Democracy Now! at 15 years: “People speaking for themselves”

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The six-hour, live streaming news coverage by Democracy Now! of Georgia inmate Troy Davis’s execution on Sept. 21 was viewed more than 800,000 times online, reports the New York Times in a profile of the show, which is celebrating its 15th year. The popularity of that reporting attests to “the hunger for this kind of information,” host Amy Goodman told the newspaper. “Yet there was no network that was there to cover this moment throughout the night.”

Some fans as well as critics describe the show as progressive, the Times notes, but Goodman rejects that label and instead says it’s a newscast that has “people speaking for themselves.” She also criticizes networks that have counted on on pundits, rather than actual protesters, to discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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