Static: Government Liars. Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back

Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman [Hyperion]

The second collection of essays by Democracy Now! cohost Amy Goodman and brother David picks up where the first one let off—bringing to light some of the dirtiest deeds of the Bush administration and its corporate cronies, and detailing how a compliant corporate media system bears responsibility for allowing crimes against democracy and humanity to continue. As such, it's not always a pleasurable read. But the Goodmans and Democracy Now! have been virtually alone on shining a national spotlight on stories such as the US-assisted overthrow of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and extraordinary renditions and torture flights such as that endured by Canadian Maher Arar. As storytellers, the authors provide a highly useful record of how these things took place, including the true interests at stake, the failures of media oversight and democratic accountability, and the grassroots women and men who have met government abuses with courageous resistance. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey