The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (Paperback) by Amy Goodman, David Goodman
In 2004, BuzzFlash interviewed one of its heroes, Amy Goodman.
Goodman is an intrepid investigative reporter and radio host who exemplifies the old muckraking maxim that journalism should "afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted." The breadth of her reporting on stories that the mainstream press won't touch or doesn't care about is remarkable and courageous.
Often the right wing radicals accuse pro-democracy progressives of being elitists, but Goodman proves that the true elitists are the Busheviks and the corporate media, whose role is to increase the wealth of the wealthy and slowly chip away at our Constitutional rights.
Amy has no airs about her, and she often appears ubiquitous. Within the alternative media, she is fearless and unhesitating in calling liars, hypocrites and deceivers on the carpet. In one section of the book called "Muzzled and Manhandled," she and a colleague manage to rattle Richard Holbrooke, Tom Brokaw, and the Overseas Press Club during a ceremony at which they were receiving an award. Furthermore, because the Press Club charged attendees for dinner, she and her colleague couldn't afford the hefty "contribution" and had to stand in the back of the room, while the multi-millionaire mainstream journalists chowed down and laughed inappropriately at jokes about the plight of foreign countries.
"The Exception to the Rulers" is a paperback edition of a book we haven't sold before. We should have; it's a wake up call to a just society, a return to democracy, and a benevolent American foreign policy presence.
Are we to aid the torturers and murderers, as the Reagan-Bush crew has done in Central America and elsewhere (under the guise of "democracy), or are we to truly champion the liberation of the oppressed in reality -- and not merely in Orwellian speeches?
The indefatigable Amy Goodman knows that we can only be a truly great nation when we act as a change agent to improve the human condition, not merely to extend our natural resources empire.
Amy's brother, David, helped her write this book that exposes "oily politicians, war profiteers, and the media that love them."
Here is the preface to our 2004 BuzzFlash interview to help you know a bit more about Amy: