From the beginning weeks at Standing Rock, the impression was that authorities were trying to silence journalists from reporting on the fight to stop the pipeline.

There’s a strange and cynical poetry to how independent journalists struggled to first report on the significance of Standing Rock, effectively making it profitable for the corporate media to actually show up and shoehorn the story into their 24-hour news cycle, only to be abandoned by the very organizations who, because of Trump, are now effusively howling on the importance of the free press and the First Amendment.

Yes, for a democratic society to function, freedom of the press is essential. But for freedom of the press to function, it means that the standard of newsworthiness should not depend on if a story generates corporate revenue.


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