#Amy Goodman has turned herself in to North Dakota authorities after being charged with criminal trespassing for covering a private militia’s violent crackdown on protesters in North Dakota. Goodman announced on Thursday on her show "Democracy Now!" “I will go back to North Dakota to fight this charge,” she said. “It is a clear violation of the First Amendment." Goodman went on to say "I was doing my job as a journalist, covering a violent attack on Native American protesters."

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Journalism criminalized

On Saturday September 3rd as Goodman was covering the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline private security guards violently attacked the protesters. Goodman’s live coverage showed guards attacking protesters using dogs and pepper spray and showed a dog with blood on its mouth and nose Goodman’s footage went viral..

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Billionaires media ownership

Gone are the days of a vigilant press, here to stay are billionaire owned infotainment style misinformation. Billionaire media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg were once an anomaly but now are the norm. The media has been bought out by billionaires like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Since the demise of the Fairness Doctrine under Ronald Reagan, billionaires now own part or all of several of America’s influential national newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Allegations are now facts

The fourth estate now publishes allegations as fact, a sort of lazy journalism that serves its bought-and-paid-for

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