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Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back

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Torture. Kidnapping. Bogus wars. Illegal wiretapping. Propaganda. Spies in the newsrooms. Oil profiteers. Soldiers who won't fight. Mothers of fallen soldiers Who will. In Static, the bestselling brother-sister team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman takes on government liars, corporate profiteers, and the media that have act ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mike
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Static fulfills two functions: (1) it chronicles all facets of the Bush administration that will soon be echoed by the upcoming Trump administration; and (2) provides the coldest of all possible comforts by reminding the reader that Trump's Deplorable administration clearly has its well-established predecessors. Static is rife with information about the Bush era that I knew next to nothing about, most of it disturbing, yet analogous to the administration we are anticipating come Inauguration Day ...more
Kathleen
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with a lick of sense
Like hearing Amy Goodman speak, the book is informative, seamless in its transitions, and kind of like a peek into a well of despair.

This book is well written, but hard to read at times, since it covers a wide swath of things that I wish weren't so wrong with the world. But it's insightful and rigorous, and I would rather know what's going on then not. I learned more than a thing or two about stories that I thought I understood.

You may be worn out before you get to the last section, with its in
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Dimitar
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was promising at the beginning. Then it got stuck to the same topic: generally how the Bush administration is bad and how the mainstream media help keep its positive image. Past around page 100 it started to become annoying to me, and at times I could easily detect the biasbwith which the book was written, not to mention that it likely did not take too long to write it considering the fact that a majority of the stories had already featured on Democracy Now! and therefore were easier to ...more
Chris Brimmer
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy confirmation bias Batman! This book was published almost 15 years ago and if anything the situation described has only gotten worse. Projecting the premise of the book forward there is an excellent explanation for the feckless media reaction to and treatment of the Trump White House, elite consensus. They are frozen in a model where sources and reporters were a cozy lot and lies were at least well crafted, the Trump Administration brazen disregard for anything approaching the truth was a ta ...more
Jacob
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: left-overs
George W. Bush was one of the most vile terrorists in the early 2000s. He is a war criminal and deserves to be in prison. Our apathetic media is part of why he is not. This is mandatory reading, especially in the age of Trump.
Jackie
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book got a low rating from me because it was shocking and depressing. However, it was a necessary read that was excellent in its level of seriousness and relevance.
Geoff Walling
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Explains that government lies didn't start with Trump. Well written and interesting.
Christina
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
By:Amy Goodman Total pages:338

Static by Amy Goodman and her brother david wrote this book about political officials so people would know the lies that some of them are telling us. This shows both democrats and republicans and how they have been telling the world lies. Their mission of writing this book was to go under cover and find out information that no one else knew. they talk about war and about what is really true about what elected officials are saying. From money going to war to officia
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Colin
Jun 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Scary, and totally unsurprising. I liked the structure of the book: It outlined different ways the bush administration and corporations manipulate the media, covered the network of secret prisions and torture policies of the US, then ended with profiles and accounts of different activists and media disruption events. (Does anyone remember ACT-UP interrupting the studio broadcast of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather at the start of the Gulf War in 1991 by popping in front of him on camera and shou ...more
Marc
How the fifth estate failed during the Baby Bush error-er...era. It was a phony terror war and anyone that had a brain knew it. Sadly, not many in America were conscious at the time and the media abdicated any attempts to counter the nonsense coming out of the cardboard cutout of a president. The media especially did not attempt to expose the men behind the curtain that were pulling the strings of the cardboard man/boy.
The Goodmans were among a few that opposed the regime. Unfortunately their op
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Gordon Hilgers
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like many books written in the wake of outrageous activities by the Bush/Cheney administration, Amy Goodman's "Static" follows a familiar pattern of delineating a list of crimes. However, "Static" then departs into territory not embraced by some of the more bestselling list chasers.

What Goodman does is take to the so-called trenches to report on those who indeed speak truth to power. Her chapter about Cindy Sheehan and others who resisted Bush in Crawford is important history, no matter how bad
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Leslie
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an easily read, well organized, and incredibly informative book. However, you have to leave your critical thinking hat on as, at times, the authors make no bones about inserting very strong opinions here and there mixed in with the shocking, well-sourced facts you came for.

This book will absolutely make you furious with its revelations on the corrupt dealings by governments, politicians, and corporations mixed with the mainstream media's complicity in it all. However it ends up on a hop
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Stephen
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!) and brother David Goodman provide an in-depth and unapologetic argument against the atrocities and civil-rights infringements committed by the Bush administration. Many of these allegations are widely known (illegal wiretapping, media manipulation and propaganda, Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, Gitmo, etc...), but the Goodmans take it one step further by investigating both previous administrations and global politics that have proven to be precursors to this tumult ...more
Mack
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
For the most part this is a greatest hits compilation of victories scored in the bi-lateral war on human dignity waged by Corporate Media in tandem with the Bush Administration. Static is written with the same concise, no bullshit delivery as Goodman's daily missive, Democracy Now! You won't find great prose, just the important voices which the powers that be systematically silence with intimidation and obfuscate with layer upon layer of misinformation and propaganda. Real nightmare fuel at time ...more
Allan
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great eye opener to the role that toadie media members have had in helping the bush cronies pull the wool over the eyes of the American Public. Perhaps if some of our Media members had the balls to tell the truth things would be quite different in this country. On the other hand, the information is out there. Maybe if the people in our country weren't such God Damn sheep and would seek knowledge from somwhere other than prime time Fox tv networks this country wouldn't be in such a ...more
Meredith
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amy and David Goodman provide a lot of information on the media, the Bush administration, and the political climate in the U.S. (and thus much of the world as well). Their research is complete and their examples are numerous and personal. Everyone should have to read this book to supplement other current events books/articles and to cut through the misinformation touted as news by many journalists. It warrants re-readings (if you can stomach it), and I promise you won't want to put it down. Also ...more
Chris
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Amy and David Goodman that I have read, though I see that they have a new one out that I will have to get.

Again, here is reporting the way reporting should be done, by members of a shrinking class of true journalists (I group Greg Palast among this group). This book tackles both corrupt governments and the structure of the media which allows those governments to remain popular... or at least in control. I recommend this book to any fledgling journalist, and all fans o
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John Miskec
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and informative-but any book that portrays the Blank Panthers and SDS as peacful movements that were targeted by the government for no reason...........well that is plain wrong. There were a group of people that split from SDS and formed a terrorist group that bombed government officers and police stations-the buildings were empty and there were no deaths but does that excuse it? They also suggest that PETA is peaceful as well. I do agree that most of the mainstream media is deficen ...more
John Orman
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
The brother-sister team of Amy and Dan Goodman cut through the official static and tell the truth about war, torture, and the "government-controlled media."

The voices of dissidents and activists are given wings here, so one can become informed, fight back, and defend democracy.

In 2006, Michael Moore told us to pick up this book "and go raise some hell."
"The Bush administration fabricated the news, and corporate media mainlined lies onto the front page."

Controversial and scary stuff indeed.
Josh Gray
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Amy Goodman is fantastic as always. For those of you not familiar with her you should definately read one of her books or watch her show "Democracy Now!" Amy is one of the much needed voices of the current political arena who continues to challenge the moral obligations of humanity. Static is a well written examintion and uncovering of government secrets, corporate scandals which connects the dots between the media and the powers that be.
Patty
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good look inside the media/government relationship and many of the issues they are not reporting. I'm not into conspiracy theories or anything so I don't buy a lot of the "interesting" stuff I hear and read, but this is one that is filled with a lot of good, factual information. It is a few years old so some of the stuff isn't really "new" anymore, but it's still good to be reminded of the need to search out the truth in the world around us.
Henry
Oct 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Static is a great rundown of everything that's been going on in this country for the last few years, everything that Amy Goodman's been covering on her radio show. But the book is a little choppy; it makes a better reference than a read.
Loraine
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! ...her broadcast is one of the few places that I trust anymore to tell me what is going on at home and abroad without corporate or political censorship.
Elena
Sep 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I saw Amy Goodman speak in college and was inspired. I love reading her books when I'm in the mood for some non-fiction. Very informative reads! (Extremely liberal viewpoints, but factual and little scary to think about how dysfunctional America is).
George
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book if your interested in our media and what it has evolved into...I grew up with Walter Cronkite....boring guy but that was news. The book also gives you alternative sources and ways to get involved.
Adamkassim
Jun 09, 2007 rated it liked it
if you wanna get angry at the Bush administration, read this book
Teddie Archer
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
A lot of the information was not well-documented. It was interesting, but it was hard to tell which parts they had actually documented and which were their own opinions.
Jovan
Sep 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like truth
Seething political and cultural commentary and criticizm of the use of media to push conservative political issues and big business policy.
abby
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
I love Amy Goodman.
This book is infuriating and inspiring.
I got her to autograph my copy at the National Conference for Media Reform in memphis in 2007.
Heather
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humanity at large
Recommended to Heather by: PBS
Know the truth. Live the truth. This is a serious must read. God bless Amy Goodman.
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Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist and author.

A 1984 graduate of Harvard University, Goodman is best known as the principal host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! program, where she has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "radio's voice of the disenfranchised left". Coverage of the peace and human rights movements — and support of the independent media —
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