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        ith the rash of newspaper closings      traditional corporate systems and news                 Greenwald wrote and self-pub-
        and the gobbling up of news out-        organizations.” According to Cohen, the             lished the books How Would a Patriot
        lets by corporate interests, it might   center’s founding director, “Our purpose            Act? Defending American Values from
appear to be a good time for graduating         is to bring attention to the growing sector         a President Run Amok (May 2006)
college students to select “corrupt politi-     of independent media. Independent media             followed by A Tragic Legacy (June
cian” as their career choice. It’s enough       is breaking stories, and bringing down              2007), which examines the fallout
to make one wonder who will be minding          corrupt officials around the country. We            of the Bush presidency. Both books
the store if the papers that make it their      needed an award and we couldn’t think of            rode a groundswell of Web enthusiasts
business to poke into the dark corners of       anyone better to name it after than a guy           to a place on The New York Times
government and commerce find them-              who, in the depth of the anti-communist             bestseller lists. His latest book, Great
selves turning out the lights.                  frenzy of the 1950s, started his own week-          American Hypocrites: Toppling the
   But according to an Ithaca-based expert      ly newsletter.”                                     Big Myths of Republican Politics
on alternative media, the much advertised           The award is named for Isidor Fein-             (Random House/Crown, 2008), exam-
decline in print publications is being offset   stein “Izzy” Stone, who belonged to the             ines manipulative electoral tactics
by the rise of a robust muckraking alterna-     era before the term “media” was canned              used by the GOP and accepted by the
tive. Jeff Cohen, a longtime media watch-       and learned the craft without the benefit           mainstream press. Greenwald’s blog
dog and director of Ithaca College’s Park       of journalism school. He called himself             “Unclaimed Territory” can now be
Center for Independent Media, believes          a newspaperman and relished the role of             seen on, although he con-
that the alternative media has grown up to      outside critic of the powers that be. His           tends that he maintains full editorial
the point when it needs to officially recog-    credo was simple: “All governments are              control.
nize its leaders and champions.                 run by liars” and his list of subscribers              Amy Goodman has been a pioneer
   The newly founded Park Center has            (the weekly accepted no ads) grew to                in alternative media since the early
announced the winners of its first annual       22,000, including the likes of Albert Ein-          1980s. In its release announcing her as Amy Goodman: Independent Media center
Izzy Award, named for the iconoclastic          stein.                                              the co-recipient of this year’s award,    will fete host of Democracy Now! next Tuesday
muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, who died          “The center’s mission,” according to            the Park Center called her radio
                                                Cohen, “is to engage media makers and               program Democracy Now! the larg-          at Ithaca’s State Theatre.
in 1989 after six decades of afflicting the
comfortable with his prescient questioning      students in conversation about career paths         est public media collaboration in the
and vivid prose. This year’s winners are        in independent media, and financially               country.                                         Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m., on Time Warner
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, and              viable ways to create news and informa-                Democracy Now! offers a cutting-edge          Cable’s Channel 98.
Glenn Greenwald, an independent blogger         tion for various kinds of geographic or             broadcast featuring issues, experts and             Amid the gloom in the newspaper busi-
whose work appears at                issue-based communities. We examine the             debates rarely heard in corporate media,         ness, Cohen finds hope. “No doubt the
   The Park Center studies media outlets        impact of independent media institutions            including the voices of both policymakers        Internet has caused upheaval and hardship
“that create and distribute content outside     on journalism, democracy and a participa-           and those affected by policy. It remains         in journalism,” he said, “but it has helped
                                                tory culture.”                                      independent of any party or sponsor, in the independents to bring their work to a
                                                    Cohen added that one of the inaugural           I.F. Stone tradition.”                           broader audience. The good news is that
                                                prizewinners exemplifies the potential of              Goodman will be remembered by many we had a tough decision becaus
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