a timeline of Amy Goodman's not-so-good coverage:
JFK coup, 9/11 complicity, Peak Oil
A lot of what is on Democracy Now is good, but it's not enough to say that war is bad --it is much more important to say how people get tricked into supporting war, assuming that one wants an end to war.
90% of Democracy Now is good, but the 10% they avoid is the most important part.
on this page:
- DN!'s Ford Foundation grants
- Democracy Now! timeline
- not interested in 9/11 war games
- Amy Goodman at one of the best 9/11 truth events (without the hoaxes), 911/2003
- DN! avoids best evidence, highlights hoaxes
- hoaxers attack DN! which further alienates the show
- DN! avoids Peak Oil
- 911/2006 fake debate: Popular Mechanics (Hearst) vs. Loose Change (disinformation)
- DN!'s reward?: Hearst Corporation distributes Amy Goodman's newspaper column
|Ford Foundation funds Democracy Now!|
2002 Ford Foundation grant of $75,000 to Democracy Now
for the purpose of "incorporating the aftermath of the September 11th attacks into future broadcasts."
(note: these links don't work any more, but the grants were made)
[this grant wasn't enough to actually invite a guest onto the show who disagreed with the official story that 9/11 was a surprise attack]
2004 Ford Foundation grant of $150,000 to Democracy Now.
Why does the Ford Foundation - a pillar of the establishment invested in many of the corporations that Democracy Now claims to oppose - fund Democracy Now?
|November 2002 - not interested in war games|
In November, 2002, Amy Goodman spoke at a peace conference at the University of Oregon. After her speech, I asked her after the event if she would help investigate the recently disclosed story of how the CIA and National Reconnaissance Office were conducting a "plane into building" drill at the same time as the 9/11 "attacks." She would not reply, and looked at me in apparent fear. It was a particularly strange response considering she had just spoken eloquently about her tremendous courage in reporting on the massacre in East Timor.
The issue of the 9/11 war games on 9/11 has not ever been mentioned on Democracy Now -- and it is likely that if they were, DN would run the risk of losing their foundation funding, which would force them to lay off much of their staff.
Amy Goodman's passport saved her life in East Timor -- the Indonesian military death squads who massacred hundreds of civilians decided that it would be too much trouble if they killed two American journalists (she was travelling with Allen Nairn, who was beaten but not killed). But an American passport could not save any of the civilians caught in the inferno at the World Trade Center nor protect any of the people unfortunate enough to be on the doomed planes. This makes 9/11 a scarier issue than solidarity with oppressed "Third World" people from a relatively comfortable white, middle class, north American vantage point.
|September 11, 2003 - Amy Goodman attends presentation by Mike Ruppert, Cynthia McKinney, John Judge, Ray McGovern and others|
NOT ONE NIGHT'S SLEEP
9/11 Second-Anniversary Events in Germany and New York City Reveal Growing Strength, Credibility of Movement
Many Government Critics Take Center Stage
Is McKinney Running Again?
by Michael C. Ruppert
An article about an incredible event at Riverside Church in New York City on September 11, 2003. Amy Goodman reportedly attended (in the audience), was recognized from the stage (and received tremendous applause) but did not speak there.
Failure and Crime Are Not the Same:
9/11's Limited Hangouts
by Jamey Hecht, PhD
.... McGovern has been generous with his political capital on more recent occasions; he spoke at the 9/11/03 second anniversary events in New York, and though he concentrated his fire on the Neocons' Iraq fiasco, the event at which he spoke (the panel, the agenda, the literature in the lobby, the subjects of the other talks, even the date of the event) was entirely focused on 9/11. Even if Mr. McGovern had adjusted his tie and quietly recited the alphabet, there would still be heavy symbolism in the sight of an ex-CIA analyst seated on a dias with Mike Ruppert, John Judge, Kyle Hence, and Cynthia McKinney. The sight of McGovern on the stage was more significant than anything he was at liberty to say.
|May 2004 - it is "good" that Crossing the Rubicon will be published|
When Amy Goodman was in Eugene, Oregon on May 8, 2004, I asked her why she thought the liberal alternative media has ignored and censored evidence of Bush's complicity in 9/11. She replied that she had no opinion and asked me for my opinion. I replied that I thought it was a combination of fear and foundation funding controlling certain publications (ie. The Nation). She didn't have a direct response to this, but she said that she was reading David Ray Griffin's book The New Pearl Harbor and promised activists in Seattle that she (finally) would invite him on her show. I informed her that Michael Ruppert's book will be published soon, and her response was "good." Unfortunately, her May 27 interview of Griffin was not-so-good -- perhaps one could use the Newspeak term (from the novel "1984") "double plus ungood" to describe her show's hatchet job masquerading as an interview.
|May 2004 - Ellen Mariani, David Ray Griffin and Chip Berlet invited onto Democracy Now!|
Until May 2004, Democracy Now did not have any guests who dissented from the official story that 9/11 was the result of "incompetence" by the Bush regime, and studiously avoided any discussion of the most basic evidence of official foreknowledge and complicity. This track record was changed with DN's interviews of 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani (who turned down a million dollar hush money payment from the federal government in order to file a RICO lawsuit against the Bush regime) and David Ray Griffin, the author of "The New Pearl Harbor."
Mariani's activism was described by the show's website as a concern about the "intelligence failure" of the Bush regime. While the full truth of 9/11 will probably never be known, it is already proven beyond reasonable doubt that the kindest interpretation is that the Bush regime knew about 9/11 in advance and deliberately let it happen, just like President Roosevelt knew the Japanese were about to attack Pearl Harbor and chose to allow those attacks to occur in order to galvanize a divided nation to support world war. (FDR did not need to give technical assistance to the Japanese to make sure the attacks succeeded - they were able to find Pearl Harbor on their own. However, the top military echelons kept the Army and Navy commanders in Hawaii "out of the loop" of the intercepted / decrypted Japanese communications that revealed that the "surprise attack" was about to take place, thus ensuring that the "Day of Infamy" would be allowed to take place unhindered.) The only "intelligence failure" of 9/11 was among the American public and media that refuses to connect the dots of the evidence of complicity.
DN's May 26 interview of David Ray Griffin was more disturbing than mischaracterizing Ellen Mariani's quest for truth and justice. Griffin appeared on the show after a several months long campaign by the National 9/11 Visibility Project (www.911visibility.org) called "Waking Amy," an internet based effort to encourage DN to put Griffin on their show. When DN finally scheduled Griffin, he was going to be on the show along with Mariani - which would have been a very powerful interview. However, at the last minute, DN separated the two, and put Griffin on the air a few days later.
Griffin was placed on the show along with long-time anti-conspiracist "Chip" Berlet, whose group Political Research Associates is an alleged left wing organization that is funded, in part, by the right wing Ford Foundation. (Why does this "philanthropic" organization with ties to the CIA fund a group that professes leftist politics? Does the Ford Foundation want more social justice and economic equality, or an opposition movement that is less effective?)
Berlet is not an expert on the evidence of 9/11, yet was invited onto DN to appear with Griffin (instead of 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani). Berlet's previous comments on the evidence of official complicity have been primarily ideological objections, his writings show no familiarity with even the most basic evidence that debunks the official "surprise attack" paradigm and the "incompetence" explanation.
The transcript of the Griffin / Berlet show is at www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/26/150221
Griffin started his presentation with the numerous prior warnings of 9/11, the insider trading on United and American in the days before the "attacks," the obstructions of investigations within the FBI, the failure of the Air Force to scramble interceptors in a timely manner, the involvement of Pakistan in funding the alleged hijackers, among other anomalies. Berlet ignored nearly everything in Griffin's book and opening statements, and focused instead the flase "no plane hit the Pentagon" hoax (evidence that the hoax was intended to give defenders of the official story a straw man option to ignore the real evidence).
Berlet even claimed that there wasn't any intentional problem with the
Air Force response to the multiple hijackings, arguing that Andrews Air
Force Base (about 10 miles from the Pentagon) did not have scramble ready
planes, even though the Andrews website claimed that they did before 9/11.
But even if Berlet is right about Andrews, the planes that were eventually
scrambled that morning to protect the capital were from the Norfolk, Virginia
area, only a little more than 100 miles away (and only a few minutes travel
by F-15 and F-16). Berlet threw in some ridiculous comments about how
supersonic planes cannot instantly get up to full speed to distract the
listeners from thinking about the implications of the Air Force stand
down. Berlet even ignored Griffin's response to Berlet's deconstruction
of "The New Pearl Harbor" on Berlet's website, where Griffin
noted that "Berlet ignores the fact that I had quoted the US Air
Force’s own website, according to which an F-15 routinely “goes
from ‘scramble order’ to 29,000 feet in only 2.5 minutes”
|Hoaxers attack Democracy Now! after Griffin - Berlet debate|
Amy Goodman's mistreatment of David Ray Griffin was also criticized in an article posted to various internet discussion sites by five members on the fringe of the 9/11 movement. This article, titled Amy Goodman and the CIA, was a mix of excellent analysis and unsubstantiated ranting. These five include some of the least careful "researchers" on the outskirts of the 9/11 movement, including the notorious "webfairy," who promotes absurdity that there weren't any planes used to attack the World Trade Center. A fringe article from people promoting obvious hoaxes about 9/11 complicity accusing Amy Goodman of working for the CIA was effective in ensuring that Democracy Now! would not be interested in any follow-up coverage of these issues.
In December 2006, the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth - a group promoting most of the worst 9/11 hoaxes - published a death threat against Amy Goodman on the MUJCA website. This outrageous hate speech ensures that Democracy Now! will never, ever cover the best evidence that 9/11 was allowed and assisted by the administration. If it's not an example of COINTELPRO then it is merely insane.
9/11 Five Years Later: What Have We Accomplished?
An Assessment of the 9/11 Truth Movement
By Emanuel Sferios
Monday, Sep 11, 2006
Five years ago--on my birthday--the shadow government of the United States murdered over 3,000 of its own citizens (and hundreds of others) in a "false flag" operation designed to galvanize public support behind a war for control of the world's last remaining energy reserves. Many of us quickly saw through the "big lie" of 9/11 and began a movement to expose it, to reveal the truth, in the hopes that this would bring an end to the War on Terror, a war destined--if it continues--to turn nuclear.
And now, five years later, what have we accomplished?
In short, everything and nothing. We began this movement to convince the American public and the world that the official story of 9/11 was a lie, and that ruling factions within our own government were the real perpetrators. This we accomplished. Opinion polls conducted over the last two years show that the majority of Americans believe the US government was complicit. We bombarded every mainstream and alternative medium available with information, from Air America to internet blogs. We handed out leaflets in cities and towns across the country, held signs on street corners, wrote letters to everyone we could think of. And you know what? It worked. Today it is rare that I talk to a person who doesn't believe the US government was involved in the attacks in some way. Compared to just two years ago, when people would look at us like we were crazy for suggesting such a thing, this is an amazing success.
Or so it seems. For at the same time, not a single perpetrator of 9/11 has been prosecuted, and the War on Terror continues unabated, as does the endless stream of lies and propaganda designed to keep us fearful and compliant. Why this discrepancy? What accounts for the 9/11 Truth Movement's seeming victory in shattering the American public's blind acceptance of the official story, and the stark reality that nothing has changed politically? In other words, why, in the midst of total success, have we failed?
This is the question I have been asking myself over the last few years. As co-founder of the first national activist organization for 9/11 truth, the 9/11 Visibility Project, I devoted two full years of my life to building this movement. And to see it grow from a handful of struggling yet dedicated individuals into the enormous yet ultimately ineffective movement it is today, saddens me to no end. Thus for me this is not merely an academic question. I mean it honestly: why, in the midst of a seeming total success, have we failed?
The answer to this question, many have concluded, involves the lack of political will of the people of the United States. It is one thing to know the truth, and quite another to act upon that truth. Democracy Now is a case in point. A great many of us have had conversations with Amy Goodman and the other producers of Democracy Now, and they all know the official story of 9/11 is a lie. Yet except for a few segments we forced them to air as a result of our public pressure campaign (where they for the most part ridiculed us), they have chosen not only to ignore 9/11 truth, but to affirm the official story again and again in their programming.
Here is my assessment. The reason for the discrepancy between what people know about 9/11 and what they are willing to do to stop the War on Terror; the reason we have ultimately failed, in other words, has to do with the scope and sophistication of the political and social control mechanisms used against us; namely, disruption and disinformaiton. I have been an activist for 20 years, and I have seen and experienced COINTELPRO-style disruption many times in the past. Yet never before have I witnessed it used on such a scale and with such precision as I have within the 9/11 Truth Movement. There are thousands of examples, but let me give you just a few.
When we launched our Democracy Now campaign, we asked activists and the general public to send them emails requesting they have David Ray Griffin on their show. We provided a sample letter, but encouraged people to write their own, and we asked them always to be polite. We also provided them the email addresses to send their letters, and we included our own email address in the mix, so we could see what kinds of letters Democracy Now was receiving. What happened was very telling. For every two or three emails they received that were respectful and well-written, they received one that was either highly insulting, vehemently anti-semitic, or down-right ludicrous. The timing and repetitive use of specific phrases among many of these emails revealed a coordinated effort to disrupt our campaign and convince Democracy Now not to associate with us.
|October 2004 - Democracy Now! non-committal but will consider interview with Michael Ruppert|
In October 2004, at the Bioneers conference in San Rafael, California, Goodman's assistant promised that they would consider interviewing Michael Ruppert about his book "Crossing the Rubicon" and his accusations about the role of the war games on 9/11 in ensuring the success of the attacks. To date, there has been no followup, nor is there likely to be. Even the fundamental reality of Peak Oil as a motivation for the invasion of Iraq has received virtually no coverage on Democracy Now! and related liberal / left media institutions.
|August 2005 - Amy Goodman continues to ignore Peak Oil, is unaware of the Complete 9/11 Timeline|
In August 2005, at the Real Goods solar energy festival in Hopland, California, Goodman admitted to this writer that she was unaware of the Complete 9/11 Timeline compiled by the Center for Cooperative Research (the basis for Paul Thompson's excellent book "The Terror Timeline"). She also declined to answer a question when DN! will discuss the role of Peak Oil as the reason for the Iraq war.
|February 2006 - Democracy Now! asks why Bush had an accused al-Qaida conspirator at State of the Union speech|
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court?
Sheehan Wasn't Welcome But a Saudi Accused of Support for al Qaeda Was
by Jeremy Scahill
While Cindy Sheehan was being dragged from the House gallery moments before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address for wearing a t-shirt honoring her son and the other 2,244 US soldiers killed in Iraq, Turki al-Faisal was settling into his seat inside the gallery. Faisal, a Saudi, is a man who has met Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants on at least five occasions, describing the al Qaeda leader as "quite a pleasant man." He met multiple times with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. Yet, unlike Sheehan, al-Faisal was a welcomed guest of President Bush on Tuesday night. He is also a man that the families of more than 600 victims of the 9/11 attacks believe was connected to their loved ones' deaths.
Al-Faisal is actually Prince Turki al-Faisal, a leading member of the Saudi royal family and the kingdom's current ambassador to the US. But the bulk of his career was spent at the helm of the feared Saudi intelligence services from 1977 to 2001. Last year, The New York Times pointed out that "he personally managed Riyadh's relations with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar of the Taliban. Anyone else who had dealings with even a fraction of the notorious characters the prince has worked with over the years would never make it past a U.S. immigration counter, let alone to the most exclusive offices in Washington." Al-Faisal was also named in the $1 trillion lawsuit filed by hundreds of 9/11 victims' families, who accused him of funding bin Laden's network. Curiously, his tenure as head of Saudi intelligence came to an abrupt and unexpected end 10 days before the 9/11 attacks.
"Nobody explained the circumstances under which he left," says As'ad AbuKhalil, author of The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power. "We know for sure that he was tasked by the United States government back in the late 1970s and on to assemble the kind of Arab Muslim fanatical volunteers to help the United States and the C.I.A. in the fight against the Soviet communist regime [in Afghanistan]. In the course of doing that, this man is single-handedly most responsible for the kind of menace that these fanatical groups now pose to world peace and security." Yet, there al-Faisal sat on Tuesday as President Bush spoke of his war on terror and Cindy Sheehan was being booked. At one point, the cameras even panned directly on al-Faisal listening intently to Bush.
The 9/11 families' lawsuit charged that al-Faisal secretly traveled to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar twice in 1998 where he met with bin Laden's representatives and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. Based on sworn testimony from Taliban intelligence chief, Mullah Kakshar, the lawsuit claimed that al-Faisal allegedly received assurances that al Qaeda would not use "the infrastructure in Afghanistan to subvert the royal families' control of Saudi government." In return, according to the lawsuit, the Saudis promised not to seek bin Laden's extradition or the closing of his training bases. Al-Faisal also allegedly promised Mullah Omar financial assistance. Shortly after the meetings, the Saudis reportedly shipped the Taliban 400 new pickup trucks. According to the London Observer, Kakshar also said that al-Faisal "arranged for donations to be made directly to al-Qaeda and bin Laden by a group of wealthy Saudi businessmen. 'Mullah Kakshar's sworn statement implicates Prince Turki as the facilitator of these money transfers in support of the Taliban, al-Qaeda and international terrorism,'" according to the lawsuit.
Al-Faisal does not deny he traveled to Afghanistan in 1998 for meetings with Mullah Omar, but he insists it was to "convey an official Saudi request to extradite Osama bin Laden." al-Faisal has a long history in Afghanistan. He worked closely in the 1980s with the both the CIA and the mujahadeen that would later form both al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Ultimately, a judge dismissed the 9/11 families' lawsuit against al-Faisal and his cohorts, saying US courts lacked jurisdiction over the matter. But many of those families believe firmly that al-Faisal was connected to the attacks that killed their loved ones. The obvious question is: how does the president justify the ejection of a Gold Star Mother from the State of the Union, while openly welcoming a man believed by hundreds of victims' families to be connected to the attack Bush uses to justify every shred of his violent policies?
During his speech, Bush said, "It is said that prior to the attacks of September the 11th, our government failed to connect the dots of the conspiracy." Perhaps he should have just looked over his wife's shoulder up there in the gallery during the State of the Union.
Jeremy Scahill, a correspondent for the national radio/TV program Democracy Now!, is a Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. He can be reached at jeremy(at)democracynow.org.
The answer is obvious -- Bush wanted the attacks, Bush needed the attacks, Bush (and his henchmen) interfered with efforts to stop the attacks, Bush's henchmen provided the attack with technological assistance (war games to confuse the air defenses?), and afterwards spread lots of disinformation in favor of the official story (the false claim it was a surprise attack) and disinformation to exaggerate their involvement (the no plane hit the Pentagon hoax is the most popular).
|April 28, 2006 - DN! finally mentions Peak Oil, but invites flat earther to discussion|
April 28, 2006
TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:
* Has Global Oil Production Reached Maximum Capacity? A Debate on Peak Oil *
With the price of oil soaring to record highs and oil companies reporting record profits, many are asking whether the world has reached peak oil production. Peak oil occurs when half of all existing oil has been pulled from the ground. Some experts believe we are at peak now while others disagree. We host a debate on the issue with Julian Darley of the Post Carbon Institute and Michael Lynch of the Strategic Energy & Economic Research.
Note that DN! couldn't simply invite the Post Carbon Institute onto the show to profile their good work. One of the DN! staff asked this website to comment on the show, and this was the response:
The flat earth and round earth perspectives.
I'm glad that Julian Darley was invited, but it's interesting you couldn't just profile the good work that the Post Carbon Institute is doing without inviting someone who claims it's bunk.
I've said for years it would be a race to see whether the "progressives" would focus on Peak Oil as a core reason for current events (Iraq, 9/11, vote fraud, civil liberties) before gasoline rationing or much higher prices.
And this was the reply from DN!
re: The flat earth and round earth perspectives.
In almost all subjects, opposing parties such as the DOD, state office, NYPD etc. are invited in to state their case. Most decline.
I'd like to profile Julian's work but, in my opinion, if you are portraying yourself as unbiased news, your guests need to fairly match the perspective of society's or your going down the same road as Fox news. I think all intelligent listeners/viewers heard Julian clearly.
There has been at least one other show in the last month that I remember where some discussion on peak oil was done. and it has certainly started it's way on mainstream news with CNN and more.
In our community here in No California we are bringing people together weekly to plan for "the end of the suburbs". We plan to have Richard Heinberg up to speak in a month or so.
If DN! invited a civil rights leader onto the show, they probably would not ask a member of the KKK to debate them -- that is the equivalent of asking an anti-environmentalist to debate whether Peak Oil is real or not when trying to profile the Post Carbon Institute.
It should not surprise anyone that Richard Heinberg has not been invited onto Democracy Now! Now that DN! has interviewed (sort of) one leading spokesperson of the Peak Oil "movement," they can claim they've covered the issue and do not need to have a follow up. There certainly is no need for the show to discuss the role of Peak Oil in the invasion of Iraq or the Cheney - Biden plan to use ethnic cleansing to redraw the boundaries of Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia to control the oil
|September 11, 2006 - DN! offers fake debate with two flavors of disinformation|
On September 11, DN! had a fake debate between representatives from Popular Mechanics (Hearst corporation defending the official story) and Loose Change (disinformation film promoting "no planes" and worse claims). The transcript is at www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/11/1345203
Popular Mechanics March 2005 article on "9/11 Lies" used a 9/11 "truth" website (www.questionsquestions.net) to debunk two of the straw men claims that some of the fringe 9/11 websites have promulgated to muddy the waters. Both of those fake claims are in the absurd Loose Change film.
Since Democracy When has decided to have this fake debate (no plane versus no conspiracy, when neither is true), it seems obvious that DN is very aware that they have deliberately setup a bogus conversation that will further poison the conversation about these core issues.
|Fall 2006 - Democracy Now! business deal with Hearst Corporation|
email forwarded from Bob Feldman:
Subject: Democracy Now Inc.'s Hearst/King Features Connection
Democracy Now Productions Inc. claims to be an anti-corporate alternative to U.S. corporate media conglomerates like the Hearst Corporation. Yet Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman recently entered into an apparent business relationship with the King Features subsidiary of the for-profit Hearst Corporation, wherein King Features will distribute the former Pacifica Radio network host's print tie-in colum. The Hearst Corporation, coincidentally, also publishes a magazine Popular Mechanics, which supports the official government version of what happened on September 11, 2001. Following is an excerpt from the wikipedia site which indicates the relationship between King Features and the Hearst Corporation media conglomerate.--bob
"King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation, distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5000 newspapers around the world. King Features Syndicate is a unit of Hearst Holdings, Inc., which combines the Hearst Corporation's cable network partnerships, television programming and distribution activities and syndication companies."
nearer the truth:
January 31, 2007 "Blood of the Earth" interview
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
Blood of the Earth: Dilip Hiro on the Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources
an interview about the role of oil in the occupation of Iraq that even discusses the basic concept of Peak Oil and how Middle East oil fields are much more productive than the remaining fields in the United States
|February 2007 - another cointelpro style attack on DN!|
The Use of Bullhorns and Belligerence Against the Left
|Life After The Oil Crash: the role of DN!|
Matt Savinar, Life After the Oil Crash
A while back, a well-meaning LATOC reader emailed me to ask why I cracked a joke about Amy Goodman in which I derisively referred to her as a corporate Alpha-Female in disguise, or something along those lines. I attempted to explain what her true role in the petroleum-banking matrix is but I think this interview sums it up. Thomas Friedman is pro-globalization, pro-war, pro-corporate America, etc.
In my opinion, Goodman's niche within the petroleum-banking matrix is to keep the 1%-5% of the population that considers themselves "dissidents" invested within what Jeffery Brown calls the "iron triangle" formed by the media, housing, and banking industries.
Now don't get me wrong, I'd prefer 30 minutes of Amy Goodman over 30 minutes of Rush Limbaugh any day of the week but I'm not a fool. Limbaugh's niche is to keep a certain (perhaps) 25%-to-33% of the population who identify themselves as "conservative" squarely trapped within the iron triangle. The Al Frankens and Randi Rhodes of the world exist to keep the 25-to-33% of the population who identify themselves as "liberal" trapped within the iron triangle. Goodman exists to keep the 2.5-3.3% of the population who identify themselves as "radicals" or "dissidents" within the iron triangle.
I've been to the suburban homes of people who listen to Limbaugh, Franken, and Goodman respectively. To be quite frank, somebody from Mars would not be able to distinguish the listener of one show from the listener of another. They all had the following:
1. Moderate to severe weight problem(s)
2. Giant mortgages on overbubbled homes
3. Two or more cars in the garage/driveway
4. Jobs they either hated or were indifferent to
5. Neighbors they did not know
6. Multiple credit cards they were carrying balances on
The only differences were superficial. The Goodman listener might have a hybrid with a Che Guevara bumper sticker where the the Limbaugh listener has an SUV with a "W" sticker but, in the end, their respective lifestyles were far more similar than different. They're just located in within different corners and/or opposite sides of the "iron triangle."
I've never seen or heard anything on DN that would have helped the listener/viewer deal with numbers one-through-six listed above. The best I could tell, these things would vaguely be solved by getting some slightly greened-up Democrats into office.
9/11 Visibility Project tried to get Democracy Now! to cover 9/11
May 6, 2004
I have been a peace and justice activist for over 20 years, and I listen to Democracy Now every weekday. Your show is a mainstay for the movement. Thank you for informing and inspiring so many of us.
A little about me: I was a homeless rights activist with Food Not Bombs in the SF Bay Area for many years. I was arrested with Michael Parenti and 279 others in SF during the 1996 torchlight march in support of Mumia Abu Jamal. I helped organize the 1998 conference, "Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex" in Berkeley. I have written for Z Magazine (you referenced one of my articles on your show concerning immigrant rights and the Sierra Club), and I participated in the WTO protests here in Seattle, as well as in many other civil disobedience actions. I was also a friend of Judi Bari’s.
I mention this about myself in the hopes of establishing a basic level of openness and trust so you will take seriously what I have to say next.
I am currently the co-director and webmaster for the 9/11 Visibility Project, an organization supporting the 9/11 families. As you are aware, we have launched a grassroots campaign requesting that you have author and theologian David Ray Griffin on your show to discuss his book, “The New Pearl Harbor,” which details evidence for US government complicity in 9/11.
Exposing the 9/11 cover-up is the most important thing we can do to stop this Administration and their global agenda of war and empire, and many of us on the left who have been your most avid supporters are utterly bewildered that you have not done so. The non-corporate, independent media has a moral responsibility to at least ask the difficult questions -- for the sake of our fragile democracy, as well as the victims of US imperialism around the world.
Most of your 9/11 guests have simply repeated the official story that 9/11 resulted merely from “intelligence failures.” None has even implied possible complicity on the part of the Bush Administration, CIA or Pentagon. Last week you even had on your show “CIA analyst” Mel Goodman, who offended all the 9/11 family members when he said, “We don’t need to investigate what happened on 9/11. We already know what happened.”
Even the National Green Party in a recent press release has come out in support of the 9/11 families and called for a new investigation into 9/11 that focuses on the evidence for US government complicity – like, for example, why NORAD violated standard operating procedures and did not launch jets to intercept the hijacked planes until it was too late. The 9/11 families have been screaming for an answer to this question for almost three years, and not once has Democracy Now addressed this issue. Why?
And why has Ellen Mariani not yet appeared on Democracy Now? She’s the 9/11 widow from New Hampshire who is suing the Bush Administration under the RICO Act for allowing 9/11 to happen as a pretext for the war on terror. Her case has been recently nominated for the award of “most-censored news story” of the year. And there are many other people, like Howard Zinn (who has endorsed Dr. Griffin’s book) who you could have on your show to talk about this essential issue.
Please, Amy, the consequences of remaining silent are too great (as history has taught us). These are pivotal times. Our country and the world are in great peril. We need you. The world needs you. Please expose the 9/11 cover-up and have Dr. Griffin on your show.
webmaster @ septembereleventh.org
note: Ellen Mariani did appear on the show soon after this letter was written, but Democracy Now called her lawsuit a complaint about the "intelligence failure" that led to 9/11. Her lawsuit actually accused the Bush administration of complicity in the event, not a "failure" of intelligence.
From: "Bonnie Hayskar"
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004
Subject: [911truthalliance] Amy Goodman last night
Amy Goodman was in town last night. Outstanding. She affirmed with facts and statistics what most of us know--the US is truly in deep trouble. The co-opting of the media is in advanced stages. If we wonder how we will ever right (the good kind of right) our political system, it is apparent we must take back our media.
I gave Amy Goodman THE NEW PEARL HARBOR and a 911truthnow button last night. I only had a minute while she signed the books I bought. As she handed me the signed copies, I handed her Griffin's book and the button and simply said, "Please consider interviewing this author. It's important."
Weary from days on a book tour and having that night already signed a few hundred books, she nonetheless paused from her signing frenzy, looked at the book, looked hard at the button, and then looked at me, without saying anything. I'm sure it was only a second or two, but if felt like a long time. Then she said simply and gently, with an intent look into my eyes, "Thank you. I will."
I hope she does seriously consider Griffin and that his words touch her heart and mind, because everything she said last evening, in a nearly two-hour presentation to several hundred people feeds the need for an independent investigation into 9/11--and for vigorous media scrutiny of the government's statements around it. If she believes what she says--and she most surely does--she needs to step back and heed her own words. The magnitude of things she has witnessed with her own eyes, of the experiences of her life's work, and the intelligence that she brings to inquiry, will hopefully allow her to overcome her own personal misgivings about venturing into this arena, whatever they may be.
During her talk and the Indymedia video that preceded it, which exposed US involvement in atrocity after atrocity after atrocity throughout the world over the past 50 or more years, she nonetheless repeated the official story of 9/11 without introspection: "Muslim terrorists flew planes into buildings." What I heard from Amy was much like what I've heard from long-time activists that it was not surprising that terrorists would do this considering what the US has been doing all over the world for decades. Her entire case last evening was that the US government perpetuates unthinkable deception and destruction to advance the corporate agenda throughout the world, yet not one hint in her remarks that 9/11 was any other than the story from the self-same government and corporate media she so clearly understands.
All of us, no matter how long we've been activists and how much we know of our nation's history--especially contemporary history--eventually come to a place in the road where we cannot go. For many of us, it is the killing of our own. Its heinous nature is such that we try to find every other explanation except the evident one. We've already had to suspend our belief systems to accept that our government would condone, actively encourage and actually commit crimes against humanity in foreign lands. But to suspend our beliefs even further to acknowledge our government is now using those well-honed tactics against its own people, is a difficult threshold to cross.
I suspect that this is the reason the Progressive Left and what little media there is on the Left has so steadfastly avoided 9/11. The Left can report on East Timor, El Salvador, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, etc. etc. etc. and describe in great detail US involvement. Our current UN Ambassador Nicholas Negroponte's involvement in Honduras, for example, supplying the contras to over through the government in Nicaragua and now his appointment as the replacement for Bremer in Iraq in June, etc. These associations, this "institutional history," the malfeasance--the Left can expose this stuff and does, but those same skills, that memory of names and places and people from the past that needs to be applied to 9/11 has simply not been forthcoming. It has been left to hundreds of disparate amateur investigators to parse together the story, while those with the skills and tools and resources at their disposal to do this work have looked outward and not within.
The story that Amy closed with helps, I think, to further explain how difficult 9/11 is for everyone--not only here but throughout the world, especially as it relates to the actions of our own government. It is our Jekyll and Hyde personality that she described so eloquently in retelling her experience in East Timor when, as journalists, she and her cameraperson were beaten by the military and nearly killed. It was at the hospital later that she saw so clearly the dichotomy as they, blood-sodden Americans, presented themselves for treatment. The hospital staff, despite having attended hundreds of casualties that day, wept at the sight of the two Americans. They cried because, although our country is known throughout the world as being in consort with ruthless killers, we also are often viewed as the last hope for salvation. We are at once the Sword and the Shield. The people of East Timor wept--despite 95% of the weapons being used against them having come from the US--because if the American journalists were killed, they had lost their hope that anyone on the outside would ever hear their story and know of this massacre they were experiencing. They had lost their Shield.
So we, especially those of us who have worked in solidarity with the oppressed in the world, work on the side of the Shield against the Sword. That our own government would turn and plunge the Sword into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93--plunge the Sword into its own subjects--requires the Shield to be used in new ways. We do, in fact, have treason and betrayal in the homeland. B
Commentary on Amy Goodman's presentation in Eugene, Oregon
... the last time Amy Goodman was in town, he asked her to report on how on September 11th, 2001, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the federal agency that runs many of the nation's spy satellites, conducted a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike one of the agency’s buildings. He said her response was stunned silence, and a look of fear in her eyes. He guessed that she was afraid of the repercussions that would befall her should she dared to tread journalistically into that area. ....
... livid with frustration that Democracy Now! has thus far never explored the possibility of intentional complicity within the US government in the September 11th attacks. He said that Amy has stopped taking questions at the end of her addresses specifically to avoid answering uncomfortable questions about 9-11. He was really frustrated that the alternative media won’t touch 9-11 complicity, and avoid it so assiduously that when stories about it become public, they break in the mainstream media instead.