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By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 9:00 am

I am thankful for Firedoglake for giving me the opportunity to see what goes on within a movement after covering the People’s Climate March last month. As I walked along Central Park, I wondered where the environmental movement would go from here. Indeed, the question of “Where do we go from here?” is famously associated with Martin Luther King Junior in a speech given to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 16, 1967.

I recommend the entire piece for anyone, but a point King makes at the end is essential in understanding the hardships and hopes movement activists face everywhere:

“When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows…”

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By: Monday October 27, 2014 2:32 pm

I strive to bring an unapologetic perspective to the latest brazen acts of government injustice and impunity, whether they involve refusing to hold torturers or lying officials accountable or invoking secrecy to conceal crimes or misconduct.

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New York Times Public Editor Says Off-The-Record Meeting Raises Concerns

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 12:40 pm

With an increasing number of Americans distrustful of the mainstream media you would think the establishment would try to be on their best behavior. Not so. As was revealed late last week, numerous members of the establishment press attended an off-the-record session with President Obama to help him sell the Syrian war to the American people. Though first noted by the New York Times, it was the Huffington Post that actually named names and revealed that over a dozen writers attended the meeting and represented most of the major corporate media interests in DC.

While such underhanded behavior was a shock to few who understand the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and those in power, the mask rarely comes off to such a degree.

Obama Vetted ISIS Speech In Off-The-Record Meeting With Establishment Media

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 6:45 am

President Barack Obama met with over a dozen “journalists” in an off-the-record meeting to get input on how he should sell his war against ISIS to the American people.

Judge Won’t Stop Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law, Agrees It Restricts Protected Speech

By: Friday September 5, 2014 6:47 am

A federal district court judge in Idaho has declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a coalition of groups and journalists against a law that makes it possible for the state to jail anyone, who secretly films or records animal abuse, for a year.

In February, Idaho became the seventh state to pass an “ag-gag law” or a farm secrecy statute aimed at political speech on industrial agricultural production.

Politico Magazine National Editor Snarks at Greenwald & Helps Former NSA Chief Spread Fear

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 10:04 am

Ever since revelations from National Security Agency documents began to be published by journalists, much has been learned about how the NSA has transformed the world into a massive surveillance state. Quite a bit has also been learned about journalism in the United States too.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Show Solidarity With James Risen in Fight Against Justice Department

By: Monday August 11, 2014 3:20 pm

There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources.

The government has pursued testimony from Risen for well over six years.

BuzzFeed Editor Fired After 41 Instances Of Plagiarism Found

By: Monday July 28, 2014 2:20 pm

The results of BuzzFeed’s internal review are back and they aren’t pretty. In a post entitled “An Apology to Our Readers”, BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith disclosed that after reviewing 500 posts from one of BuzzFeed’s leading reporters, Benny Johnson, Smith and others discovered “41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites.”

38 Journalist and Open Government Groups Call On Obama To Stop Excessive Information Control

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 3:29 pm

So much for the most transparent administration in history. According to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), 38 journalist and open government groups called on President Obama to “stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.”

CNBC Caught Soliciting Op-Ed Calling Climate Change A ‘Hoax’

By: Monday June 30, 2014 12:02 pm

CNBC was caught recently soliciting an op-ed that would label climate change a “hoax.” According to Republic Report, a CNBC employee sent an email to DeSmog Blog under the mistaken impression that because the site contained information on climate change skeptic Alan Carlin it was in some way affiliated with him.

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