By Hannah Hayes
Amy Goodman is a journalist to be admired. For more than 13 years, she’s been on TV and radio with “Democracy Now!” assisted by Daily News columnist Juan Gonzales. Amy is a tireless worker for independent media, and her energy and ability to inspire a crowd are awesome to watch. You can’t help but marvel at the incredible drive bundled in such a small package. She has fans and volunteers in tow wherever she goes.
While the right thinks it’s a liberal media and the left thinks it’s a conservative media, studies seem to show, as much as neither side can believe it, that the media are just about balanced. What the media aren’t is diverse. Amy fills that gap in a huge way for those hungry for a wider range of news and information. Over the last 20 years, media consolidation has resulted in just five or six corporations controlling almost every outlet. Because these mega-companies answer to shareholders, they bow to corporation interests. Amy focuses on the causes of concern to her listeners and viewers; she gives us a feeling that we own a little slice of the media pie.
Goodman has been recognized for an innovative model of political journalism that offers alternative voices, those that are often excluded by the mainstream media, and she was one of the first recipients of the Izzy Award, named for muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. Her reporting on the East Timor massacre in 1991, during which she was severely beaten by Indonesian soldiers, won numerous awards. She’s also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored.
Amy has co-authored three New York Times bestsellers: “Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times” (2008); “Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back” (2006); and “The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them” (2004). She also writes a weekly column with an audio podcast that you can access at www.DemocracyNow.org.
Some may find her shows discouraging in that they expose difficult issues, but she also presents so many guests who think things can be better. She says, “I care deeply about what I cover.” That’s her gift, and I am proud to call myself a fan.
Amy is passionate about helping us understand the global implications of U.S. actions. She exposes the mass media’s litany of misinformation, which, according to Amy, “makes people afraid and turns fear into full-blown hate.”
You can hear Amy Monday through Friday on KGNU radio at 88.5 FM and 1390 AM at 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Watch her on KBDI-Channel 12 at 5:30 p.m. or on DISH network 9415 at 6 a.m. and other various times.
By Kelly Weist
In 1992, when Bill Clinton narrowly beat George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot for the presidency, leftists could see their dreams of socialism coming true. It really didn’t matter that Clinton was a “centrist” — leftists understand that they must soothe the fractious public with lies and half-truths in order to get into power. And never doubt that it’s power they want.
Clinton was a disappointment. He swung with the wind like a piñata, first issuing an executive order to allow gays to serve openly in the military branches, then waffling and coming up with “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell.” He couldn’t keep from tripping over his own flaws. Worst of all, he wouldn’t blast full speed ahead with his wife’s socialist health care agenda, or his vice president’s “green” takeover. He seemed to care about what the America public thought of him, and all he wanted was to be loved (and re-elected). The left suffered through Clinton’s two terms, but they had a prince on the horizon, Al Gore. Gore would make everything possible again.
However, in the narrowest victory possible, George Bush’s son beat Gore. Unthinkable! It had to be corruption/fraud/racism/take your pick. And thus was the left pushed over the edge of sanity.
Being the least bit conservative, or even rational, made one a target of crazy lefties. It got so that conservatives were hiding in closets. And then came Ann Coulter. An accomplished, extremely intelligent and gorgeous author and lawyer became the voice of conservatives. She wouldn’t back down from the crazy lefties or their trained dogs, the dominant liberal mainstream media. In fact, she attacked, with very well-researched prose and pointed commentary. She made it clear that civility in public discourse didn’t mean conservatives not fighting back.
Ann became a hero to the everyday conservatives who were oppressed on all sides by crazy lefties. And oh, how the left hates her. We’re not supposed to fight back! We’re supposed to lie down and take it, just like conservatives have always done. But her success in both books and TV opened up opportunities for other authors and commentators, like me.
But imitators on the left keep attempting to knock her off. Amy Goodman is a good example. She claims to be a journalist, but she’s really a far-left activist that started a crazy leftie blog. When rich, crazy lefties decided to try to counteract conservative talk radio by funding liberal talk radio, she and her co-host got a show, which is heard primarily on NPR, college radio and public access. Recently, she’s hawking her crazy leftie column, which is occasionally printed in the Denver Post.
But poor Amy will never rise to the level of Ann. She doesn’t have nearly the intelligence or writing ability that Ann has shown in her several bestselling books, nor does she have anything actually rational to say.
Some of Ann Coulter’s “very well researched prose”:
“If they have the one innocent person who has ever to be put to death this century out of over 7,000, you probably will get a good movie deal out of it.” — MSNBC, July 27, 1997
“Let’s say I go out every night, I meet a guy and have sex with him. Good for me. I’m not married.” — “Rivera Live,” June 7, 2000
“God gave us the Earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it! It’s yours.’ “ — “Hannity & Colmes,” June 20, 2001
Some of Ann’s “pointed commentary”:
“The presumption of innocence only means you don’t go right to jail.” — Hannity & Colmes, Aug. 24, 2001
“… A cruise missile is more important than Head Start.” — November 2001 speech rebroadcast by C-Span in January 2002
“People like you caused us to lose that war.” — paraphrasing her earlier remark on MSNBC to a disabled Vietnam Vet.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Believe me, Amy Goodman is not imitating Ann Coulter.
It’s amazing how offensive people can believe it’s OK to be when going after an outspoken conservative woman. Because Ann has the gall to be outspoken, and very often right, it’s OK to call her a Nazi, an unnatural woman, etc.
The sexism of liberal women is shocking. Clearly, Ann and Sarah Palin threaten a significant portion of women who have built an image of themselves as the cream of the crop, the defenders of all female freedom. When a conservative woman says anything, the mountain falls on her.
Conservative women must fight this. We have as much right to our opinions as anyone else, and we have just as much right not to be intimidated. And that’s all this is. Liberal women become real thugs when faced with Ann or Sarah, or myself for that matter.
It’s all about intimidation, and that’s sexist. Women are supposed to stop and become quiet when attacked. We’re not supposed to continue to attack back, and do it with as much style as Ann does. Well, tough.
Attorney and political activist Kelly Weist has served on the board of directors of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women and is the co-founder of Mountain Republican Women. She is an adjunct professor of political science at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Hannah B. Hayes is a small-business owner and activist with Evergreen Peace. A recent graduate of Leadership Evergreen with a master’s degree in education, Hayes has remained active in this community through her writing and organizing for 35 years.