April 10th, 2017
Exclusive interview with photojournalist Shay Horse who was arrested and charged with felony rioting (10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine) at Donald Trump's Inaugural #J20. He takes us step by step through his perilous day and a half journey from paddy wagon to three different holding sites. It's an important story for anyone working in journalism or those who care about press freedoms under the next 4 years of the Trump administration.
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March 10th, 2017
This week on the the insurgency USA podcast I talk to freelance journalist Arun Gupta on an array of things from how the media is dealing with Trump to the state of independent media. We’re both journalists who remember the Bush administration so we make some parallels as the rest of the country seems to go through a new found love affair with the former president and war criminal.
In other news immigrants are running to another border - the Canadian one to escape the USA, Trumps promises of only using US steel for the new pipelines has already been proven a lie by my friends over at Desmogblog and I have a story there from my time at CPAC which documents the “Fake News and Climate change panel….” it’s one that you have to watch to really believe.
You can follow Arun at @arunindy on twitter and follow his work all over but usually at The Raw Story.
February 11th, 2017
Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism -- which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful. - Hunter S Thompson
Thompson wrote those words in his obituary of Richard Nixon. The obit, originally published in Rolling Stone was called "He was a Crook."
This week our guest is international human rights lawyer Sarah Kay. She’s a friend that’s advised me a quite a few subjects behind the scenes over the years and has traveled to far too many dangerous parts of the world to make sure that human rights are protected. This episode is also dedicated her recently departed Grandmother.
These words are from Sarah - to Grandma Renee - she raised kids in a war zone without flinching. that she raised me in a war zone to make me more than what belfast would have otherwise made of me. When trump was elected, she said, "i went through this in 1940. I'm not doing this again. (I blame Trump for losing her.)
You can donate to Amnesty International Ireland in her name here.
Your reading for this week is here:
He's out: Former Gov. Don Siegelman released from prison
Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump
House committee votes to shut down the Election Assistance Commission
Up to 13,000 secretly hanged in Syrian jail, says Amnesty
Opening Song: Impala / Camaro by Monplaisir