Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Amy Goodman Discusses Mainstream Media

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Amy Goodman Discusses Mainstream Media

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THE American people are good, if they know the truth, said Amy Goodman, host of the independent news program "Democracy Now!," speaking at a June 5 panel at the annual American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) convention.

Goodman cited several untruths disseminated by popular news sources, such as the American media's original claim that Israeli forces attacked members of al-Qaeda, rather than members of the Free Gaza Movement, on May 31.

The mainstream media's insufficient coverage of Israel's 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie is evident today, Goodman added, as news reports regarding the Rachel Corrie, the Irish flotilla ship captured by the Israelis, indicate the first time many have heard of Corrie's death. "Is this the way Rachel's story is being introduced to the public?" asked Goodman.

According to Goodman, few news reports include "the why"-such as why the flotilla was going to Gaza. The aim of "Democracy Now!" is to report the complete stories, so that they gradually move "from the edges to the center," she explained. "We just have to ensure that the stories are told. …

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