The Silenced Majority is as much a critique of traditional media as it is a terrifying insight into the stories many of us have missed in the last few years – gross human rights violations linked to The United States, the rising rate of police brutality on innocent civilians and journalists, and the power money holds over any real action against climate change. Co-written with Democracy Now!’s former director, Denis Moynihan, The Silenced Majority is a collection of stories from the radio program “set against the backdrop of the mainstream media’s abject failure, with its small circle of pundits who know so little about so much, attempting to explain the world to us and getting it so wrong.”
Goodman is a staunch supporter of the independent media, free from the weight of ad sales, corporations and governmental influence. Before founding Democracy Now!, Goodman worked as an investigative reporter, covering conflicts and uprisings around the world.
Democracy Now! began in 1996, originally airing on just 5 stations. Today, it is broadcast on over 950 radio and TV stations, as well as the internet. If you’ve never listend to Democracy Now!, you should. Like The Silenced Majority, Democracy Now! is disturbing in its ability to reveal how thin – how weak – our standard sources of news and information really is. When the likes of the Big Three, CNN, and Fox turn their cameras away from protestors, Democracy Now! turns the opposite way – “straight into the melee.”
Democracy Now! could be easily written off as lefty media lib-tard fodder, but Goodman is as unforgiving toward Democrats as she is toward Republicans. No one is cut any slack. No one can hide off-stage. Former President Bill Clinton described Goodman as “hostile and combative” after she grilled him on the death penalty, racial profiling, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other topics. The first section of The Silenced Majority is entitled “Obama’s Wars: A Tragedy in Three Acts.” Everyone is accountable for their actions and Goodman strives to ensure that their actions are made public. Transparency is the best policy.