Yet another sign of the seachange in the political culture. The New York Times runs a favorable profile of Amy Goodman's show Democracy Now!, by Brian Stelter:
“What drove us was telling stories we felt were being ignored, misreported or underreported by corporate media outlets,” Mr. [Jeremy] Scahill said.
The program slowly gained more stations and, amid a dispute with Pacifica, which was later resolved, it established itself as a nonprofit news organization in 2001. The week of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the program began to be simulcast on television. Since then, Ms. Goodman said, “the growth has just been phenomenal.”
While many media outlets were faulted for playing down antiwar protests after the attacks, “Democracy Now!” covered such events extensively.
Some fans as well as critics describe “Democracy Now!” as progressive, but Ms. Goodman rejects that label and prefers to call it a global newscast that has “people speaking for themselves.” She criticized networks in the United States that have brought on professional pundits, rather than actual protesters, to discuss the Occupy protests.
Last week, no United States television network covered the filing of a lawsuit in Canada by four men who said they had been tortured during the Bush administration and who are seeking Mr. Bush’s arrest and prosecution. But one of the men, Murat Kurnaz, a former prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, was interviewed at length by Ms. Goodman and her co-host, Juan Gonzalez.