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April 3, 2009

Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald are the first recipients of the Park Center for Independent Media Izzy Award (named for I.F. Stone) — named "Pillars of independent media, chosen for the award, because of their journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom and official deception."

"I think the way the media works is they show the spectrum of opinion between the Democrats and the Republicans in Washington. Often that is very narrow. But the fact is, the majority of Americans fall outside of that opinion." -Amy Goodman

"It's not even some sort of Machiavellian or conspiratorial effort, sometimes, to exclude certain opinions. It's actually the fact that reporters — and media stars — and corporate and establishment journalists are so embedded into the establishment...That they're so completely insular and out of touch from what public opinion actually is. And polls show that huge numbers of issues and positions that are held by large numbers of Americans are ones that are virtually never heard in our media discussions." - Glenn Greenwald

Celebrating I.F. Stone

I.F. Stone told journalism students never to forget that all governments lie. Izzy Stone, as he was known, devoted seven decades to uncovering deception and exposing official lies. He would spend hours pouring over the minutest details of documents and transcripts, churned from the deepest bowels of the bureaucracy. Always looking for the salient fact, the essential truth. He wrote for several newspapers, but gained his greatest fame and impact with a self-published newsletter, called I.F. STONE'S WEEKLY. I.F Stone pioneered alternative media long before the Internet gave easy access to today's outsider muckrakers. Its influence far exceeded its circulation, as Izzy Stone took on McCarthyism, racism in the military, and the Vietnam War. Thanks to the I.F. Stone Web site you can read all the issues online.

>More about Stone's life and legacy

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the co-host and executive producer of DEMOCRACY NOW!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 750 TV and radio stations in North America. TIME Magazine named DEMOCRACY NOW! its "Pick of the Podcasts," along with NBC's MEET THE PRESS.

Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Ď"Alternative Nobel Prize'" for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media."

Goodman is the co-author with her brother, journalist David Goodman, of three NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, STANDING UP TO THE MADNESS: ORDINARY HEROES IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES (2008), STATIC: GOVERNMENT LIARS, MEDIA CHEERLEADERS, AND THE PEOPLE WHO FIGHT BACK (2006) and THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULERS: EXPOSING OILY POLITICIANS, WAR PROFITEERS, AND THE MEDIA THAT LOVE THEM (2004). She writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.

Goodman is the winner of the 2007 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement for a Public Broadcasting Host, from American Women in Radio and Television, and is a 2007 honoree with the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio's She Made It Collection, which "celebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters, and executives." She was the 2006 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her daily reporting and groundbreaking work from Nigeria and East Timor has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored.

Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald, Photo by Robin Holland Glenn Greenwald is a former constitutional lawyer and currently a contributing writer at, where he maintains the highly popular political and legal blog Unclaimed Territory. He is also the author of three books: the NEW YORK TIMES-bestsellers HOW WOULD A PATRIOT ACT? (2006) and TRAGIC LEGACY (2007), and his 2008 release, GREAT AMERICAN HYPOCRITES.

Greenwald began his blog in October 2005 and it quickly became one of the most widely read on the Internet. With a daily readership in excess of 100,000, and ranked in Technorati's Top 50 most-cited blogs, Greenwald has become one of the Web's most influential political writers, with one of the Internet's largest and most loyal readerships. In September 2008, NEW YORK MAGAZINE named him one of America's 40 most popular and widely-cited political pundits.

His work has been cited by numerous members of Congress and in Congressional reports; his journalism has been credited by THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and multiple other publications; and he has regularly appeared on THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW, DEMOCRACY NOW with Amy Goodman, various NPR and C-SPAN shows, and numerous other shows.

Published April 3, 2009.

Guest photos by Robin Holland

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References and Reading:
Democracy NOW!
View Amy Goodman's daily TV and radio program.

Glenn Greenwald at
Browse through the complete archive and also hear Glenn Greenwald on radio.

Obama Adviser Cass Sunstein Debates Glenn Greenwald on FISA Vote, Executive Power and Prosecuting White House Officials for War Crimes. July 22, 2008.

ACLU: Blof of Rights
Glenn Greenwald: Growing Responsibility for the Bush Torture Regime. May 20th, 2008.

Park Center for Independent Media
Part of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

I.F. Stone

The I.F. Stone Organization
This well-stocked Web site holds not only every I.F. STONE WEEKLY, but television and radio interviews and speeches, autobiographical and biographical information, tributes and reminiscences.

"The Trial of Socrates"
I.F. Stone conduced an interview with himself for THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, April 8, 1979 in which he provided a new take on an old story. The piece is subtitled: "I.F. Stone Breaks the Socrates Story: An old muckraker sheds fresh light on the 2,500-year-old mystery and reveals some Athenian political realities that Plato did his best to hide."

Selected reviews by Stone.
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