Monday, April 6, 2009

going to where the silence is ...

... and remaining independent..

Go here for the transcript of the above video -- a Bill Moyers Journal interview between Moyers and Independent Media Izzy Award (named for I.F. Stone) winners Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman.

Moyers once wrote that "the greatest moments in press history came not when journalists made common cause with the state, but when they stood fearlessly independent of it." In this interview, the two alt-media heavyweights talk specifically with Moyers about political reporting and how so many Washington-based news media elites spend way too much time chatting up the powers that be. The result: too many voices -- and opinions -- left out off the radar.

From the transcript:
AMY GOODMAN: I think the way the media works is they show the spectrum of opinion between the Democrats and the Republicans in Washington. Often that is very narrow. You look at the lead up to the invasion in Iraq, the core, the major Democrats joined with the Republicans in enabling that. And you look at now with health care, the same thing. But the fact is, the majority of Americans fall outside of that opinion. And it's our role in the media not just to bring you that spectrum, but to, well, provide — I see the media as a huge kitchen table that we all sit around and debate and discuss these critical issues. To open up. That's what the American people want. And it's our responsibility to do it.

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