Veterans Petition Amy Goodman of Democracy Now

A Petition:

Amy Goodman and Producers at Democracy Now: Democracy Now: Please Broaden and Improve the Coverage on Syria!

Veterans for Peace / East Bay Chapter 162

In April, Veterans for Peace Chapter 162 sent a letter by postal service to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now (DN) asking for better and more diverse coverage on Syria. The letter was published online at
Dissident Voice

Two months have passed and there has been no response. Meanwhile, we have heard from many DN listeners who have also written about this issue and, like us, received no reply.

If you agree with us, please sign and share this petition:

Dear Amy Goodman and Producers at Democracy Now,

Please take a closer and deeper look at Syria. There is a huge amount of public confusion and misinformation about the Syrian conflict. Partly because of this, the conflict continues with the U.S. and allies pouring billions of dollars annually into trying to overthrow the Assad government. There is a real danger the conflict could escalate into a confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.

While the mainstream media has dutifully echoed the propaganda of neocon hawks, promoting the unsubstantiated "Assad-Did-It-Again" story of his using chemical weapons on his own people when he had nothing to gain by doing so, etc., we expect a much higher standard of journalism from you, Amy Goodman.

We are asking you for better and more diverse coverage on Syria: that you include more guests who are reporting from inside Syria and who are not relying on suspect sources like the White Helmets or other Jihadi-affiliated sources. And when you do feature guests promoting the U.S. State Department line, please ask them penetrating questions, such as where their funding comes from and who their information sources are. Please don't just give those war-promoters a platform.

There's a story behind the story of what's happening in Syria, and a deeper story behind that, which takes us back to the U.S. and the military-industrialists who benefit, the politicians -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- who do their bidding, and the mainstream media who willingly promote their policies. These entities combine to manipulate us into accepting such policies and paying the costs, physically, financially, psychologically, and ultimately with our health and our lives. It all ties together, and that's how we need to hear it.

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References The following are examples of articles with information and perspectives which need to be heard on Democracy Now:

AUDIO: Global Research News Hour probes the problematic coverage of Syria by Western media, including supposedly independent media outlets like the popular Democracy Now. Michael Welch interviews Vanessa Beeley, Daniel Borgström (of Veterans for Peace), and Bob Feldman
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Syria: Was It Really “A Chemical Weapons Attack”? by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), April 11, 2017,
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An Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, by Theodore A. Postol, April 14, 2017
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How Media Bias Fuels Syrian Escalation by Rick Sterling, April 10, 2017
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Who Are Syria’s White Helmets? By Vanessa Beeley, June 21, 2016
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What’s really happening in Syria: A consumer fraud lawyer’s mini-primer By Robert Roth, January 2, 2017
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Destroying Syria: a Joint Criminal Enterprise by Diana Johnstone, October 4, 2016
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‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War by Dan Kovalik, Apr12, 2017
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The Open Letter which Veterans for Peace Chapter 162 sent by postal service to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now (DN) in April, online at
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Journalist Ann Garrison interviews Daniel Borgström of VFP East Bay Chapter #162: it’s at
Black Agenda Report and Global Research.