The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them / Edition 1by Amy Goodman, David Goodman
Pub. Date: 04/15/2004
Publisher: Hachette Books
In The Exception to the Rulers, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman exposes the lies, corruption, and crimes of the power elite-an elite that is bolstered by large media conglomerates who obscure the truth. Her goal is "to go where the silence is, to give voice to the silenced majority," and she is fond of quoting Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." This book informs and empowers people to act on that principle.
For years, Amy Goodman has confronted the Washington establishment and its corporate cronies while giving voice to the voiceless. She hosts the national radio and TV show Democracy Now!, which began in 1996 and is now the largest media collaboration in public broadcasting in North America. Democracy Now! is not just a show-it's a movement.
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Table of Contents
|Preface to the Paperback Edition||xiii|
|Introduction: The Silenced Majority||1|
|3||Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship||70|
|7||Lies of Our Times||137|
|8||State Media, American Style||150|
|9||In Bed with the Military||169|
|10||Killing the Messenger||181|
|12||Going to Where the Silence Is||216|
|13||Not on Bended Knee||237|
|14||Psyops Comes Home||251|
|15||Things Get Messy with Sally Jessy||278|
|16||Hiroshima Cover-up: How the War Department's Timesman Won a Pulitzer||293|
|17||The People's Airwaves||302|
|18||Conclusion: Free the Media||310|
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The coveted five stars that I rarely give to a book, is truly deserved. Goodman documents war profiteers and exposes them. She also cites her sources very well. She is a true journalist! I like her as much as John Stossel. Amy Goodman attacks anyone abusing their power or being corrupt! Who's side is she on? The truth! Thats the side you will find her on. Exception to the Rulers will educate you on the truth about the Iraq war and the "War on Terror". Uncovering the lies of the Bush Jr. administration. A very interesting read. Republicans will not like this one.
Amy Goodman is a much needed voice come true. This book covers much of what has already been said on her radio show, but it provides a good deal of interesting documented facts that are not acknowledged by popular PR, sorry, I mean media. This book draws connections between the 'war on terror' to its promotion by the PR to the money gathered by Bush family and their circle of friends to the rise in stocks of those who have contributed to bush campaignes since the 80s, among many other things.
While not providing much new as to the activities of the current admininstration, except as to degree, it does render a long overdue indictment of so-called 'news organizations', pundits and other talking heads. She documents very well what intelligent people have long observed, that those to whom we have relied on for providing us with information have sold their objectivity and integrity for 'easy' and 'priveleged' access. It very properly brings into serious question their credibility.
I haven't finished the book, but already it has given more information than I've ever heard from our 'mainstream' media. This is an amazing book, written by smart and courageous journalists; it ought to be required reading for every voter in this country. It grabs you immediately and doesn't let go, as you read the horrifying events that begin it, and into the almost as horrifying plans our current leaders have in store for us. Although it was not the intent of its authors, I suspect that too many of our otherwise highly intelligent citizens will read this book, see those plans, and will immediately think, 'That makes sense; yes, this is what this country must do to make us safe...and these are the people who will do it.' But that's not true; the Bush/Cheyney GOP--NOT like our GOP used to be!--whose plans are going forward do NOT have OUR best interests in mind, but their own acquistion of power and wealth beyond even our imaginings...but they need our complicity, fueled by FEAR, to achieve those ends, which will result--and has already--in the ACTUAL loss of our safety, our liberties and our right to freedom to work for personal as well as national prosperity for us all. You can make a judgment re how competent they will be by what they have done, so far, as they knowingly spend lives to feed our oil dependency, advancing their own enormous wealth and personal power to a global scale. As an aside: There is another--sane--way to ensure our safety (from everybody except a certain element among our own people) to cure our oil addiction: Make oil obsolete, even as oil once made horses and steam obsolete: Encourage & adequately fund research & development into alternate means to get the power we have come to rely upon. Foolishly, as it turns out, since the source of that power is now in the hands of people who hate and despise us, often with understandable reasons for it.
With this book Amy Goodman has made her debut as an author. She is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! the nationally broadcast radio and TV show of news and political analysis which has risen dramatically over the last two years to become the premier media voice from the left. Written with her brother David, himself a distinguished journalist and author, the book is largely a compilation of stories covered on the show over the last few years and so regular listeners will find them familiar. It is not however merely ¿Democracy Now!¿s Greatest Hits.¿ It is a carefully selected collection of interviews, news stories, and ¿from the field¿ reports, all of differing lengths, some no more than two paragraphs, woven together to achieve the goal of the book¿s subtitle; that is, to expose the corruption of government policy by politicians, particularly those connected to the oil and defense industries, and above all the corporate media that has failed in its civic duty to challenge them. Not surprisingly it is for the latter that Goodman reserves her most acrid criticism and, as she has done relentlessly time and time again over the years, she argues forcefully and passionately for her signature cause; the call for a media independent of corporate control. In the introduction, titled ¿The Silenced Majority,¿ we catch a glimpse of how Goodman¿s passion for journalism was shaped from personal experience. It begins with an account of her harrowing experience reporting from East Timor on a November day in 1991, a day that saw the brutal massacre of almost 300 innocent villagers by the Indonesian army. It was just one of many countless episodes in the horrific story of genocide by Indonesia in East Timor that, beginning in the 1970¿s resulted in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of East Timorese in their struggle for independence. Yet in the American press there was a literal blackout and no mention of it was made. Why? Because at the time Indonesia was a US ally and its military was supplied by the US. This goes to the heart of Goodman¿s outrage as she advances the idea that the role of a journalist is to ¿go to where the silence is¿ or ¿to give voice to those who are powerless and have no voice.¿ THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULERS goes on to chronicle a wide range of anecdotes not usually covered by the mainstream media. The harassment and abuses visited on the immigrant community in the aftermath of 9/11 provides fertile ground. Yes, here in America there were people who ¿disappeared,¿ taken by police into custody without notification to their families who had no information as to their whereabouts and were held without access to legal assistance. The intensification of pressure against anyone who voiced dissent over government policy extended to a Greek professor visiting New York to address an academic conference at NYU. He was handcuffed and interrogated at JFK airport and asked questions like ¿Are you against the war in Iraq?¿ The list goes on, with one example after another of the excesses of the Ashcroft justice department. As is the custom, the back of a book jacket is reserved for the accolades by notable personalities. Among those chosen for this book is historian Howard Zinn who places Goodman in the great ¿muckraking¿ tradition from Upton Sinclair to I. F. Stone. While muckraking is certainly a part of what she does and as a muckraker she is as competent as anyone, I think what Goodman is about is much more. I think that where she is at her best, where she truly excels is in uncovering the hypocrisy that is concealed in normalcy. Nowhere is this more compelling than in her harsh and unyielding attack on the media¿s coverage of the war in Iraq. As she says on pg. 206: The rules of mainstream journalism are simple: The Republicans and Democrats establish the acceptabl
If a reader has to choose one exposé book on the Bush Administration amongst those of Woodward, Clark, Dean, etc. the Goodman siblings is the one to select. One just needs to read the authors¿ logical argument on the Bush ¿oilopoly¿ to understand why especially in light of the alleged oil deal with the Saudis and the oily résumés of much of the leadership. The Goodmans¿ analysis of the Iraq War ignores the pronounced ever changing root reasons for armed combat, but instead follows the money of who gained (via contracts); the authors make a powerful case that major Bush campaign donors are the winners while soldiers and their family members, and the American tax payer pay the price. Underlying this and other arguments is their basic tenet that professional gurus manipulate the media using incredible spins and leaks of ¿dis and misinformation¿ that Spielberg would envy, and the worst gimmick to date is the in your pocket access that rigs the journalist¿s feelings. Can one really say something negative about the troops who feed a reporter, keep them safe, and share stories about home? Though readers will wonder why Amy has not been declared an enemy combatant, this insightful cautionary tome condemns the loss of truth, justice and the American way of freedom under the pretext of spreading democracy to oil slicks. Harriet Klausner