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  • Rocker (437 posts)
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    I have great respect for "Democracy Now" but don't lie for Lewis

    I just watched today’s episode during which she played video of John L. Lewis lying his 3rd-way ass off on TV this past weekend.  Along with the usual 3rd-way “Russia elected Trump” crap there was also no mention of Lewis’s lying for Hillary when he claimed Sanders was never at any civil rights marches.

    I know Amy Goodman, like many others, has a serious case of “Trumphobia” but it’s disheartening to say the least to see her lose journalistic integrity by lying for 3rd-way propagandists.


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  • Late Bloomer (211 posts)
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    1. Agreed

    Nothing on election fraud in the primaries, but Prominent Palast after the general.

    I hear that sucking sound, too, and didn’t contribute to Democracy Now on my renewal date. Too bad, so sad.

  • CNW (2491 posts)
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    2. I was a regular watcher of Democracy Now. I hardly watch it now, because . . .

    In 2000 Democracy Now! departed from WBAI’s facilities amid internal battles over control of Pacifica Radio. It has broadcast ever since from studios in a converted firehouse renamed the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in New York City’s Chinatown. It continues to air on Pacifica-owned and affiliated stations. It is satellite-uplinked via the Pacifica Satellite System, but also via the taxpayer-subsidized Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS). Stations can also receive the program over the Internet as broadcast-quality MP3 computer files.

    Serious questions have arisen about how Democracy Now!, begun and developed with the resources of Pacifica Radio and grants from the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund and others, suddenly became independent and the effective property of Amy Goodman without recompense to Pacifica. This transfer apparently included valuable assets such as trademarks, ownership of years of archived programs, affiliate station access, and more.

    In a contract that remains secret, Amy Goodman is also receiving $1 million per year for a five-year period that began in 2002, according to Pacifica Treasurer Jabari Zakiya, to continue doing what has become Pacifica’s flagship morning news program. This is more than double Goodman’s officially stated stipend of $440,000 per year from Pacifica Radio.

    Democracy Now! receives indirect funding from George Soros, and direct funding from the Ford Foundation, the Glaser Foundation, Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the Tides Foundation, and other left-leaning foundations.

    [Update, July 3, 2011. I did a lot more digging about Amy Goodman after posting the brief commentary seen below on June 29. I now see that Amy is at the helm of a huge Leftist propaganda machine -of which she is the principle owner- called Democracy Now! that reported assets of over 13 million in 2007. She earns over one million a year in salary from Pacifica alone, but is also syndicated over 800 radio and TV statins and has a newspaper column carried by Hearst Publications under their subsidiary King Features. Her actual yearly earnings are probably in the 2-4 million range-and all of it tax free.

    Beyond her salary, she gets direct donations to Democarcy Now! in the range of 1.9 million a year from a dozen or more Illuminated Foundations like the Ford Foundation, The Kaplan Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, and more than one foundation owned by George Soros. I plan to post much more information about who Amy Goodman is and how she uses the cover story or fearless reporter, muckracker, and defender of the powerless and oppressed as a stage setting to become very rich, while carrying water for her globalist paymasters with every step she takes along the gold brick road of Illumimated gatekeeper….Ken]

    From Ken Adachi, Editor

    • ThinkingANew (1130 posts)
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      3. I had no idea.

      Hmm, on edit I don’t see the link to where they get the 1 Million to 1.9 million as a salary? Certainly she may make some money off her books but I doubt it is that much?

      The one source I found said that she made $148,320


      She *has* almost completely been one sided on Syria and Ukraine., which has been quite disappointing and she does not spend all that much time on illuminating the nature of the MIC.

      The funding could explain why she has chosen not to expose events like those more fully… But who knows.

      "(modern) newspapers publish nothing more than “weaponized text"" “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponized text that is designed to affect a person just like you." Julian Assange  
    • travelamerica (580 posts)
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      8. Even more information on Pacifica's coziness with the establishment here


    • FanBoy (6340 posts)
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      11. while i think goodman sold out, i will also note that "discover the networks"

      is also part of a propaganda machine — of the right.

      and they serve the self-same paymasters.

  • The Crone (2771 posts)
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    4. People need to realize that going

    Back a full twelve years, the Democracy Now  agenda even then was to do at least some of the bidding of the Democratic leadership.

    No mention ever back then of the foothold  the electronic voting machinery was making in election districts all across the country. Election integrity activists like Andy Stephenson were never interviewed nor was their work mentioned. So since Mainstream Media didn’t publicize the issue, it is now 2017, and hackable electronic election machinery are the norm, gerrymandering has flourished, and now, if you mention election integrity, most people agree it is important, because: Russia.

    So thanks, Democracy Now!


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    • kelly (428 posts)
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      5. 12 years is not far enough

      cant believe it has been about 20 years since the Pacifica Crisis truly erupted.

      Bear in mind Pacifica has been shattered, if not destroyed, by the work of Clinton

      appointees who pursued every avenue to break their bank. Now look at WBAI, if you can stand to. last I heard they were borrowing a closet to broadcast from. Thanks New York!

      scumbags like Mary Francis Berry and her crowd were dead set on demolishing the once strong information resource. Before that, there was a dark turn of events in Berkeley.

      KPFA removed two VERY LONG TIME and extremely effective programmers, Bill Mandel and Mama O’Shea.. O’Shea had provided a vox populi, where listeners and activists like Judi Bari could call in and organize in the blink of an eye actions against

      Maxxam and other threats to Old Growth Forest.

      Subsequently Bari and Daryl Cherney were pipe bombed in their Pinto by FBI affiliated terrorists, and held as their own suspects.

      Once O’Shea was unceremoniously removed and gag orders were passed around,

      the time slot she previously filled with love, wisdom and beauty was desecrated by the worst radio show EVER, Jerry Browns Up the People, or whatever it was. That dirt bag doesnt just shoot veterans in the face and pepper spray students in bulk. He also possesses a withering intellect and a voice that cannot make sense of anything besides his own ambition to leave the cellar where no one knew or cared who he was. Had to cancel that scintillating show to run for Mayor of Oakland, und so weiter.

      Something terrible and dark had their sights set and their claws on Pacifica.

      That something was Bill Clinton, and whatever ultra right information warriors were

      in cahoots. Billionaires who didnt need their leveraged old growth holdings threatened,

      I suppose.

      To go after Democracy Now, now, is to miss the real crime, or perhaps,

      cover it up.

      I have seen Pacifica shrifted shortly by Democratic warmongering profit minded voters in the last 15 years in ways that eliminate any sympathy for the bullshit fake news infostructure they have left in place.

      Limbaugh won when Clinton Deregged Telecoms.

      lets get Amy!


      • The Crone (2771 posts)
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        6. I didn't have close friends try to

        Deal with KPFA, so my focus is on the energy I saw subverted by Amy Goodman. My friend, Andy Stephenson never was as angry as I became about the election integrity movement getting snubbed by Goodman, as he had no way of knowing the winter of 2004-05 that he would be dead by July 2005. He was an optimist and he was still quite young. He saw time as his friend, and he knew he had the ability to eventually get Goodman to focus on his message and give him air time. And I am glad he was happy and eager for things to proceed and didn’t know that his dreams would be ended so soon.

        I take your attitude and your recounting of KPFA history very seriously. I remember Mama O’Shea and listened to her regularly.

        What a wonderful person she was. And I followed the Judi Bari miscarriage of justice whenever time allowed.

        And I join you in your distaste for Gov Jerry Brown. Your account of the station’s politics are being copied to my hard drive. I haven’t heard such a concise or heart felt testimony as to what  went on.

        "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
      • LiberalElite (3695 posts)
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        7. I remember that chaos well, having participated in many protests for WBAI

        against the “corporate coup.”  However, I haven’t listened to it in years.  The ones I thought were the “good” guys further damaged it.

        I feel much better since I've given up hope
      • senz (4725 posts)
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        12. I remember the Pacifica crisis too.

        I was a longtime listener of KPFA going back to the 60s, a Folio subscriber from the early 80s, did not live in Berkeley, was merely a listener, not an insider, did once share a lovely meal and group discussion in Berkeley with Larry Bensky and other KPFA listeners — and was shocked when the station nearly fell apart.  The regulars were furious with Mary Francis Berry; it was scary to helplessly watch it happening from a distance.  I remember the station briefly going off the air amidst the battles.

        I remember when Amy Goodman came on the scene.  Her progressive credentials seemed very good and she had a presentation style that, though not as earthy/authentic as the regulars, seemed like she might be able to reach a wider audience,  and I had just woken up to the massive corporate threat to the people of this country (mid-1990s) and was worried that the movement (“the movement,” oh my) had  grown so insular that we had forgotten how to talk to suburbia out there.  There was open hostility between Amy and — I think, Benksy, but I’m not sure now.

        It was distressing beyond belief.  And then due to distance I couldn’t get the signal anymore and lost touch with the entire scene.

        It felt like a national takeover, and Pacifica was like a canary in the coal mine.  It felt like something essential in this country was dying, and it had something to to do with growing corporate power, and (as usual) I could see it, feel it, but couldn’t get many people to listen.

        I had no idea the fucking Clintons had anything to do with what happened at Pacifica.  I still have some of the old Folios, the big newsprint ones.  God what a beautiful thing it was, and what a loss.

        I'm not ignoring you; they won't let me reply to or post messages.  You can PM me though if you feel like it.  No one has told me how long this will last.  It's a little weird, I must say ...  :shrug: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info  Caitlin Johnstone   https://consortiumnews.com/   Jimmy Dore  http://anonhq.com/   http://markcrispinmiller.com/   http://www.thecanary.co/
  • hollylynn winter (14 posts)
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    9. She jumped the shark during the general.

    I am still subbed to them and RT. I do it just to monitor the proceedings but they are pretty much full-on anti-Trump. I really saw through Amy right before the election. She became just like the other fake news trying to bash Trump and get away with it as a “journalist.”
    Ed Schultz–same. Weird thing is that both RT and Democracy Now seem to attract non-Dems. Indies that probably are in the Ron Paul camp. And so it’s dumb as hell to alienate that considerable segment (some of whom voted for Trump) with their shitty shilling.

  • FanBoy (6340 posts)
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    10. amy goodman is one of the few who made it out of the purges of public


    she changed during that period.