Democracy Now!

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Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! logo.svg
Genre News program, current affairs
Running time 60 minutes daily (M-F)
Country United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates Pacifica Radio
(950+ stations)[1]
Host(s) Amy Goodman
Juan Gonzalez
Exec. producer(s) Amy Goodman
Recording studio New York City
Air dates since 1996
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Opening theme "Need to Know" by Incognito
Website DemocracyNow.org
Podcast Audio
Video

Democracy Now! is a United States daily progressive, nonprofit, independently syndicated program of analysis, and opinion,[2] aired by more than 1000 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks in North America.[3] The award-winning one-hour "War and Peace Report" is hosted by investigative journalists Amy Goodman[4] and Juan Gonzalez.[3][5] The program is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations, and does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding.[3]

Background[edit]

The show was located in the DCTV firehouse building (a converted firehouse) in New York City's Chinatown.

Democracy Now! was founded on 19 February 1996 at WBAI-FM in New York City by progressive journalists Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Bensky, Salim Muwakkil, and Julie Drizin.[6] It originally aired on 5 Pacifica Radio stations.[2] Goodman is the program's principal host, with Juan Gonzalez as frequent co-host.[7] Jeremy Scahill, an investigative reporter for The Nation, has been a frequent contributor since 1997.[2] The Spanish version includes the daily headlines, as well as a weekly summary of the news and was begun by Andres Thomas Conteris in May 2005. The program focuses on issues its producers consider underreported or ignored by mainstream news coverage. Democracy Now! began broadcasting on television every weekday shortly after September 11, 2001, and it is the only public media in the U.S. that airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, radio, and the internet.[8]

Studios[edit]

In November, 2009, Democracy Now! bid farewell to their broadcast studio in the DCTV converted firehouse building in New York City's Chinatown, where they had broadcast for 8 years.[9] The studio subsequently moved to a repurposed graphic arts building in the Chelsea District of Manhattan.[9] In 2010, the new 8500-square-foot[10] Democracy Now! studio became the first radio or television studio in the nation to receive LEED Platinum certification,[11][12] the highest rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Syndication[edit]

Democracy Now! is the flagship program of the Pacifica Radio network.[13] The television simulcast airs on Public-access television stations; by satellite on Free Speech TV and Link TV, and free-to-air on C Band.[14] Democracy Now! is also available on the Internet as downloadable and streaming audio and video.[15] In total, over 1,200 television and radio stations broadcast Democracy Now! worldwide.[1]

Awards and reaction[edit]

"I think it's probably the most significant progressive news institution that has come around in some time."

Robert W. McChesney, quoted in The Nation[16]

Democracy Now! and its staff have received several journalism awards, including the Gracie Award from American Women in Radio & Television;[17] the George Polk Award for its 1998 radio documentary Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship, on the Chevron Corporation and the deaths of two Nigerian villagers protesting an oil spill;[18] and Goodman with Allan Nairn won Robert F. Kennedy Memorial's First Prize in International Radio for their 1993 report, Massacre: The Story of East Timor which involved first-hand coverage of genocide during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor.[19]

On October 1, 2008, Goodman was named as a recipient of the 2008 Right Livelihood Award,[20] in connection with her years of work establishing Democracy Now!.

2008 Republican National Convention arrests[edit]

Three journalists with Democracy Now!—including principal host Amy Goodman, and news producers Nicole Salazar and Sharif Abdel Kouddous—were detained by police during their reporting on the 2008 Republican National Convention protests.[21] Salazar was filming as officers in full riot gear charged her area. As she yelled "Press!" she was knocked down and told to put her face in the ground while another officer dragged her backward by her leg across the pavement. The video footage of the incident was immediately posted on the Internet, leading to a large public outcry against her arrest. When a second producer, Kouddous, approached, he too was arrested, and charged with a felony. According to a press release by Democracy Now!, Goodman herself was arrested after confronting officers regarding the arrest of her colleagues. The officers had established a line of "crowd control," and ordered Goodman to move back. Goodman claims she was arrested after being pulled through the police line by an officer, and subsequently (as well as Kouddous) had her press credentials for the convention physically stripped from her by a secret service agent.[22] All were held on charges of "probable cause for riot."[23] A statement was later released by the city announcing that all "misdemeanor charges for presence at an unlawful assembly for journalists" would be dropped. The felony charges against Salazar and Kouddous were also dropped.[24]

Goodman, Salazar, and Kouddous subsequently filed a lawsuit against the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis as well as other defendants.[24] According to Baher Asmy of the Center for Constitutional Rights, "[a]ll three plaintiffs that are journalists with Democracy Now reached a final settlement with the city of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the United States Secret Service, that will resolve the claims that they had against them from unlawful and quite violent arrests." The settlement includes $100,000 in compensation and a promise of police training.[25]

Notable guests, interviews, and on-air debates[edit]

Democracy Now! collection at the Internet Archive[edit]

Democracy Now! has digital collections of video & audio at the Internet Archive. The collection of video contains over 3,300 items and the collection of audio contains over 5,300 items.[65][66]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Democracy Now! station directory
  2. ^ a b c Stelter, Brian (October 23, 2011). "A Grass-Roots Newscast Gives a Voice to Struggles". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2011. "...a producer said: "I don’t get it. Why wasn’t I arrested?" Ms. Goodman asked him, "Were you out on the streets?" No, he said, he had been in the studio the whole time. "I’m not being arrested here either," she said she told him. "You’ve got to get out there."" 
  3. ^ a b c Democracy Now! – About us
  4. ^ Investigative Journalist Amy Goodman to Open 68th Season of The Forum
  5. ^ Long Island University Announces Winners Of 2010 George Polk Awards In Journalism
  6. ^ "The First Democracy Now! Show". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  7. ^ "About Democracy Now!". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  8. ^ "History & Highlights". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  9. ^ a b Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (November 13, 2009). "Farewell to the Firehouse: After 8 Years at Downtown Community Television Landmark, Democracy Now! Moves to New Home". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Democracy Now! Broadcast Studio Targeting LEED-CI Platinum at 207 West 25th Street". Green Buildings NYC. July 6, 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Holland, Ben (August 2010). "Democracy Now! Goes Green". Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "LEED Certification—Democracy Now!". Energy Resource Solutions. 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  13. ^ WBAI, New York – 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio – Democracy Now!
  14. ^ "Satellite". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  15. ^ Democracy Now! | Listen/Watch Today's Show
  16. ^ Lizzy Ratner (May 23, 2005). "Amy Goodman's 'Empire'". The Nation. Retrieved October 23, 2011. "Goodman herself lays the credit--or blame--for the program's success squarely at the well-rested feet of the mainstream newsmakers who, she said, leave "a huge niche" for Democracy Now! "They just mine this small circle of blowhards who know so little about so much. And yet it's just the basic tenets of good journalism that instead of this small circle of pundits, you talk to people who live at the target end of the policy,"" 
  17. ^ Amy Goodman Wins Gracie Award from American Women in Radio & Television
  18. ^ Long Island University Announces Winners of 1998 George Polk Awards
  19. ^ "25th Annual Awards – 1993". Robert F Kennedy Memorial. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Amy Goodman". Right Livelihood Award. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  21. ^ "Amy Goodman, Others Detained Outside RNC". The Nation. September 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  22. ^ "Democracy Now! Host and Producers Arrested At Republican Convention". Washington Post. September 1, 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  23. ^ "Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman arrested at RNC protest". Minnesota Public Radio. September 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  24. ^ a b Karnowski, Steve (May 5, 2010). "Journalists file lawsuit in GOP convention arrests". Associated Press. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  25. ^ Nelson, Tim (October 3, 2011). "Radio host wins settlement against Twin Cities police". Minnesota Public Radio. 
  26. ^ Alan Dershowitz (2007-05-14). "Taking the Bait". The New Republic. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  27. ^ Amy Goodman (2007-09-24). "Alan Greenspan vs. Naomi Klein on the Iraq War, Bush’s Tax Cuts, Economic Populism, Crony Capitalism and More". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
    Greenspan, Alan; Goodman, Amy; Klein, Naomi (2007). Democracy Now! 9/24/07 (RealAudio) (Video). Pacifica Radio. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  28. ^ Daniel Barlett, James Steele (October 2007). "Billions over Baghdad". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  29. ^ Amy Goodman (2007-10-09). "Mr. Greenspan is Flat Wrong: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Respond to Alan Greenspan’s Claim that He Didn’t Know about Federal Reserve’s Role in Iraq’s Missing Billions". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  30. ^ Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with President Bill Clinton
  31. ^ "Bill Clinton Loses His Cool in Democracy Now! Interview...". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  32. ^ "Legendary Broadcaster Bill Moyers Returns to Airwaves With Critical Look at How U.S. News Media Helped Bush Admin Sell the Case for War". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  33. ^ Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Effort to Impeach Vice President Cheney Still Alive.
  34. ^ Bolivian President Evo Morales on Latin America, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Role of the Indigenous People of Bolivia.
  35. ^ "Bolivian President Evo Morales on President Obama: "I Can’t Believe a Black President Can Hold So Much Vengeance Against an Indian President". April 23, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Fmr. Presidential Candidate George McGovern on the 2008 Race and How He Helped Transform the Democratic Nominating Process". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  37. ^ Video on YouTube
  38. ^ http://www.monbiot.com/2011/04/04/interrogation-of-helen-caldicotts-responses/
  39. ^ Goodman, Amy (2011-12-09). "Ex-Greek PM George Papandreou on Greece’s Fiscal Crisis and Why He Backs Occupy Movement". Democracy Now! (Durban, South Africa). Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  40. ^ "In Ohio, African-American Turnout Threatened by Reduced Early Voting and Faulty Ballots". Democracy Now!. 
  41. ^ "Greg Palast: "Mitt Romney’s Bailout Bonanza: How He Made Millions from the Rescue of Detroit"". Democracy Now!. 
  42. ^ "Reporter Greg Palast Exposes How U.S. "Vulture" Funds Make Millions by Exploiting African Nations". Democracy Now!. 
  43. ^ "Zinn". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  44. ^ Hugo Chavez: "If the Imperialist Government of the White House Dares to Invade Venezuela, the War of 100 Years Will be Unleashed in South America".
  45. ^ Exclusive: Aristide Talks With Democracy Now! About His Return to the Caribbean.
  46. ^ Fmr. President Jimmy Carter on "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," Iraq, Greeting the Shah of Iran at the White House, Selling Weapons to Indonesia During the Occupation of East Timor, and More.
  47. ^ a b Lori Berenson: MIT Graduate in Peruvian Prison.
  48. ^ http://www.democracynow.org/2008/9/26/iranian_president_mahmoud_ahmedinejad_on_iran
  49. ^ "Honduras Coup". Democracy Now!. 
  50. ^ "Matt Taibbi on How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers". Democracy Now!. 
  51. ^ "Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?" (Complete Interview)". Democracy Now!. 
  52. ^ "Covering Up Wall Street Crimes: Matt Taibbi Exposes How SEC Shredded Thousands of Investigations". Democracy Now!. 
  53. ^ "Michael Moore Calls for Renewed Pro-Democracy Movement as Anti-Union Bills Approved in Wisconsin and Michigan". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  54. ^ ""Here Comes Trouble": Michael Moore Tells The Formative Tales Behind His Filmmaking, Rabble-Rousing". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  55. ^ Marc Fisher (1997-02-25). "Pacifica Stations Bolt Over Convicted Killer's Commentary". The Washington Post. 
  56. ^ "Naomi Klein on Anti-Union Bills and Shock Doctrine American-Style: "This is a Frontal Assault on Democracy, a Corporate Coup D'Etat"". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  57. ^ "Oliver Stone on His Next Project, a Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic with Jamie Foxx". Democracy Now!!. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  58. ^ "Oliver Stone on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination & the Untold History of the United States". Democracy Now!!. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  59. ^ "Part 3: Oliver Stone on His Visit to Jeju Island, NSA Protests, Impact of Social Justice Movements". Democracy Now!. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  60. ^ "Ralph Nader on the G-20, Healthcare Reform, Mideast Talks and His First Work of Fiction, "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!"". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  61. ^ "Scott Ritter on "Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change"". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  62. ^ "Tariq Ali vs. Christopher Hitchens on the Occupation of Iraq: Postponed Liberation or Recolonisation?". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  63. ^ Tariq Ali v. Christopher Hitchens: A Debate on the U.S. War on Iraq, the Bush-Kerry Race and the Neo-Conservative Movement.
  64. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Yoko Ono on the New Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, Art & Politics, the Peace Movement, Government Surveillance and the Murder of John Lennon". Democracynow.org. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  65. ^ "Democracy Now!: Free Movies: Download & Streaming: Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  66. ^ "Democracy Now!: Free Audio: Download & Streaming: Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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