Journalism took a hit this week.
Alleen Brown, who did the extremely difficult and precise work of exposing TigerSwan and more at Standing Rock, was laid off by The Intercept this week.
It takes a great deal of courage, perseverance, and knowledge to do this type of reporting.
Equally troubling is the fact that Energy Transfer, owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline, is fighting The Intercept in court to halt the release of 16,000 TigerSwan documents that North Dakota already has.
Those who were stalked and racially profiled at Standing Rock have a right to know the truth. Those who were undercover operatives should be exposed. If there were entrapments by security, military, or police, those need to be exposed. Those who were critically injured have a right to use the facts in court.
Some documents have already been leaked to The Intercept and are included in the series that Alleen Brown and her fellow reporters produced. This is sweat and blood work, battling the big money of this pipeline. Alleen deserves an award, not to be suddenly unemployed.
At the same time, it is sad to see that the armchair plagiarizers continue to be funded by the foundations. Why is this? Is it because these reporters are deceiving others into believing they are actually out covering the news -- while actually sitting in their easy chairs and plagiarizing and rewriting others' hard work?
Is it, as some have suggested, that the non-profits and foundations' donations represent a sort of money laundering -- cleaning money from their investments gained from mining and other corporate abuses.
If you look at the tax records posted at Citizen Audit, the public is largely scammed by the non-profits in Indian country.
Many directors and family members pose as volunteers while receiving huge salaries. The average salary for directors is $100,000 even in medium-sized non-profits, with all expenses paid for nice hotels, restaurants, rental cars and more.
No one likes to be deceived. This includes deceiving grassroots people, people living on the land, for whom the grant money is intended.
Many non-profits have had a sweet ride, hiding the millions they receive. The directors also give out salaries, contracts, grants, and expense accounts to their children and family members, without the public being aware of it.
Social media has been an advantage to the deceivers, and those who want to water down journalism, truth and action.
Social media has been an advantage to those who distract, those who steal the work and words of others, and those who steal the donations meant for others.
The entire process of grant writing at non-profits has produced a new surge of Carpetbaggers -- unscrupulous opportunists -- who are using the needs, lives or ideas of others to quietly gain fortunes while hiding their wealth.
So, not only did authentic journalism take a hit this week, but truth took a hit as well.
Brenda, Censored News.
The Intercept series:
Citizen Audit -- Search by non-profit's name of the director's name
Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News.