Amy Goodman

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On the mission of Democracy Now:

“I really do think that if for one week in the United States we saw the true face of war, we saw people’s limbs sheared off, we saw kids blown apart, for one week, war would be eradicated. Instead, what we see in the U.S. media is the video war game. Our mission is to make dissent commonplace in America.

Dissent is what makes this country healthy.”

10 comments to Amy Goodman

  • I agree. I heard someone say recently that if everyone agrees, someone isn’t thinking.

    I suspect you and I probably see things very differently politically, but I do believe that being able to speak and think freely is something that this country was founded on. We should guard that right fiercely.

  • BTW, I just saw the tagline on your blog (you’ve probably had it there for weeks!)…”Write brain, left mind…” great!!

  • I agree to disagree. How is that for dissent?!?

    Sorry it took me so long to get back. I clicked over the Democracy Now and got lost under a mountain of reading. Personally, I am always thrilled to hear the opinions of others. Healthy (I stress healthy) debate is the means from which progressive understanding develops. Sadly I find that most debates are not healthy and that’s why I steer clear of most until they have been tested for slant and bias.

    Critical Thinking, a thing of the past? Time will tell.

    • Nancy

      Well, Democracy Now definitely has a bias. I don’t have a problem with that — nor with media/opinions that tend to disagree with mine — as long as they are clear that they do have a certain agenda rather than claiming to be unbiased or fair when they are.

      Agreeing to disagree is also part of the American way. Why do you think I put both jellied and whole berry cranberry sauce on the Thanksgiving table?

      • I didn’t mean to sound as if I won’t read it if it is biased or slanted. First I try to understand the bias before taking in information on face value alone. Then when I enter into discussion or debate I have a better understanding of the hidden motives or agendas that may attempt to steer the conversation toward a desired result.

        Democracy Now was a very informative site. I even added them to my favorites :c). As Kathan said, I may not ALWAYS agree with everything I read, but I am always open to new insight that may alter my personal opinion. I have a tendency to remove the emotional element of debate and look squarely at the facts.

        Diversity is the spice of life, my dad is a jellied man, I am a whole berry kind of gal, my hubs wouldn’t let a cranberry touch his lips, and my kids think we are all nuts! LOL

        • Nancy

          I didn’t mean to sound snarky in my post, sorry if it came across that way.

          Now, please pass the cranberry sauce. I prefer the ground-up orange and cranberry mix myself.

  • Sometimes coming to these parties late is the only way. All the comments above had me laughing. We’re like old women sitting around with our hearing aids turned down saying…”HUH-what did you say?”
    I’m with DS’s kids, we’re all nuts and I don’t let the cranberry sauce touch my lips either. But the jellied canned blob was always full to push around with my fingers when I was a kid.
    Oh and ditto what Kathan said.

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