Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 2, 2012

Nearly Naked: Media parasites and profiteers

At the Comca'ac (Seri) sea
Photo Brenda Norrell

The media frauds have lost their clothes

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TUCSON -- The good news is that with the Internet more of the truth gets out now. We no longer have to depend on the good old boys in the status quo press to tell us what to believe.

We don't have to listen to the spin of newspapers cowering to the tribal governments or media controlled by their non-Indian handlers at casinos. We can recognize spineless and lazy editors and publishers.

We can now ignore the media duped by white and grey Congressmen and US politicians, whose press releases were once considered immortal and holy documents of the gods.

We can now recognize the profiteers and 'reporters' who manufacture news. We can recognize the copy and paste armchair journalists who do it for their egos, paychecks, or college dissertations. We can analyze a rewrite by a news parasite who preys on the hard work of others, and tries to cover it up with a quick phone call interview.

With a search engine, we can even find out who is posing as a news reporter, while being paid for public relations, in violation of the ethics of journalism. We can also ask journalists about their fellow reporters who haven't been seen out on a news story in the past 30 years. We now know how to investigate the frauds.

We know when a radio station begins with a commercial for an oil and gas corporation, that it is not to be trusted. We can also recognize the self-glory embedded in the columns of the academics as we grow weary of their rhetoric.

We know how to recognize any attempt to silence the traditional Indian people who live close to the earth and are living in defense of the earth.

Censored News celebrates writers of truth today, and especially the grassroots activists and writers who make Censored News happen. Today, we are sharing from the north land of the First Nations to the south, on Dine' land, Navajoland. Censored News also shares an original series from the Indigenous Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora, Mexico, with interviews at the Comca'ac (Seri) sea.

Censored News is now in its 7th year, and more censored than ever.

Thanks to all of you for reading, and living your truth. Brenda Norrell, publisher, Censored News

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 30 years. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she served as a reporter for Navajo Times, and stringer for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the southwest, she was censored, and terminated. She began Censored News as a result.

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