By William K. Black
October 18, 2016 Kansas City, MO
What happens in the petrocracy formerly known as the State of North Dakota to the tiny minority of reporters who actually expose the misconduct of the petrocrats? Fracking has perverted many organs of the government in North Dakota into petro-cronies. They act to protect their petrocrat patrons from criticism from this minority of reporters. A county North Dakota prosecutor decided to use what is becoming the petrocrats’ favorite strategy to censor Amy Goodman by imprisoning her.
In North Dakota, the petrocrats hired a force of goons with attack dogs to intimidate and attack Native American protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Amy Goodman, an award-winning journalist most famous for Democracy Now, was the only journalist to cover the attack on the protesters. The petrocrats were enraged when her video of the private goons and their dogs’ attacks on the protesters attained wide publicity.