Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Denver Post: Biased and twisted article about military helicopters at Wounded Knee

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Denver Post published a biased and twisted article concerning the Lakota protest of the military helicopters attempting to land at Wounded Knee on Saturday. The Denver Post twisted the facts into a pro-military press release, disguised as a news article, without quoting any of the Lakotas or their reasons for halting the helicopters.
The statements by Debra White Plume, Lakota, and others were easily available on the Internet on Monday, even an armchair journalist at the Denver Post could have found those.
This is one of the real problems with the collapse of the news industry, a reporter can take a small bit of information and twist it into their own crusade, in this case a pro-military article. Whey doesn't the Denver Post have contacts with the Lakota people on Pine Ridge? If the Denver Post is going to publish articles about Lakotas, why don't they know any Lakota people that they can quote, other than politicians? This is armchair journalism at its worst.
This Denver Post article violates all the ethics of journalism:
Please read instead the statement of Debra White Plume, Lakota, and others posted here:

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