Democracy Now

22 Feb

Remember in the story of Goldilocks and the three bears how nothing was quite right- porridge too hot or cold, chairs and beds to hard or soft. Lately, I’ve felt that way about television news (this does not apply to radio- NPR is perfection). CNN is too much. Network news is bad timing. Jon Stewart is too sexy (and also not technically news, but I thought I’d include him). MSNBC is too much. Fox News is…ugh (and mostly also not news).

Without access to a radio (if only the train broadcast NPR as regularly as my ’95 Camry, Jeffry did on the way to school- NPR for the masses!!) I have had a severe shortage of news lately. My solution appeared in the form of a reccommendation from a friend to try Amy Goodman’s independent newscast Democracy Now, The War and Peace Report.

The program is broadcast daily at 9/8c and is published on the internet at or via podcast. It is also available on some public TV and radio stations. It is available in video or audio only formats.

Co-Anchors Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman

The main host, Amy Goodman is intelligent, down to earth and easy to listen to. Co-host Juan Gonzalez also does a good job- but it is clear Amy is team captain of the Democracy Now! news room.

The hour long show is set up in two main segments. The first ten minutes or so consist of  a rundown and brief overview of the days heasdlines. After that a few stories are covered in more depth.

Democracy Now! has the newsroom atmosphere of the traditional television newscast minus one key factor- corporate sponsorship. The content ofthe show does not lag due to the lack of funding, in fact this very detail is what sets Demcracy Now! apart. The show is independently produced and distrubuted and is done just as well if not better than corporate news organizations. Not beholden to any coroporate interests, the show is unbiased (if perhaps left-leaning, at least socially) and covers a wide range of topics- often including stories you won’t  see in conventional news sources.

Renegade. Revolutionary. Intelligent. In short, just right.


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