Independent Media in a Time of War
Featuring Amy Goodman
In this important, powerful, and timely lecture, Amy Goodman -- independent journalist and host of the popular radio show Democracy Now!
-- speaks about the corporate media's coverage of the 2003 Iraq War. She discusses the way that the U.S. media downplayed civilian causalities and glorified military combat, and she asks her audience to consider the costs of coverage that is both sanitized and sensationalized. At the core of her lecture is a deep commitment to the ethics of journalism -- she believes that the role of reporters is to ferret out the facts, to question those in power, and to "go to where the silence is, and say something." Goodman uses the concrete example of the Iraq war to ask her audience to grapple with a larger question -- what impact does the commercialization and consolidation of the media industry have on journalism and democracy?
Amy Goodman is an American progressive broadcast journalist and author. A 1984 graduate of Harvard University, Goodman is best known as the principal host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now!
program, where she has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "radio's voice of the disenfranchised left". Coverage of the peace and human rights movements - and support of the independent media - are the hallmarks of her work. As an investigative journalist, she has received acclaim for exposes of human rights violations in East Timor and Nigeria.
Produced by Hudson Mohawk, Indy Media
Production Team: Branda Miller, Charlotte Buchen, Kathy High, James Kay, Penny Lane, Andrew Lynn, Jill Malouf, Steve Pierce, & Elizabeth Press.
Official Selection, 2004 Media That Matters Film Festival
Official Selection, 2004 Freedom Cinema Festival
Official Selection, 2004 Art In General Video Marathon
Official Selection, 2004 Rotterdam International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2003 Select Media Festival
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