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Official app for Democracy Now!, a daily independent global news hour with award-winning journalists Amy Goodman & Juan González.
What's New in Version 2.1.8
• Stream today's show while it is live
• Watch video and audio for today's show before stories and headlines are transcribed
• Significant improvements to stability and performance
It's difficult to review the app without commenting on the show's content, so let me get that part out of the way. Democracy Now is, hands down, the best news daily going. Free from corporate influence, relying on grass roots support, they don't have to march to "big money's" drum and come across as the best place for journalists to employ their education and skill with integrity.
The app is perhaps the latest development in making their message accessible, but there's still room for improvement. It's tremendously convenient to access the show simply by clicking on an icon. However, if the viewer has limited access to wifi, it's content is not apparently stored to be obtained without using data minutes. Some of us are privileged, and thankful, for the donations of others to maintain the show's quality and integrity, yet do not have the resources to purchase a smart phone with data minutes. It would work better for us if the app allowed us to store content when within wifi range so we could view it later. Also, the app is geared for smartphone use, but I rely on my iPad. It would work better for me if there was a companion iPad app to make landscape viewing and entry more convenient. Moreover, I've found that some days allow live access to the show through the app but not others. Lastly, the "contact" link sometimes is insufficient in allowing my iPad to move away from and comeback to the entry screen.
The only news that gets it right
I have used several dissatisfying news apps for a long time and am so so glad I found Democracy Now! news app because it is the only in-depth investigative journalism of the truly important stories happening from around the world.
Even HuffPost fails to bring Democracy Now!'s substantive inquiries and intelligent selection of what actually matters or issues of actual human interest---stories injustice, violence, oppression, climate science, government corruption or lies, erosion of freedom, and absolutely no distracting newsfluff about celebrities or entertainment news.....
I love the Democracy Now! podcast, but I find the app even more useful in its quickly available offerings of either print or video content. This will be the app I tell many more friends about in person or on Facebook. I have always absolutely loved the show and even scheduled some appointments so I can drive while listening and have always told my clients and friends to watch on PBS or listen on Pacifica radio, but people just kind of look at me blankly because they don't really intend to follow those urgent advice moments.... so now I'll just tell them to get the app and they will easily see what I'm talking about.
One of the best, if not the best Journalistic shows everyone needs to be watching!
Exceptional integrity, with a no nonsense type of reporting that we haven't seen in over 30 years!
If the American people and people around the world were in a position to view this show, it would be a boon for the people who actually need information the MSM is not always reporting.
I thank Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzales, Narim (I do not want to misspell Narim's last name, my sincerest apologies, I attempted to look it up but cannot find the information on their website, sigh) for your steadfast dedication to bring incredibly important stories to light and never backing down!