Goodman is a hardcore radical who detests both of the established major U.S. political parties. She perceives the politicians of both parties, as well as the dominant liberal media, as corrupted and controlled by a corporate ruling class, and from this perspective attacks them all (albeit from a place on the political spectrum much closer to leftwing Democrats than to Republicans). Because she commonly condemns the allegedly hidden capitalist conspiracies that rule Americans, Goodman is a very attractive figure to the far left.
After being interviewed for 30 minutes on Election Day 2000 by Goodman and WBAI's Gonzalo Aburto, President Bill Clinton called Goodman "hostile," "combative," and at times "disrespectful." She had, among other things, pressed Mr. Clinton to pardon a jailed radical.
Key figures around Goodman such as radio producer Mike Burke and television producers Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press, and John Hamilton all have backgrounds in Indymedia, an Internet movement steeped in the views of Goodman's close friend and ideological comrade, professor Noam Chomsky. Nogueira has written for the Chomskyite Z Magazine.
Goodman is also a close friend of Professor Norman Finkelstein, while Professor Cornel West calls himself a great admirer of Goodman.
But serious questions have arisen about how Democracy Now! -- which developed with the resources of Pacifica Radio and grants from the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund and others -- suddenly in 2002 became independent and the effective property of Amy Goodman without any recompense to Pacifica. This transfer included valuable assets such as trademarks, ownership of years of archived programs and interviews, affiliate station access and more.
Goodman commonly speaks at anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rallies.