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Democracy Now! is a syndicated program of news, analysis, and opinion aired by more than 700 radio and television, satellite and cable TV networks in North America. Democracy Now! serves as the flagship program for the Pacifica Radio network and is generally considered liberal.

Background

Democracy Now! was founded in 1996 at WBAI-FM in New York Citymarker by journalists Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Bensky, Salim Muwakkil, and Julie Drizin. Goodman is the program's principal host, with Juan Gonzalez as frequent co-host. Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor. Since 2008, producers Anjali Kamat and Sharif Abdel Kouddous have occasionally been featured as fill-in hosts. The Spanish version (Democracy Now! en Español) includes the daily headlines, as well as a weekly summary of the news and was begun by Andres Thomas Conteris in May of 2005.

The program focuses on issues its producers consider underreported or ignored by mainstream news coverage.
Democracy Now!'s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.


Goodman's tagline for the program is, "The Exception to the Rulers".

Facilities

Democracy Now! is headquartered in a converted firehouse building in New York City's Chinatownmarker owned by the Downtown Community Television Centermarker (DCTV).

The show was previously broadcast from Pacifica Radio's WBAI radio station in New York, and was relocated to the DCTV firehouse during a management conflict at the station, during 2000–2001. On September 14, 2001, the show became televised, expanding its reach to cable and satellite viewers.

Funding

Democracy Now! receives no corporate, government or Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants or funding, stating that the independence of their programming would be undermined or otherwise compromised.

Funding for Democracy Now! is primarily derived from listeners, viewers, and foundations. In 2004, Ford Foundation awarded a grant of US$150,000 "to produce, broadcast and distribute a series of radio, television and Internet reports on the media reform movement in the United States." From 2001, approximately US$350,000 in grant money was awarded by the Lannan Foundation of the family of former ITT board member J. Peter Lannan.

Syndication

Democracy Now! is the flagship national program of the Pacifica Radio network on which it airs. It also airs on some NPR and community radio stations, as well as a few commercial stations (mostly those with a progressive talk radio format). The television simulcast airs on public access cable television stations; on satellite via Free Speech TV (channel 9415 on DISH Network) and Link TV (channel 375 on DirecTV, channel 9410 on DISH Network), and free-to-air on C Band. Democracy Now! is available over the Internet, as both streaming audio and video, and as a podcast and torrent.

Arrests

While covering the protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, several Democracy Now! members including Amy Goodman, two producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, and videographer/filmmaker Elizabeth Press were arrested by police on charges including probable cause for riot while they were videotaping arrests by police outside a house. Their press release calls the arrests of the producers unlawful and "a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights."

Awards

Democracy Now! and its staff have received dozens of journalism awards, including the Pinnacle Award for American Women in Radio & Television; the George Polk Award for its 1998 radio documentary Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship, on the Chevron Corporation and the deaths of two Nigerianmarker villagers protesting an oil spill; and Goodman with Allan Nairn won Robert F. Kennedy Memorial's First Prize in International Radio for their 1993 report, Massacre: The Story of East Timor which involved first-hand coverage of genocide in East Timor.

On October 1, 2008, Goodman was named as a recipient of the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize", in connection with her years of work establishing Democracy Now! as a major force in alternative journalism.

Notable guests, interviews, and on-air debates



Criticisms from Guests

The White House press office had lined up a series of short, routine, election-day interviews with local news outlets. But in this interview, which extended to nearly 30 minutes, Clinton was confronted with a series of pointed questions that compelled him to defend his record on a wide array of issues, with Clinton at one point complaining Goodman "asked questions in a hostile, combative and even disrespectful tone."
  • Lou Dobbs — In a December 4, 2007 interview Dobbs criticized Goodman and Gonzalez of not "do[ing] representative journalism" when questioned about the validity of the facts that he presents in his news casts pertaining to immigration in the United States.


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