Late Call – Editors Blog 5
It’s unlikely that the US state considers award-winning journalist Amy Goodman to be a national treasure but she’s in danger of becoming one of the great inspirations for radical media activists everywhere.
Goodman, along with Juan González, is news anchor for the daily political news bulletin, Democracy Now! She came to prominence in 1990/91 when she reported on the elections in East Timor and witnessed the Indonesian military massacre 270 East Timorese. She was subsequently arrested and expelled from the country.
Democracy Now! was launched a few years later, in February 1996, as a daily radical news bulletin on Pacifica Radio, and has grown exponentially since then. Its hour-long daily news broadcast is essential viewing for the US radical left and is now screened on over 1,200 TV and radio stations worldwide.
Posted above is part of an episode of Democracy Now! screened earlier this week on 2nd July, and available internationally on their Youtube Channel. Its worth watching for a couple of reasons. This 6 minute extract from their full show is worth watching for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, to see how someone like Amy Goodman reports on a thorny subject like the ongoing Julian Assange affair, which the mainstream media in the UK prefer to sweep under the carpet. This is an issue many on the UK’s radical left won’t go near for fear of getting caught up in a human rights versus sexual abuse maelstrom. Amy Goodman gets the tone right, and shows how it can be done without ducking the key issues, to provide the kind of quality news journalism BBC Scotland seems incapable of these days.
Also, crucially, Democracy Now! sets the gold standard to which those of us who are part of Scotland’s radical media should aspire to. If YES wins in September – which of course it will – it would be great to have at least one professionally produced, professionally presented, daily news bulletin which could be syndicated globally and broadcast from Scotland to the world. It would be a welcome alternative to the politically skewed news broadcasts of the BBC, STV and SKY.