In Praise of “Democracy Now!”

Democracy Now! is an independent, global news hour anchored by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González that airs on 1,300+ TV and radio stations in the United States and around the world. Democracy Now! website

Getting the real story?

By Roger Childs

Amy Goodman fronting Democracy Now!

Whatever the historical legacy of the Trump campaign and administration turns out to be, it will be remembered for two phrases: “fake news” and “alternative facts”.

So where can you get the stories you can safely believe?  As for news on the United States, and the wider world, is concerned, you probably can’t do better than Democracy Now!

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Independent news

Like KIN, Democracy Now! doesn’t take advertising, so they are not beholden to the business world to shape their news coverage. If you join up, the daily service is free.

However, you can make donations if you wish.

Is this a propaganda machine churning out stories to keep those left, or right, of the political centre happy? Definitely not. Words like moderate, liberal, progressive, balanced come to mind.

Their approach is to use direct quotes in their articles, do some analysis and talk to major players and experts. Many of their stories are based on interviews as they search for the truth. Not easy in the current climate of dodgy communication!

Covering the field

Here is a sample of their stories for Thursday 16 February:

A lot depends on what the TV News channel’s agenda is: with TVNZ it’s to get as much advertising revenue as possible by boosting ratings as much as possible. Many will remember when its innovative TV7, which was devoted to indepth reporting, was terminated for not bringing in enough dollars. Many overseas channels put advertising revenue at the top of their priorities, too.

Well-known channels with a blatantly political bias include Al Jazeera, Fox News, CNN, the BBC, MSNBC, and alternatives like the one you talk about here. Those who have the time could spend 2 hours a day watching all of them to get a reasonably good appreciation of what is happening out there, some overall semblance of the truth – and try to decide what’s believable.