The Bugaboo That Is Advocacy Journalism

The Bugaboo That Is Advocacy Journalism

The host of Straight Up asked if I saw myself as a journalist or an advocate and I replied: “I see myself as a journalist, but also an advocate for changing the condition of black Americans. Neutrality is a privileged position.”

Huge Pipeline Company Kinder Morgan Hired Off-Duty Cops to “Deter Protests” in Pennsylvania

Huge Pipeline Company Kinder Morgan Hired Off-Duty Cops to “Deter Protests” in Pennsylvania

The “largest energy infrastructure company in North America” paid tens of thousands of dollars to a Pennsylvania police department for cops to keep protesters away from a pipeline construction site.

The Insurance Scam That’s Fleecing Low-Income Drivers — And How Police Are Making It Worse

The Insurance Scam That’s Fleecing Low-Income Drivers — And How Police Are Making It Worse

Scammers pose as insurance agents and offer cheap policies — and then victims are doubly punished when police accuse them of being in on the ruse and seize their vehicles.

Senator Inhofe: Patriot Act Critics Forget That North Korea, Iraq on Path to “Kill Everyone”

Senator Inhofe: Patriot Act Critics Forget That North Korea, Iraq on Path to “Kill Everyone”

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., says his office is getting deluged with phone calls in support of his colleague Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-Ky., campaign to end dragnet surveillance enabled by the Patriot Act. But in an interview on Friday with radio station KTOK in Oklahoma City, Inhofe dismissed his constituents, claiming that privacy advocates don’t understand>>

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Vetoes Major Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Vetoes Major Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., issued a press release on Friday declaring that he vetoed six pieces of legislation, including major reforms to Maryland criminal justice law. The governor, who campaigned on a promise to limit government overreach to win his upset victory last November, vetoed legislation designed to rein in law enforcement abuse of power,>>

Exclusive: Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

Exclusive: Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

The report, issued by the ATF last July, includes investigations into the Bandidos and Cossacks, whose bloody clash last weekend left nine dead in Waco, Texas.

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

The three-day conference included current or former spy chiefs from seven countries, including the U.S. and U.K., plus academics and journalists.

Cantwell Delivers Howler to Explain Vote on Trade Bill, Pointed Stenography Ensues

Cantwell Delivers Howler to Explain Vote on Trade Bill, Pointed Stenography Ensues

Sen. Maria Cantwell engaged in a very public maneuver on the Senate floor Thursday, withholding her vote in favor of the big trade bill until she got assurances that there would be a vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank. Afterward, explaining the fervency of her support for the Ex-Im Bank, she told such a howler>>

Chris Christie Uses Rhetorical Strategy Right Out of the Zealot Handbook

Chris Christie Uses Rhetorical Strategy Right Out of the Zealot Handbook

Chris Christie took a trip to New Hampshire this week, where he explained it would be a horrendous mistake for Congress to impose new restrictions on the National Security Agency. What he said may sound to you like standard, boring politican-speak, but read it anyway: We lost a friend of ours in our parish [on September 11, 2001].>>

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

At least one slice of the American public looks forward to the sleazy presidential election ads: media executives.