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A Grass-Roots Newscast Gives a Voice to Struggles
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, October 24, 2011
Posted: November 29th, 2011

Democracy Now!, the 15-year-old public radio and television program ... distinguishes itself by documenting social movements, struggles for justice and the effects of American foreign policy, along with the rest of the days developments. Operated as a nonprofit organization and distributed on a patchwork of stations, channels and Web sites, Democracy Now! is proudly independent, in that way appealing to hundreds of thousands of people who are skeptical of the news organizations that are owned by major media companies. Though it has long had a loyal audience, Democracy Now! has gained more attention recently for methodical coverage of two news events the execution of the Georgia inmate Troy Davis and the occupation of Wall Street and other symbolic sites across the country. [Host Amy] Goodman broadcast live from Georgia for six hours on Sept. 21, the evening of the execution, and Democracy Now! reporters were fanned out in Manhattan from the first day of the protests against corporate greed. The media, Ms. Goodman said in an interview last week, can be the greatest force for peace on earth for it is how we come to understand each other. But she asserted that the views of a majority of Americans had been silenced by the corporate media. Which is why we have to take it back, she said.

Note: Up until now, there has been a virtual ban on mentioning the important work of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now. Could this be a signal of some real change?

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