On Wednesday, Amy Goodman was inducted into the I.F. Stone Hall of Fame at an event organized by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. The Center’s founding director, Jeff Cohen praised Goodman in his induction speech. “When New York University convened journalists and scholars to choose 'The Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century,' number 16 on the list was I.F. Stone’s Weekly,” Cohen said. “If we survive this century, I have no doubt that Democracy Now! will be near the top of that list for the 21st century.”
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Amy, before you head out on your 100-city tour, I want to mention, finally, on Wednesday night, our very own Amy Goodman was inducted into the I.F. Stone Hall of Fame, named after the pioneering independent investigative journalist. The I.F. Stone Hall of Fame was established to honor previous Izzy Award winners who continue to produce award-worthy independent journalism year after year. In 2009, Amy was the first recipient of the Izzy Award, sharing it with Glenn Greenwald. And you were inducted by Jeff Cohen, the founder of the media watchdog group FAIR, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, and the founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College. Here’s a clip.
JEFF COHEN: For nearly 20 years, through the McCarthyite witch hunts, the endless war in Vietnam, Izzy Stone’s Weekly newsletter was a lifeline. It was the most trusted journalistic source for progressives nationwide on government deception, on war and peace, political repression, social movements. And for the last 20 years, Amy Goodman has filled that role of lifeline, most trusted source, except Democracy Now! is every day, and Democracy Now! has greater reach than Izzy’s Weekly ever did. Readers of the Weekly felt this personal connection to Izzy during some of the dark times. He was like their personal Washington bureau chief. And Democracy Now! viewers and listeners feel that same personal connection to Amy today. When New York University convened scholars, prominent journalists to choose the 100 greatest works of journalism in the United States in the 20th century, number 16 on the list was I.F. Stone’s Weekly. If we survive this century, I have no doubt that Democracy Now! will be near the top of the list for the 21st century. And that’s why tonight we officially induct Amy Goodman into the I.F. Stone Hall of Fame.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Congratulations to Amy on your induction into the Hall of Fame, much deserved.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, thanks, Juan. And I consider that an award for all of Democracy Now! and all of its supporters, as well, as we head out on our 100-city tour. Today we’ll be at Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State University; check our website. I’ll be speaking on Saturday in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri, on the 9th; Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the 10th; and then in San Francisco on the 11th at City Arts & Lectures; Palo Alto, Stanford University, and then Santa Clara, both on the 12th.
I want to say happy birthday to Matt Ealy, and to our amazing Democracy Now! crew, thank you so much. Democracy Now! has two job openings. Check them out at democracynow.org.