Independent Media in a Time of War
Millions of people are taking to the streets around the world to say no to war. Half a million recently protested in New York City alone. But who are these people? Debate in the mainstream media often reduces them to Saddam-lovers, anti-American extremists and terrorist-sympathizers. Yet if you actually go out into the streets you see ragin’ grannies, gospel singers, punk rock kids, businessmen, students, veterans, radical fairies, families with kids, and of course, hippies and anarchists. While condemning Saddam, they also reject the mentality that “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists.” They are rising up and saying no to this war, not in our name. These are the people which independent media gives a voice.
Amy Goodman is the award-winning host of Democracy Now the daily syndicated radio and TV program. Howard Zinn says, “Amy Goodman has carried the great muckraking tradition of Upton Sinclair, George Seldes, and I.F. Stone into the electronic age, creating a powerful counter to the mainstream media.” She’s the author of The Exception to the Rulers and Breaking the Sound Barrier.