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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The New Journalism: Get out the barf bag

The New Journalism: Get out the barf bag

By Brenda Norrell
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Normally I don't read the newspapers at the library, especially if I don't have a bottle of Pepto Bismo handy. But since the bus driver thought the city bus might be on fire, and we all had to disembark, I found myself wandering through those menacing aisles at the downtown library.
Unfortunately, I picked up a copy of Indian Country Today and saw a revolting Playboy style spread in what was once a great newspaper that I worked for. ICT has hired a former Playboy editor as its editor and the newspaper is now worse than I could have ever imagined.
Quickly tossing that aside, I picked up the glossy magazine Native Peoples. In the first few pages, my vision was assaulted by an entire full page advertisement for the CIA.
There really could be no better case made for the degeneration of journalism, and the demise of Indian country journalism, than these two items.
Besides these forms of the plummeting of the integrity in journalism, there is also the new journalism offering unexpected nausea.

The New Journalism: Plagiarism and the 10 minute phone call
The new journalism is actually the old plagiarism. It is disguised at times with a 10 minute phone call, and a courtesy photo, or a stolen photo, but it is still plagiarism. It is easy to spot. Just type the key words into Google News or Google Web, and you'll see the original stories that the highly-paid thieves are plagiarizing.
Anyone, including preteens these days, can shoot a decent news photo with a digital camera or cellphone. If there's no photo, it is very likely that the reporter wasn't there. And if you think the newspaper is doing you a favor by using your photo for a coverup, without paying you, rethink this. If they have advertising, they are making money and you should be getting paid.

The Parasite: The armchair journalist
This is the reporter who sits in an easy chair and plagiarizes. Most of their time is spent trying to deceive you. First they want readers to believe they were actually out on a news story. Next, if you're one of their victims, they want you to know how lucky you are that they are writing about you. They spend more time spending their paychecks, acquired by stealing the hard work of others, than undertaking journalism.

The 'Bore Me to Death' Reporter
There's another type of journalist who is not hard at work these days. This one comes under the category of "Bore me to death." This reporter writes about the same topic, year after year, because they never leave the comfort of their home or office.

The Drive By
Yes, there's still non-Indians who drive out to Indian country once a week to write about how bad it all is. And thanks to the good ole boy editors, those hit-and-run reporters still capture headlines.
As long as people are preoccupied with the never-ending political corruption, they will not focus on the melting of the Arctic from the local coal-fired power plants, the depletion of the pristine aquifers, the poisoning of the rivers, or the young people who are being recruited to die in the bogus wars of corporations and politicians.

Don't kiss and tell
Editors, if you want people to be test cases for experimental drug research, or consent to strip searches by anthropologists, don't admit it.

The Sell outs
Finally, for the corporate media, we know the advertisers pay your salary. We know your bosses are afraid of the US and local politicians, and are either in bed with them or are having lunch with them.
We know they want you to cheerlead for drones at the borders, conceal the truth of Wikileaks and to shun the actions of protesters.
We know your editors want us all to be distracted, placated and hypnotized by non-news and Walmart shopping, and paralyzed by fear.
Why not put a disclaimer at the end of your article: 'Bought and paid for by ...'

Brenda Norrell, news reporter in Indian country for 29 years, is publisher of Censored News.

Censored News Popular Photos 2011

With the Wolf Pups: Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone, and Manny Calapoo of Warm Springs, Ore.
Renegade Walkers visit wolf sanctuary 2011. Photo Renegade Walkers.

With the Wolf Pups: Renegade Walkers Manny Calapoo, Warm Springs, Ore., and
Paul Owns the Sabre, Lakota, visit wolf sanctuary 2011. Photo Renegade Walkers.

Casey Camp, Ponca, and
Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Original
Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation of the Sioux
Indigenous Environmental Network Protecting Mother Earth  Gathering
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations, July/Aug. 2011
Photo Brenda Norrell

Debra White Plume, Lakota, Pine Ridge, S.D.
arrested at White House protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
Photo Josh Lopez/Tarsands Action, Sept. 2011

Klee Benally, Navajo, chained to machinery protesting Snowbowl
and clearing of old growth pines on sacred San Francisco Peaks
in Arizona/Photo Ethan Sing, Aug. 2011
Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, at protest of Salt River Project Nov. 2011
Photo Resist ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)
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United Native Americans: Occupy the United Nations Jan. 27, 2012

Occupy The United Nations

January 27, 2012
Indigenous Unity March at 10:30 AM
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March to the United Nations Plaza
Indigenous Rights Forum & Rally 11:00 AM
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Tour of Resistance: Challenge Obama to deny Tarsands pipeline permit

Contact: Tom Weis, President, Climate Crisis Solutions, 303-378-1364 (mobile)

TARSANDS: The "Tour of Resistance,” with support from Lakotas and other Native Americans, ends with demand for President Obama to reject Keystone XL without delay

Opponents of TransCanada Pipeline call for Americans to challenge Obama on campaign trail until he denies Tar Sands Pipeline permit

By Tour of Resistance
Posted at Censored News

December 21, 2011 (Port Arthur, TX) – Renewable energy advocate Tom Weis ended his 2,150-mile Keystone XL “Tour of Resistance” at the fence line community of West Port Arthur in the shadow of giant oil refineries spewing toxic air emissions. Weis launched the tour 10 weeks ago at the U.S./Canada border and has pedaled the entire U.S. length of the proposed tar sands pipeline in his “rocket trike” in support of landowners and communities in six states fighting Keystone XL. Pipeline opponents joined him in demanding that President Obama reject TransCanada’s presidential permit without delay.

Ride endorser Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest, joined Weis in characterizing President Obama’s November announcement to delay a decision on Keystone XL until after the 2012 election as “dangerous.” Hawken joined the call for Obama to immediately reject TransCanada’s permit, or be challenged on the campaign trail until he does. “If America does not draw the carbon line in the Athabasca tar sands, then the question is: who are we, and why are we here? Of all the environmental follies that have occurred in time, surely this is the greatest."

“President Obama has shown zero leadership on Keystone XL,” stated Tom Weis, President of Climate Crisis Solutions. Calling for Americans to relentlessly challenge the president on the campaign trail until he rejects TransCanada’s presidential permit, Weis said, “Keystone XL is not only un-American, it is a direct threat to our nation. Every day the president fails to deny this pipeline permit, he is failing to protect America and her people. He must be called out on this.”

Texas landowner and founder of Stop Tarsands Oil Pipelines, David Daniel, who has been fighting TransCanada for more than three years, called the pipeline project “illegal, unregulated, untested, and a gross human rights violation with no public use justification.” Daniel said, “My message to every politician, from President Obama on down, is if you plan to put my family’s life and water at risk by supporting this pipeline, you need to be the first one to step foot on my property to try to take it.”

Nebraska fourth generation rancher, Teri Taylor, who met with Weis during the ride to share how the fight against TransCanada has totally consumed their lives, said, “Keystone XL is not right for America. It puts America in danger.” She appealed to President Obama as a mother and a grandmother: “Deny this permit for your daughters and my grandchildren.”

Port Arthur resident Hilton Kelley, who received the 2011 Goldman Prize for fighting to protect his fence line community from the dangers of surrounding oil refineries, said, “The people of West Port Arthur have suffered enough. We cannot tolerate the additional toxic emissions Keystone XL would rain down on our community. Poor people also have a right to clean air and water.” The U.S. EPA has openly criticized the U.S. State Department for not fully assessing the potential impacts of increased refinery emissions on the community of Port Arthur and its air and groundwater. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline could transport up to 830,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands slurry to be processed in Gulf Coast oil refineries.

"President Obama faces a truly historical moment,” said Oglala Lakota matriarch and 2011 Indigenous Woman of the Year award winner Debra White Plume. “The world will soon see if he caves in to the tyranny of big oil, or if he is a sensible human being with a heart on fire for life, for the future generations. I hope he denies the permit right away, as game over for big oil, and the first stroke of painting a beautiful path for our generations to walk on."

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