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Monday, July 5, 2010

The New Formula for Deceptive Journalists

In the age of parasites and armchair journalists, Censored News awards the Anti-Indian Custer Award to an AP reporter
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

There's a new formula to deceive you as readers, which makes it appear that journalists are out on the scene, covering news stories. The basis of the news story is plagiarism. The information is lifted from the coverage of a reporter who was actually there, or it is a rewritten statement or press release.

To further disguise this, the journalist makes a phone call or two, quoting people as if the reporter was on the scene. A free photo is also used from someone who was actually there.

In ethical reporting, the dateline on the story should be the location of the news reporter at the time of writing. However, in deceptive journalism, the reporter deceives, placing themselves in Alaska, California, Arizona and DC, in rapid succession.

As the news industry collapsed, many hard-working, ethical reporters continued to use their own funds to cover news stories, often going bankrupt in the process.

The unethical journalists -- willing to do anything for a dollar and without regard for ethics -- stayed in their easy chairs and kept their jobs, becoming armchair journalists. More often than not, they plagiarized the hard work of others. Today, their articles are often no more than a rewritten press release or statement, with quotes from a phone call or two added. Other times, it is simply a press release labeled "Staff reports."

Besides the lack of ethics, the main problem is the lack of accuracy. News coverage requires that a reporter be present. In Indian country, more often than not, the people that a reporter needs to interview do not have telephones, and often live a long drive from the highway. Without their voices, newspapers become self-serving tabloids for politicians and corporations.

As the news industry languishes on its deathbed, there's another criminal element capitalizing on the collapse. That's the corporate cheerleader, the anti-Indian Custer of moderday journalism.

AP has one of these reporters. Her name is Felicia Fonseca. Fonseca is the Prophet of Doom for American Indian Nations.

Fonseca is the first to cheerlead for corporations engaged in environmental genocide in Indian country. Fonseca is the first to promote the corporations who want to poison the Navajo Nation with uranium mining, coal mining and power plants. It is revealed in her coverage of new uranium mining targeting Navajos in New Mexico and the proposed Desert Rock power plant in New Mexico. Fonseca is the last one to ever actually go out and talk to Native Americans living on their lands and struggling to survive.

So, today Censored News awards AP reporter Felicia Fonseca with the Anti-Indian Custer Award for Modernday Journalism.

As for all you armchair journalists, you know who you are. Now, your readers do as well.

Brenda Norrell has been a journalist for 28 years covering Indian country. During the 18 that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she worked as a staff reporter for Navajo Times and a stringer for Associated Press and USA Today, covering the Navajo Nation and federal courts. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the west, she was censored, then terminated, and created Censored News online.

Police Provocateurs: Shoe Soles Told the Story

Police Provocateurs: The so-called anarchist and the police are wearing the same shoes, as exposed by the shoe soles, in this photo of a protest in Montebello, Quebec, in 2007. Police provocateurs are used to encourage, and provoke violence, with the goal of mass arrests.

Read today's article by Mohawk photographer Ben Powless on his illegal detention during the mass arrests at G20 in Toronto, a week ago. Powless' photos of the Indigenous Day of Action and G20 protests, along with his photos of the Bolivia Climate Summit, also appear on Censored News.
During the G20 arrests, journalists were beaten by police, including a correspondent for the London Guardian.
Read Ben Powless' article on his imprisonment after the mass G20 arrests:
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Mohawk Ben Powless: Of my illegal detention (with 899 others) and the G20 protests

Ben Powless, Mohawk, 23, whose photos appear on Censored News, describes his arrest and imprisonment, during Canada's mass arrests at the G20

Of my illegal detention (with 899 others) and the G20 protests
By Ben Powless, Mohawk
Rabble/Photo by Ben Powless
Last Thursday was Canada Day. I've never been anything close to patriotically Canadian, as a Mohawk citizen, but this year was a particular sore point.
Days earlier, myself and around 899 others were rounded up and detained in the biggest mass arrest in Canadian history. Many were picked up for simply participating in one of many peaceful demonstrations. Journalists were rounded up. Legal observers too. Many people simply out for a walk ended up getting caught "kettled" by the police, arbitrary arrest measures which ensure that everyone in a certain zone is detained, guilty or not.
On June 24, I had taken part in a national Indigenous Day of Action, called by the Defenders of the Land network, which brought out around 2,000 people to a rally in Toronto. Indigenous leaders and activists from Toronto and communities across the country -- Barriere Lake and tar sands-impacted communities were particularly prominent -- took the opportunity presented by the G20 to speak out against Canada's ongoing colonial legacy and called for implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and investigation into the near 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women.
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