say with absolute certainty that a significant portion of this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. S. MCBRIDE
This should be read by every citizen to know what our government has done in our name. It is very well researched and written. Be prepared to be sickened by it.Published 16 months ago by Shelb
This is a great bit of insight. Someone needs to go to jail forever, and have their war based wealth stripped!Published on August 2, 2014 by Jim Meyers
great read and well written book however I just wish Amy would open up to her involvement with 9/11
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well researched with excellent insights into the power and manipulation of American media to control the thought processes of the American publicPublished on December 29, 2012 by Ron Lombard
The Goodman's have gathered a lot of very disturbing information about the Bush/Cheney administration and they never had to resort to Extraordinary rendition to get the facts. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by The good doctor
Got here promptly, was in excellent condition, and an AMAZING book overall. I couldn't believe all of the things that were going on in our government that the book discusses. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by B
If you're interested in reading about the mainstream media's heinous lies, deceit, moral turpitude and shot journalism then Amy Goodman's "Static" is a must read. Read morePublished on October 28, 2010 by BlackJack21
Static is an insightful and thought-provoking book that goes beyond the "gotcha" and talks about what we as a people have lost in the spin. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Lora Saltarelli